Director Alfred Hitchcock’s TO CATCH A THIEF Special Collector’s Edition debuts on May 8, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The first of Hitchcock’s five films shot in Paramount’s high-fidelity VistaVision photographic system, TO CATCH A THIEF garnered three Academy Award® nominations and won the Oscar® for Best Cinematography, Color.
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic adventure about a retired rogue suspected of a rash of recent robberies on the Riviera and run after by racketeers, regulators, and a ravishing, radiant, rich rubbernecker. (I had trouble with that last one.)
I use this film as an alternative to a lot of caper films of today due to the fact that although the lead character had been a thief, he now sees the error of those ways. But even more than that, my suggestion comes from the fact that it is one of the most elegant movies ever made. Not only are Mr. Grant and Ms. Kelly about as good-looking as humans can get, but the film itself is quite stunning. The look, the sound, and the use of Monaco’s location are elements each superior to just about any film I can think of. Add to that Hitchcock’s tight, sophisticated direction and the audience finds itself totally immersed in the story. While Hitchcock presents some rather sexy encounters between his stars, he’s suggestive but never vulgar. It proves more alluring than today’s more graphic handling of screen sexuality. There’s something more captivating here, more mesmerizing than any of Hitchcock’s films. I’m not saying it’s a better film than “Vertigo” or “North By Northwest,” but it is his most hypnotic work. A few minutes and you’re hooked, unable to click the remote. This hasn’t come from just the fine performances. Nor from the camera work. It is that indefinable something that makes an auteur superior to a mere director.
Available for $14.99, the TO CATCH A THIEF Special Collector’s Edition is presented in an all-new digital transfer from the 8-perf VistaVision elements, recapturing Hitchcock’s pristine images. The DVD is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English 2.0 Surround, English Mono and French Mono and English subtitles. Total run time is 106 minutes. Bonus features included on the DVD are as follows:
- Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and Laurent Bouzereau (most entertaining and informative)
- Writing and Casting To Catch A Thief
- The Making of To Catch A Thief
- Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation
- Edith Head: The Paramount Years
- Theatrical Trailer