Finally in a gorgeous Blu-ray presentation
From Criterion, with a cornucopia of extras
No need to give this one a great deal of thought
Belongs in every serious collection
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from earlier Blu-ray – A necessity
Very Highly Recommended
Back in the bad old days of laserdisc, when I was first discovering a lot of Hitchcock titles, I was shopping at The Laserdisc Exchange, a small indie shop that sold laserdiscs new and used. I happen to be searching the bins and saw a guy selling back his Criterion laserdisc of Notorius. I’d never seen it before and I was discovering Cary Grant titles too so I grabbed it. Wow, that was about 19 years.
Since then, I’ve collected every U.S. home video release, including the Criterion DVD, so very much looking forward to this.
I too once saw a really good print which is why I have never yet been satisfied with any disc version of Notorious.The good Dr. over at the other site was a bissela blase about this Blu-Ray, so I'm pleased to hear this earns a prominent place in RAH's Hall of Fame. I first saw NOTORIOUS at MOMA, probably in the early 70's. Have no idea if it was a nitrate print, but it was possibly the most gorgeous black & white film I have ever seen, with such rich blacks and greys that the only comparison I can make is to a Mocha Cake from Linz, Austria; rich, delectable and life transforming. Like many collectors on this forum, I have bought successive iterations of NOTORIOUS searching in vain for those glorious textures I first saw at MOMA so many decades ago. I look forward to experiencing the new Criterion, and thank Mr. Harris for his recommendation.
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
Yes, you find those rear screen projections throughout the entirety of Hitchcock, and they aren't often well disguised. It's part of his oeuvre.Keep in mind that the entire OCN does not survive. Some footage from fine grain and dupe neg. Also, before comments begin, there are rear screen shots which are quite noticeable, and of the era.
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
For clarity, parts of the OCN are no longer extant.Well, I started it, because the review SEEMED fairly negative, though he actually said what RAH said, that the original negative is missing, and therefore it can't be as perfectly resolved as it might have been, but within those parameters, it's close to perfect as it can be, and head and shoulders above all other issues. But you have to read what he wrote very carefully and pull that out from the mass of mostly negative verbiage. However, I must say that his little essay on THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS was about as cogent and profound a piece of criticism on Welles' film that I've read, and I recommend it highly.
Depends on the portion of his work you are referencing. In the 50s, much of the work was photographed in VistaVision and generally at Paramount, and the process photography is excellent in these films.Yes, you find those rear screen projections throughout the entirety of Hitchcock, and they aren't often well disguised. It's part of his oeuvre.
Generally excellent but not always; for example, the scene in the marketplace in The Man Who Knew Too Much as Stewart and Day are watching the acrobats and Hitch does his cameo. That's quite poor and very obvious.Depends on the portion of his work you are referencing. In the 50s, much of the work was photographed in VistaVision and generally at Paramount, and the process photography is excellent in these films.
This was the very first Criterion DVD I ever purchased way back in 2001 when I had a weekend job in high school, so I'm looking forward to upgrading again. It'll be the fourth time I've owned it as I also had the MGM Hitchcock set (with the other three Selznicks, Lifeboat, and three of his British films) and MGM's Blu-ray. That Blu-ray is actually quite nice - clearly off a gorgeous film element, but limited by being an older transfer with less cleanup.
The old Criterion was also my first CC DVD purchase. I had to save up forever in school to afford it and replace my worn VHS copy. I have the MGM version but really disliked what their work resulted in on the titles previously issued by others, particularly NOTORIOUS which I felt was far better on the Criterion DVD. Since then I even went back and picked up the CAV Criterion version which looks especially good for Laserdisc.