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Quintessential Hitchcock. One of the All-Time Great Entertainments.


- Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide


NORTH BY NORTHWEST

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS


Warner Home Video Gives Legendary

Hitchcock Thriller


Million Dollar Restoration for Blu-ray Book

and Special Edition DVD Debuts November 3




Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason


Co-starring Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll and Martin Landau




Featuring Two New Documentaries




Burbank, Calif., July 20, 2009 - On November 3, Warner Home Video celebrates the 50th anniversary of North by Northwest, Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock's sleek masterwork, with spectacularly restored 50th Anniversary Editions on Blu-ray and DVD, newly remastered in 1080p from original VistaVision film elements.




The arrival of North by Northwest on Blu-ray is a landmark event in home video history, as it marks the very first of the famed director's films to become available on this state-of-the-art format. Accordingly, the film has received a meticulous restoration and remastering especially for this occasion with Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging scanning the original VistaVision production elements in 8K resolution. The resulting presentation reveals a depth of field and clarity never before possible, only serving to heighten every thrill-packed moment of this beloved classic.




Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, co-starring Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll and Martin Landau, the stylish, action-packed espionage caper was written by Ernest Lehman, with music by Bernard Herrmann. Nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Writing, Film Editing and Art Direction, the film was lauded as #4 on AFI's 100 Years100 Thrills and selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.




North by Northwest will be available for the first time in premium Blu-ray Book packaging, selling for $34.99 SRP and as a Special Edition DVD, retailing for $24.98 SRP. Both versions boast two new documentaries. The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style consists of interviews, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage to reveal what defines the unmistakable Hitchcock style. In North by Northwest: One for the Ages today's top directors Guillermo del Toro, William Friedkin, Curtis Hanson, and Francis Lawrence share their interpretations on the film's importance and its influence on their own work. The Blu-ray Book also contains 44 pages full of photos, film facts and insider information.'




Also on November 3, Hitchcock fans will be able to add to their collections with TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers, containing four of the director's finest movies on two discs. The films in this collection are: I Confess, Strangers on a Train, Suspicion and The Wrong Man. The four-title set will sell for $27.92 SRP.




About the film


Cary Grant (as the ultimate man-on-the-run in his fourth Hitchcock teaming) gives a superlative performance while Eva Marie Saint (perfect Hitchcock heroine Eve Kendall) is at her sultry and sexy best in this heart-pounding thriller. Grant plays Manhattan adman Roger Thornhill, who is at once plunged into the world of spies and counterspies, abducted, framed for murder, chased, and (in the signature set-piece) crop-dusted. At the films' end, he hangs on for dear life from the facial features of Mount Rushmore's Presidents where he ultimately rescues Miss Saint.




New Special Features:


* Documentary: The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style

* Documentary: North by Northwest: One for the Ages




Additional Special Features:


* Screenwriter commentary

* Music only track

* Cary Grant: A Class Apart [2003 TCM Documentary]

* Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest hosted by Eva Marie Saint

* Photo gallery

* Trailer gallery
 

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You're welcome, Art. I like that the release says the original Vistavision elements were scanned at 8k resolution (!). Should be far more impressive than the current DVD release. Scanning at that resolution bodes well for something like Ben Hur.
 

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Fantastic news! Picked up the Original Soundtrack last week from Amazon (~$10) and love this film. 8k - holy cow! No Amazon pre-order link up yet - just the 'notify me'...
 

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Very excited. The DVD has been on perpetual play in my system! I've been dreaming about a carefully done HD remaster of this film! Can't wait!
 

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Also on November 3, Hitchcock fans will be able to add to their collections with TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers, containing four of the director's finest movies on two discs. The films in this collection are: I Confess, Strangers on a Train, Suspicion and The Wrong Man. The four-title set will sell for $27.92 SRP.

Based upon the price, this has got to be SD-DVD, right?


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Based upon the price, this has got to be SD-DVD, right?


Doug

Pretty safe assumption. Otherwise the press release would have said something about "the first five Hitchcock films" to be released in a hi-def format.


It certainly takes a degree of shamelessness to describe Francis Lawrence as one of "today's top directors" and The Wrong Man and I Confess as "among the director's finest movies." Don't get me wrong: I'm a fan of The Wrong Man, but there are at 20 other AH titles ahead of it in my mind. And you'd have to look pretty far to find a significant number of people who had it in their pantheon of his finest.
 

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Fantastic news! Picked up the Original Soundtrack last week from Amazon (~$10) and love this film. 8k - holy cow! No Amazon pre-order link up yet - just the 'notify me'...

BTW, unless they've corrected it in later pressings, the channels on the CD are reversed.
 

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I like that the release says the original Vistavision elements were scanned at 8k resolution (!). Should be far more impressive than the current DVD release. Scanning at that resolution bodes well for something like Ben Hur.

Yes indeed. As I said in closed thread, where the f**k is Ben Hur ?!


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Yes indeed. As I said in closed thread, where the f**k is Ben Hur ?!


Art

Short and to the point! Good question.


BTW, given the age of NBNW, wouldn't it be surprising if they're scanning the camera original neg. They're probably scanning some B&W seps made soon after the original shoot. Right?
 

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BTW, given the age of NBNW, wouldn't it be surprising if they're scanning the camera original neg.


Somewhere I read, probably from Robert Harris and probably on the forum, that the VistaVision negative was not usable. I believe it is a Technicolor film, which should mean the 35mm B&W matrices are out there.
 

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A great movie, but an old one too, so the DVD version is as good as it's going to get and won't look significantly better in HD, unfortunately. Still, a good buy if you don't have the DVD.

Older movies on blu-ray look much better than the dvd.
 

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A great movie, but an old one too, so the DVD version is as good as it's going to get and won't look significantly better in HD, unfortunately. Still, a good buy if you don't have the DVD.

That's utter nonsense.


Old films can look spectacular in HD.
 
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