Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre

     
 

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This budget-priced DVD release of one of Alfred Hitchcock's early successes gives the material a straightforward presentation. The Man Who Knew Too Much has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options included.…  See more details below

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This budget-priced DVD release of one of Alfred Hitchcock's early successes gives the material a straightforward presentation. The Man Who Knew Too Much has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options included. Bonus materials include background data on the movie, a collection of trivia facts, a text biography of Alfred Hitchcock, and a gallery of still photos. This film is currently in the public domain, and as a consequence, this is one of several DVD editions of the title currently on the market.

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Though Alfred Hitchcock would remake the movie himself in 1956 with a bigger budget, the original 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much is arguably a more historically significant and aesthetically interesting film. It was Hitchcock's first true international hit. Though he wouldn't have a major success in America until The Lady Vanishes, Man and the subsequent The 39 Steps helped establish the director's distinctive style and lay the groundwork for his popularity. Along with Hitchcock's trademark blend of suspense and humor and blurring of the normal and abnormal, the film also features his characteristically grand showpieces, most memorably the recreation of the true-life "Sidney Street Siege" and the famous Albert Hall scene. The film was also significant as German actor Peter Lorre's first English-language part. Having fled Nazi Germany in 1933, Lorre had to learn his lines phonetically, but he steals the film as the cruel but melancholic bad guy, and his difficulties with English barely show. The actor would go on to give memorable turns in such notable Hollywood productions as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
UPC:
0011891970167
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tgg Direct
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:15:00

Special Features

Fully restored and enhanced digital masters; Interactive menus; Original graphics; Chapters -- Direct scene access; Biography; Facts & trivia; Film information; Special collector's photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Banks Bob Lawrence
Edna Best Jill Lawrence
Peter Lorre Abbott
Frank Vosper Ramon Levine
Hugh Wakefield Clive
Nova Pilbeam Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay Louis Bernard
George Curzon Gibson
Cicely Oates Nurse Agnes
D.A. Clarke-Smith Insp. Binstead
Celia Lovsky Actor
Henry Oscar Dentist
Guillermo del Toro Interviewee

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Arthur Benjamin Score Composer
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Curt Courant Cinematographer
Edwin Greenwood Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Proud Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
A.R. Rawlinson Screenwriter
Hugh Stewart Editor
Emlyn Williams Screenwriter
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Skeet and Spies [22:06]
2. Intrigue and Dentists [16:25]
3. Captured! [14:16]
4. Rescue Attempt [22:16]

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The Man Who Knew Too Much 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
monty1 More than 1 year ago
The British films of Alfred Hitchcock have always been his best. And films like The Man Who Knew Too Much from 1934 (not to be mistaken for Hitchcock's remake from the '50s) stands proudly with such titles like The Lady Vanishes and 39 Steps. I have loved the original Man Who Knew Too Much all these years. Seeing it so many times from crummy public domain prints, Criterion has given this classic from 1934 a new life! This version is digitally restored and looks fantastic for a film I thought was beyond repair for a good copy to be released to home video. This disc is not up to the beauty of The Lady Vanishes, but comes close. I film us fans thought was long gone out of existence has been rescued by our friends at Criterion. I look forward to adding Hitchcock's early work to my video library and show my friends where the genius got his beginnings. The original Man Who Knew hold up much better than the slicker remake Hitch would make some twenty years later. If you want the suspense that early Hitchcock films give us, then do not hesitate to include The Man Who Knew along with The Lady Vanishes and 39 Steps. These all are great blu rays and the detail on all these discs are beyond what any other studio could produce except for Criterion. They respect the classic films and it shows in these early works by the one and only Alfred Hitchcock.