North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This special edition of North by Northwest was well worth getting. It has great extras including a fascinating film biography of Cary Grant. This movie always grabs my attention from start to finish because of its exciting pace, well cast characters and masterful directing, editing and acting. The commentary shed light on how the whole story was developed from a conversation between Hitchcock and the screenwriter Lehman as the germ of an idea into a finished story with all its twists and turns and changes of locale. This edition offers a lot for the money including behind the scenes glimpses into how the film was made.
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
And it's even better than you'll remember it being on Blu-Ray. It's got Cary Grant playing a character who is essentially Cary Grant, which is good because he's sexy and suave and, well, Cary Grant. And it's got one of the best scripts ever written; it's so well-written and witty you barely even notice the preposterosity of the plot. It also sports one of the greatest film scores ever written, by Bernard Herrmann. And, finally, it's one of the movies Hitchcock made when he was at the height of his skill as a director. I've seen NORTH BY NORTHWEST at least a dozen times over the years, and it's still as fresh and as witty as it ever was. And on Blu-Ray, it's as close to cinematic nirvana as you're ever going to get outside of a real movie theater.
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One of the greatest movies ever. Certainly my all-time favorite. It has it all. Actors: the incomparable Cary Grant, the elegant Eva Marie Saint, the great Jason Mason, Martin Landau, Jesse Royce Landis... A story full of twists and turns. Instantly recognizeable scenes: the car getaway, the scene on the Mt. Rushmore monument, and one of the most famous of all time: the crop duster scene. Add in that theme score and you get Hitchcock at his finest. They don't make movies like this any more.
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Walter_Winchell_II More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this film as a child in the theaters, and on TV all the time in the early days of television. But to see it in 1080P on Blu Ray Disc is an experience that can't be reviewed in writing - it must be viewed. They remastered this film expertly. A real exciting Hitchcock film. When one scene ended, another unexpected and excellent scene began. Blu Ray is fantastic for the next generation who never had the opportunity to see the film in theaters or on TV. Excellent. Just excellent. Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint were at their best. And Leo G. Carroll, from the T.V. show "Topper" fame was the best actor cast in his role. I never believed Blu Ray would really make much of a difference until I saw "North by Northwest" in Blu Ray. Thank You.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great 1959 Suspence Thriller is a pure classic. My favorite part in the movie is the auction. When Cary Grant is trying to make trouble, this is what he does to get the police. The story does get kind of complacated. The length is 2 Hrs. and 16 Mins. In the origianl trailer, Hitchcock says, ''I promise you nothing but entertainment.'' ''A vacation from all your problems, as it was for me.'' Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"It's so horribly sad," says a CIA agent in 'North by Northwest,' "how is it I feel like laughing?" It is a question one might ask of the film. Alfred Hitchcock's first movie after "Vertigo" might also have its serious implications about identity and sexual tensions, but they are kept at arm's length by the sheer delight in malevolent inventiveness. Hitchcock often recalled remarking at story conferences: "Wouldn't it be fun if we killed him this way?" "North by Northwest" remains one of the greatest of all comedy thrillers precisely because of its ability to be at its funniest when also at its most frightening. Hitchcock had long wanted to film a chase across the presidential faces sculptured into Mount Rushmore. He also had an idea for a film that would begin at the United Nations in New York and end in the wastes of Alaska. Another idea that intrigued the director was for a story involving a non-existent character or event. He remembered a conversation with a New York newspaper man who had offered him the idea of the CIA inventing a fake decoy agent in a spy plot. John Michael Hayes said that Hitch invited him to script "North by Northwest" well before Ernest Lehman was given the job. The reason that Lehman was finally chosen to write the script--apart from his impressive credentials, which included such films as "Sabrina," "Executive Suite," and "Sweet Smell of Success"--was MCA's negotiation for Hitchcock of a one-picture deal with M-G-M, where Lehman happened to be under contract. The two began to work, calling their project "In a Northwesterly Direction," a title later changed at the suggestion of M-G-M itself. Hitchcock's exploitation of the dramatic contrast between bizarre foreground and benign background has seldom been more ingeniously demonstrated than in "North by Northwest." A hotel lobby is the setting for kidnapping, the United Nations building for murder, and the stone face of Mount Rushmore for perilous pursuit. Most famously, Hitchcock even injects paranoia into a prairie setting when Thornhill (Cary Grant) is sprayed with bullets from a crop-dusting biplane. It is Hitchcock's most dazzling reversal of thriller cliché: here the dark deed takes place in bright sunlight. It is also a set-piece that is brilliantly set up by the film, establishing a hero who is the embodiment of urban man then suddenly depositing him in a setting where he is small, vulnerable and exposed. And it shows his arrival at the scene from a vantage point that subtly implies danger without revealing what it is. The crop-dusting episode is an object lesson in how to prepare and pace a suspense sequence. Apart from the technique, what makes "North by Northwest" exceptional amongst comedy thrillers is the maturity of its relationships and perceptive cynicism of its politics. The central love relationship has the kind of tensions one has observed elsewhere in Hitchcock. As in "Vertigo," the girl falls in love with the man almost out of guilt at setting him up as in "Suspicion" and "Spellbound" she makes love to a man who could be a murderer. For his part, he seems only too willing to be ensnared by a sexual siren who might be summoning him to his doom. Politically, the film also has a comment to make about the callous exploitation and abuse of individuals for minor political advantage in a deadly game of strategy, performance, bluff and double bluff. But it would be unwise to distort the emphasis of the various elements. Lots of familiar Hitchcock ingredients are bubbling in "North by Northwest": the theme of the wrong man, the precariousness of identity, the ineffectuality of the police. The ultimate effect, however, is of a dazzling and exhilarating cinematic display, the American Dream played out as potential nightmare but in broad daylight an
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
North by Northwest glistens on Blu-ray. Although the film has always looked good in it's previous television incarnations, it is especially triumphant in it's current high-def format. It's the first Hitchcock film to make it to Blu-ray, and I believe, it will set the bar for the subsequent Hitchcock films that are released.
Dauphine More than 1 year ago
North By Northwest is truly a classic. Classic Hitchcock and classic Cary Grant. It is entertaining, suspenseful, maddening and funny.
Texaschic22 More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant's best movie!! Love the chase scene with the airplane. Filming with different angles is spectacular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like North by Northwest. I thought it focused too much on the sex and not enough on the thrills. Cary Grant is OK in the movie, but not great. Same with Eva Marie Saint. The most disappointing Hitchcok thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant - at the peak of his postwar and Cold War elegance. Grant plays New York ad exec Roger Thornhill. At a business meeting in New York's Plaza Hotel, murderous foreign agents mistake Grant for a government spy named Kaplan. Grant tries to stay alive as he extricates himself from a web of mistaken identity and Cold War espionage. There's a romance here with Eva Marie Saint and a cliffhanger ending on top of Mount Rushmore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great Hitchcock film. Funny as well as thrilling. The scenes of Mt Rushmore are spectacular. Don't forget to view the Behind the Scenes Documentary by Eva St Marie. The photo of Hitchcock's portrait aong side of the Presidents on Rushmore is priceless. I really enjoyed this film.
SouthernDolphin More than 1 year ago
Director Alfred Hitchcock made another sophisticated thriller with some humor and a cool blonde. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint make a good team.
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