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Hitchcock's FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT: Anybody have any news?


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin Leonard

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Posted February 14 2002 - 05:08 PM

Foreign Correspondent is without a doubt my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film. When Universal and Criterion started issuing fantastic DVD's of Hitch's library last year, I hoped that Correspondent would be among them. So much for that.

Does anyone have any news on a forthcoming DVD release of this film? Extras would be nice, but just a clean transfer would be enough for me. I have a decent-looking version I recorded off AMC (before they started their unfortunate descent), but it's quickly wearing out.

To be honest, I have no idea who even owns the rights to this. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Derek M Germano

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Posted February 14 2002 - 05:33 PM

As far as I know, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT is in the Warner Home Video library as part of the same package that contains I MARRIED A WITCH and the Jack Benny version of TO BE OR NOT TO BE. All three of these classics really need to be released on DVD.
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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Brendon

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Posted February 14 2002 - 09:31 PM

Kevin,

Foreign Correspondant was amongst the various unreleased Hitchock films mentioned in this thread: Hitchcock fans-help!

To go off topic for a second: you are not the only Elvis Costello fan on the forum. Bacharach & Costello's Painted From Memory is rarely out of my CD player!

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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Mike Girardi

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Posted February 15 2002 - 02:08 AM

If you're desperate, will accept no features, and can deal with a Chinese menu, these guys sell a legitimate (not a bootleg) R0/NTCS import from Hong Kong for $20:

http://www.hitch2001.com/dvd.htm

Naturally there are Chinese subs as well, but they can be turned off. For the price, it's worth it (especially considering there's no other release of this title on DVD).

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted February 15 2002 - 03:29 AM

I'll bet Warner is planning on an eventual 1-2-3 punch, releasing THE WRONG MAN, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT and DIAL "M" FOR MURDER simultaneously.

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   PatrickL

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Posted February 15 2002 - 03:33 AM

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I'll bet Warner is planning on an eventual 1-2-3 punch...

Very logical, and with any luck they'll throw in "I Confess" too. While not among Hitchcock's best, I happen to like it anyway.

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Derek M Germano

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Posted February 15 2002 - 03:51 AM

In that case, lets not forget about STAGE FRIGHT.
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#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Rain

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Posted February 15 2002 - 04:01 AM

Definitely need this one on DVD!

And let me also add: Lifeboat and Suspicion.

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#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted February 15 2002 - 09:03 AM

Lifeboat is FOX.

I hope WB has all of the Hitchcock films restored that they own before DVD release...

Also, I'd like to add that I'd like those and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Jay E

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Posted February 15 2002 - 09:12 AM

Does every movie Warner owns need restoration?

If so, why are they restoring films such as The Old Man & the Sea & The Prince & the Showgirl before such classics as Bringing up Baby, White Heat, The Thing, Public Enemy, Treasure of Sierra Madre, Gunga Din, The Hitchcock films & hundreds of other more deserving titles?

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted February 15 2002 - 11:57 AM

I meant restored as in a digital restoration or if the film is already restored.

Foreign Correspondent was part of the WB->AAP->UA->MGM->Turner->WB package, so it might need or needed restoration.