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|The 39 Steps|
Actors: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
A prototype for what would follow in Hitchcock?s American career, this film is for those who love a spy mystery and a harrowing portrait of man struggling to prove his innocence while the world turns against him. Includ... more »
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John R. from SMYRNA, GA
Reviewed on 11/4/2008...
Please note: the edition's artwork that is shown here is the Criterion Collection while the studio listed is Delta, who put out the edition with ASIN B00000CQJZ. Do not be misled by the artwork--it is incorrect.
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Barbara A. from SUN CITY, CA
Reviewed on 9/22/2008...
I have heard about this Alfred Hitchock for YEARS! I could never find a copy (my Mom was a real Alfred fan) n she kept saying "you have to see 39 steps". I kept thinking 39 steps - what is this, some killer walking up 39 creaky steps? Years have gone by, my Mom is deceased, but how I wish she were here so I could tell her "I saw 39 steps" n it was nothing like I expected. I won't spoil it for you - u must try it for yourself!
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Criterion does it again...
PonyExpress | United States | 06/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just ordered the Criterion Hitchcock "set" which includes "The 39 Steps", a movie I've watched many times over the last 20 years, but NEVER in a form this crisp and well-transfered; it's been restored beautifully, and as with all the films("My Man Godfrey" and "The Lady Vanishes", to name two)that have been kicking around with duped, grainy, fuzzy prints for the last 60-some years that were FINALLY restored-it's almost like watching a new movie-even if you'd thought you'd memorized all the dialogue and action! There's just so much that's missed in a bad print. Here, we have Hitch at his finest....there just isn't a dull second in this film. It's really as sure-fire as any movie ever made, in terms of entertainment. I believe this too was Hitchcock's first huge breakout international hit, although happily for us, he didn't "go Hollywood" for another 3 years or so(and gave us the later "Lady Vanishes"-another Criterion must-have).One caveat: if you're like me(hopeless film buff), you often get these Criterions for not only the fantastic quality of the print but for the often illuminating audio tracks, usually provided by experts of one type or another; I've never quibbled with any of them before, but I have to say, don't expect Marion Keane's wall-to-wall droning to be worth it. There's generally two kinds of film "discussion"(not counting the sort where the actual director or actors gab, which we get with new films): the sort that's superb, like Rudy Behlmer's on "Adventures of Robin Hood"-an amalgam of film history, film technique, on-the-fly biographies of the actors you're watching, tidbits about the production locations, etc.etc.-nd then there's the OTHER kind:
film "semiotics". In other words, a commentator turns a smashing, hugely exciting and entertaining movie into a dull excercise in psychoanalysis. Virtually NOTHING is said about any of the particulars of "The 39 Steps" that isn't a parsing of the symbolism, the framing, that sort of thing. That stuff's there, of course, and I'll hand it to her that the speaker *does* mention Robert Donat's acting several times(it's excellent, of course!)-but you know, for all her blather about the poignancy of the scene of the Crofter's wife, you'd think that she might bother to tell us the actress' name(Peggy Ashcroft), the fact that this was one of her few films, that she was a huge stage star eventually, etc. The sort of thing that other audio tracks do so well."
Unreal Name | 07/10/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Diamond Entertainment's DVD of 39 Steps is VHS (taped off a broadcast-TV late-late show in SLP mode) picture quality. Very soft. This is not what DVD is meant for. I can only comment on the Criterion Collection version for comparison. Criterion picture quality=9 out of 10, Diamond picture quality=3 out of 10 (10 being best). Save your money."
BE CAREFUL - ONLY BUY CRITERION EDITION
Unreal Name | USA | 10/17/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you don't get the Criterion Edition, you will be getting an inferior transfer of this film: fuzzy images, fuzzier sound...yuck! The "bad" transfers include the one that Tony Curtis introduces.
Again, look for the Criterion Edition."