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Mr. And Mrs. Smith DVD Review

Mr. And Mrs. Smith DVD

“Mr. And Mrs. Smith” is lesser Hitchcock. Continue reading

February 20, 2016 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Wrong Man Blu-ray Review

The Wrong Man Blu-ray

You can’t go wrong with a Hitchcock movie. Continue reading

January 27, 2016 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

Jamaica Inn Blu-ray Review

Jamaica Inn Blu-ray

In honor of the film’s 75th anniversary, Cohen Films has released a dazzling new Blu-ray edition of Alfred Hitchcock’s underrated classic “Jamaica Inn.” Continue reading

May 21, 2015 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , | Leave a comment

Foreign Correspondent Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Foreign Correspondent Blu-rayDVD Combo Pack

“Foreign Correspondent” is a vastly underrated Hitchcock film. Continue reading

March 6, 2014 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bates Motel Season 1 Blu-ray Review

Bates Motel Season 1 Blu-ray

“Bates Motel” is the best new show of 2013. Continue reading

September 13, 2013 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hitchcock Blu-ray Review

Hitchcock Blu-ray

“Hitchock” is an involving, funny, and fascinating biopic. Continue reading

March 20, 2013 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 39 Steps Blu-ray Review

“The 39 Steps” is a solid early Hitchcock film. Continue reading

July 7, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , | Leave a comment

Notorious Blu-ray Review

“Notorious” is essential Hitchock. Continue reading

February 24, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

Rebecca Blu-Ray Review

Rebecca may not be one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most infamous films, but it is arguably one of the more important ones in his long career. It was his first American film, and his work earned him the first of six Oscar nominations for Best Director. He didn’t win, though. In fact, it is still unfathomable that the man many consider to be one of the greatest directors of all time never won an directorial Oscar himself.

The movie itself won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar, the only one of Hitch’s 50+ films to do so. Did it deserve such an award? Arguably not, since both The Philadelphia Story and The Grapes of Wrath, released the same year, were far better pictures. Still, the movie is somewhat of a milestone. Without its critical accolades, who knows if Hitch would have been given the opportunity to helm such later classics as Notorious, north by Northwest, Vertigo or Psycho?

The movie itself isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s extremely enjoyable and worth multiple viewings, especially for Hitchcock fans. This story of a newlywed woman being haunted by her obsessive husband’s previous wife is a good one, and definitely worthy of the Hitchcock treatment. I just don’t think it ranks right up there with his greatest achievements. Then again, I still champion Rope as his best film, a movie hardly anyone seems to appreciate as much as I do.

Blu-Ray extras:
Commentary by critic Richard Schickel
Music & effects track
The Gothic World of Daphne Du Maurier
Making of Rebecca
Screen tests
Radio plays
Hitchcock interviews
Original trailer

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spellbound Blu-ray Review

“Spellbound” is not one of Hitchcock’s finer efforts. Continue reading

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment