To Catch a Thief or Suspicion anytime soon?

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  1. Stephen L

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    As a fan of Hitchcock & Grant I find their collaborations most enjoyable.I have NorthByNorthwest and Notorious-CC and eagerly await the release of To Catch a Thief & Suspicion.
    Anyone have any word on plans to release these two to DVD?
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    Stephen,
    Paramount which has the rights to "To Catch a Thief" have this film on their major restoration schedule. It's only a matter of time when it comes out. If I'm a betting man than late 2002 is a possibility but most likely it will be in 2003.
    Regarding "Suspicion" that's another old RKO title that Warner has the video rights to in which the film elements are considered in very bad condition. I wouldn't expect to see that film on dvd until at least 2003 but it could be much later.
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    Don't forget about "Dial M For Murder"... another Warner title.
     
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    Paramount will probably give a really nice DVD for TCAT since it's their only Hitchcock in their library now (since Universal now owns Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Psycho, and The Trouble With Harry.)
    Some reports have indicated that the VHS of this movie has the famous...
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    This is the VistaVision reel change marker that served 2 purposes...besides indicating the start(instead of the end) of a reel, the 3 "arms" allow the projectionist to adjust the aspect ratio (VV films...early on...were made to have a little flexability with the AR.)
    The top arm is the 1.66:1 arm, the middle: 1.85:1, the bottom: 2:1
    Paramount's VHS (and LD?) has these markers.
    Nifty, eh?
     
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    I have the last laserdisc incarnation of SUSPICION released in 1995, and if the transfer on this disc is any indication than yes the film elements are in pretty bad shape. The transfer is adequate but there is lots of grain and dirt on the elements used, and the picture is soft. I was very disappointed with this disc the first time I saw it, especially when I compared it to the pristine look of contemporaries of this film on laser(ie, CASABLANCA,SON OF DRACULA,DR JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE,etc). I'll be happy to wait for a better transfer of this title.
     
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