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Old 11-02-2003, 15:05   #1
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Exclamation Hitchcock recommendations please - NEW QUESTION ON 2nd PAGE! PLEASE REPLY!!!

I have already seen Vertigo, Psycho and Strangers on a train. I enjoyed Strangers on a Train, but didn't think it was top end. Psycho & Vertigo were superb films, but I don't think I'd watch them again. To give you an idea of what I like, here is my current TOP 10.

CURRENT TOP 10 FILMS

1) Usual Suspects
2) L.A. Confidential
3) French Connection
4) Leon (International Version)
5) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
6) Hard Boiled
7) Seven Samurai
8) The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards)
9) A Shot in the Dark (Blake Edwards)
10) Casablanca

What Hitchcocks are for me, out of his large back catalogue? 39 Steps, North by Northwest and Notorious are all on the cards!

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Old 11-02-2003, 15:13   #2
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While you didn't like Strangers On A Train, which to me, is top end Hitchcock, you won't have any trouble enjoying North By Northwest. This is a very entertaining, quite action orientated film, which is also very funny and has a terrific climax.

Rear Window is my favourite Hitchcock film, and has a really good rewatch value. I'd recommend this above all his others.

I'm guessing, though don't know for sure, the Criterion releases of his films are the choice DVD's to go for, but 'Rear Window' is released through Universal and 'North By Northwest' through Warner, and both are excellent DVDs. NBN has one of the best video transfers available, plus a interesting docu. RW also has a good transfer and short docu.

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Old 11-02-2003, 15:18   #3
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Personally, I'd definitely place "Strangers.." as top-end Hitchcock.

Anyway, I'd suggest:

1. Frenzy - vastly underrated, very well achieved London-set thriller with some of Hitchcock's best directing moments.

2. North By Northwest - one of the most sheerly enjoyable movies ever made

3. Marnie - long undervalued, riveting psycho-sexual thriller

4. Shadow of a Doubt - Hitchcock's own favourite among his films and a fine, subtle drama with a couple of brilliant set-pieces.

5. Notorious - probably Hitchcock's best movie but it depends on how you respond to his deeply twisted sense of romantic drama.
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Old 11-02-2003, 15:21   #4
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I can only recommend North by northwest, it's one of his best
I also always enjoyed Torn Curtain, i think it's totally underrated, it has Paul Newman and one of the best killing scenes ever.
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Just Call Me Wanda & Mike - Thanks, both replies are very helpful.
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Old 11-02-2003, 15:26   #6
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Interesting Jowy, thanks.
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North By Northwest & Rear Window for me both very good

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Jez - Popular choices today!

Garry Cowell - Thats one less to get on DVD! Thanks!
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I also always enjoyed Torn Curtain, i think it's totally underrated, it has Paul Newman and one of the best killing scenes ever.

I don't think it's all that good personally, but I fully agree about the killing scene. One of the most riveting such scenes in all of Hitchcock's films in fact.
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Old 11-02-2003, 16:18   #11
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another vote for north by northwest! Strangers is a very good film - but its not really enhanced on DVD like NBNW and Vertigo.

Although possibly my fav is Rope - I need to get it on dvd myself.

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For all interested, Chaosmusic have a bloody good deal on some of the Hitchcocks at the mo.
http://www.chaosmusic.com/shop/multi...Class=hitcheap

about £7.20 each delivered - can't vouch for quality and it looks like a 1-6 week wait depending on which ones you order. I've already got a note saying "The man who knew too much" (remake) has been sent and I'm waiting on Vertigo and Rear Window. HTH
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Only two Hitchcock films I've seen are, Rope and The Birds, both of which I thought were great films

I especially like Rope, as the sheer audacity of the plot the two guys hatch is brilliant, and their reasons for doing what they did are intriguing....
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definitely go for 39 Steps.. top film.

I'd regard it as the basis for North by Northwest and virtually all "chase" movies since... the template if you like... really stands up well still.

North by Northwest is even more enjoyable.. not his greatest "pure" film but his most entertaining for me - a good cheap top quality DVD too.

based on your fav film list, I'd say definitely these 2 for starters, plus Spellbound and Notorious later on maybe...
these are all good thrillers with suspense.. similar to your list (LA Confidential and Usual Suspects for example).

personally I hated Shadow of a Doubt and Torn Curtain... some good scenes but bad to average films overall. Frenzy is slightly better but not much.

NB some of those R2 DVDs aren't necessarily the best, the cheap versions of Spellbound and Notorious are actually surprisingly good and can be picked up for £6-7 if you're lucky. however, a few of the universal dvds like the Birds & Marnie are 4:3, but the R1s are anamorphic widescreen... possibly some of the others also? not sure about the R4 discs (still 4:3 according to ezydvd).
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my personal favourites are most definately Rear Window and North By Northwest, the latter i have a feeling i could watch many, many times, and i ain't the kind of person to watch films repeatedly (except comedies). I haven't seen all of Hitchcock's films yet, but North By Northwest is most definately one of my favourite films in general!!

shouts out to Catch A Thief and Rebecca...

but NBNW, i really can't see how he or anyone else could top it!!
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Rear Window and North by Northwest are both
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The fantastic Rear Window was the one to open my eyes to Mr Hitchcock. BTW North by Northwest is currently only £5.99 in Tower Records which for them is a shocking bargain.
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Thanks everyone, good advice I'm sure.
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Is there difference in the picture quality of the old and SE in Carlton's releases of "The 39 Steps", or is it only the extras that are improved?

The old version + "the Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)" has a very good price if I buy them together as a 2-pack
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not a fan of hitchcock films but even i really enjoyed rear window.
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