Posted: 10/21/2009


North by Northwest on Blu-Ray

by Del Harvey

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For the 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller North By Northwest, it will be released on Blu-Ray on November 3rd, newly remastered in 1080p from its original VistaVision.

Originally released in 1959, the story follows Manhattan advertising executive Cary Grant as the ultimate man-on-the-run as he is plunged into the world of spies and counterspies, abducted, framed for murder, chased by airplanes, and crop-dusted before reaching the climax of the film where he clings for dear life to the craggy “faces” of Mt. Rushmore. Along the way he meets and falls in love with sizzling Eva Marie Saint, who helps him to escape from one of film’s most evil villains, James Mason as the traitorous Roger Vandamm.

Like Hitchcock’s other on-the-run suspense classic, 1935’s The 39 Steps, North By Northwest is a must-have part of any film lover’s collection.

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.

Included on the Blu-Ray disc:

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
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Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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