It's a famous title, certainly, but more so for Hitchcock's own 1956 American remake starring James Stewart and Doris Day (with its Oscar winning song, "Que Sera Sera"). The original, starring Peter Lorre in his first English speaking role, is a lesser known effort, but a superior one - an often overlooked jewel from Hitchcock's early days.
|Leslie Banks as Bob Lawrence and Peter Lorre as Abbott.|
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.
The Blu-ray from Criterion, featuring a brand new, much needed digital restoration, is crisp and clear, a vast improvement over the many sub-par public domain copies that have dominated Hitchcock bargain bin collections. The most notable extra are audio excerpts from Francois Truffaut's famous interview with Hitchcock, which are absolutely essential for both casual fans of the director and hardcore cinephiles alike. It's an impressive set for one of Hitchcock's most unfairly overlooked accomplishments - a hidden gem in one of the cinema's most legendary careers.
GRADE - ★★★½ (out of four)
Special features include:
- New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp
- New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
- The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William K. Everson
- Audio excerpts from filmmaker François Truffaut’s legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock
- Restoration demonstration
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme