• 10 Things I Learned: The Man Who Knew Too Much

    By Abbey Lustgarten

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  • By John C.
    January 26, 2013
    09:36 AM

    This new edition iswell worth the price. Everything you need to know about this film is included with the informative extras and booklet. I don't have Blu-Ray but I can say the DVD's restored visual & audio quality is as good as we will get considering the age of the film. You can always upgrade to Blu-Ray but for now this disc will not disappoint. It looks great in standard definition on my 42" Panasonic Viera which is a year old. If you have any doubts before purchasing this film in either format, watch the disc's restoration demonstration which also can be found online on Criterion's website. Another worthwhile extra is director Guillermo del Toro's capsule summary of Hitchcock's style and themes. I wasn't aware that del Toro who is a lifelong fan wrote a book about Hitchcock so this explains his enthusiatic and incisive remarks. And there's a vintage 1972 interview with the Master of Suspense I recall seeing on TV. Here you will learn more about his creative decisions while making his films. He makes for amusing conversation. As for the film itself, I prefer this version to the 1955 remake. Some newcomers might find its creaky pacing a turnoff, but this is Hitchcock developing his craft which bloomed with his next film 'The Thirty-Nine Steps.' As in any Hitchcock film it's the individual scenes that are more important here (a plus & minus criticism of his British films) and his American films were better paced. And any film with Peter Lorre as the lead villain should hold your attention. It's hard to believe he learned his lines phonetically for his first English-speaking role because he is most convincing with his understated menace and rage. The other actors mostly forgotten unless you're into early British films are very good and well chosen for their roles. In fact, every actor and extra seems to have the right face & body because Hitchcock had a good eye for casting. Be sure to listen to the commentary to learn about the production history, actors, and censorship problems. A must for fans who have been waiting for a good restoration. Bravo Criterion!
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    • By Philip Kemp
      March 30, 2013
      11:47 AM

      Thanks, John C. I did the commentary on TMWKTM, and it's good to know you found it so informative. And - as you'll have gathered - I'm totally with you in preferring this version to the remake.
  • By db
    January 28, 2013
    03:35 PM

    I'm with Guillermo on this one.
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