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Old 11-06-2005, 09:22   #301
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Would someone mind giving me a run down on The Man Who Knew Too Much, it sounds pretty good similar to North by north?

Anyone fancy giving me a mini review, state of dvd etc?
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The Mman Who Knew Too Much (1934)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Both at the excellent Alfred Hitchcock DVD Information Site
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Old 14-06-2005, 17:00   #303
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Thanks John but can anyone give me there opinon on it good/bad? Similar to north as good as north etc?

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If you're talking about the Hitch remake with Jimmy Stewart, I think it's pretty good. Some suspenseful scenes, fun performances and a great finish at the Royal Albert Hall. It's too long and it dawdles a bit around the middle but it's worth seeing. The original from the 1930s is better still.

As for comparisons with NxNW it's not as good but then what is? I think NxNW is the greatest comedy film ever made, one of the very few films to make nail-biting suspense incredibly funny.

The R2 DVD of this is fine as far as I can see, especially for the bargain prices it currently goes for.
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I'd have thought you'd have found all you need to know at that site, particularly at their forum, but there you go...

FWIW, I might as well stick my two penn'orth in, there's no real similarity with NbNW (but then again it is Hitch), you'd be looking more at Young and Innocent, The 39 Steps, Saboteur, Foreign Correspondent IMHO; personally, I prefer the early version to the remake, but neither is as polished or as slickly economical as NbNW. Good, bad? It's Hitch man...

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I have to say I prefer the original version too

In terms of DVD releases, the Carlton one is probably the best UK release of the original version. The other Hitch releases from Waterfall Home Entertainment are fairly poor, so my guess is that their release of TMWKTM will be too.

The "remake" has a fairly decent release from Universal, although it could do with some restoration.

By the way, the recent French releases from Studio Canal and TF1 Vidéo are now on the site, although they all have non-removable player generated subtitles
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Thanks John but can anyone give me there opinon on it good/bad? Similar to north as good as north etc?

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The original and the remake are among Hitchcocks better fillms, which means both are essential viewing.
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Old 14-06-2005, 22:22   #308
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I've only seen the '56 version of TMWKTM, quite good I thought (doesn't come near Vertigo or Rear Window though). Doris Day and that stupid 'Que Cera Cera' were quite grating IMO.

How are his early films made in England? Of those I've only seen 'Young and Innocent' and 'Secret Agent' - really average IMO. Neither are memorable except the zooming crane shot in Y&I.

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The "remake" has a fairly decent release from Universal, although it could do with some restoration.
ALL of Universal's Hitch releases could use a new restoration.

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How are his early films made in England? Of those I've only seen 'Young and Innocent' and 'Secret Agent' - really average IMO. Neither are memorable except the zooming crane shot in Y&I.
Well, I think his English work is among his best (and Hitch has a substantial list of 'best'), and that includes Young and Innocent, Secret Agent, Sabotage and The 39 Steps . I've just had a splendid evening with The Lady Vanishes and Stage Fright (the latter particularly another example of Hitch's deft hand with comedy).

BTW, tips, that UK R2 box we talked about? Granada Ventures are going box set mad right now - Rank and Powell & Pressburger Collections - and I have a feeling in my water that something may be coming...

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Damn; I've got half of these, but if Universal deliver, I may have to get 'em again:

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection in October - UPDATE! Digitally Remastered
Universal Studios Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection for 4th October 2005 priced at $119.98 SRP. This 15 Disc collection brings together 14 Hitchcock classics plus a bonus disc in a special gift set collection.

All 14 films are digitally re-mastered for the best quality ever with all bonus features from the existing releases carried across. The films are: Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubth, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot.

The all-new bonus disc showcases Hitchcock's films, career and legacy, while the set is presented in ultra-premium velvet packaging which includes a 36-page collectible book.


See DVD Times here

Might be worth keeping your eye on this page here, on the Universal website.

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Damn-it. Yet more double-dipping then

Though will these turn up on R2?
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Courtesy of DVD Empire, here's a shot of the packaging for the new Hitch box. It's popped up at deepdiscountdvd.com for $86.40, which is some indication of what it's going to cost from your etailer of choice.
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Quite like the box art, would fit nicely next to my Criterion Hitchcock Boxset. Looks like another double dip from me then.
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Given customs charges, might be cheaper to get a cheap trans-atlantic flight....
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Given customs charges, might be cheaper to get a cheap trans-atlantic flight....
and thats a bad thing? ( I'm going to be in NY in two weeks, any excuse for me to go over there again, I'll take it )
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Damn and I just recently bought R4 Psycho, Vertigo and Rear Window individually.

Ah well, can try to hock those off to a friend or something.
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DVD Times has some menu shots for the 'Masterpiece Collection' here; is it me, or does anyone else think that's a little thin for a whole disc (though it wouldn't be the first time; Universal's 'Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection' anyone?)

EDIT - not too bad on digging a little deeper; The American Film Institute Salute to Alfred Hitchcock alone weighs in a 100 minutes.

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Box art likes kinda nice...I am falling in love...I hope they have 're-mastered" a/v esp. for rear window, Rope and The Birds..I can't see how the can improve on the visuals for the birds and rear window though as both prints were in bad shape when restored previously...fingers crossed.

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Fantastic news for me - have steered clear of the Universals following mention on daveyp's site that Universal might be planning a re-release. Definitely top of my list for pre-ordering...
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Is this likely to be released in UK ? or do rights belong to someone else ?

Really dont want to pay those customs charges. Then again the UK price would probably be higher than the R1 + trans-atlantic flight ticket
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