Tuesday, November 24, 2009

North by Northwest 50th Anniversary Edition

Alfred Hitchcock directed dozens and dozens of movies, but if you could watch only one, make it North by Northwest. I've only seen about a dozen of Hitchcock's movies, but North by Northwest is easily my favorite. It stars Cary Grant and features action, suspense, mistaken identity, a cross-county chase and--did I mention Cary Grant?

The suave and sexy Grant appeared in multiple Hitchcock films--seems Hitch had a soft spot for the debonair Brit just like his reputed affinity for icy blondes. Oh yes, the platinum beauty in North by Northwest was played by Eva Marie Saint. Check out the cool banter between the two leads--even under the restraints of the Hays code, the dialogue and chemistry sizzles.

The Special Edition DVD which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the film's release features a restored version of the classic thriller along with:

  • Documentary: The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
  • Documentary: North by Northwest: One for the Ages
  • Screenwriter commentary
  • Music only track
  • Cary Grant: A Class Apart
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest hosted by Eva Marie Saint
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailer gallery

The North by Northwest Special Edition was released on November 3rd and is available in both DVD and Blu-ray.


  1. Love North by Northwest. Are you aware of the famous gaffe in the airport when Grant is fake shot by Eve Marie Saint? There is a boy in the background who covers his ears before the shot is fired. Of course no one is supposed to be watching them or knowing that a shot is about to be fired. It is a flaw in an otherwise perfect movie. Landau and Mason are excellent villains and the dialogue crackles with wit.

  2. I did read about that goof, but I must admit I didn't notice it when I first watched the movie. Too busy with eyes focused on the debonair Grant I suppose...