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North by Northwest , a review by Dragonfire

North by Northwest

Cary Grant is the screen's supreme man-on-the-run in his fourth and final teaming with Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock.  He plays a Manhattan adman plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased, and in a signature set-piece, crop-dusted.  He also hangs for dear life from the facial features of Mount Rushmore's Presidents.  Savor one of Hollywood's most enjoyable thrillers ever in this State-of-the-Art Restoration:  its Renewed Picture Vitality will leave you just as breathless as the chase itself.

My Thoughts

I've seen this one a few different times, mostly when I found it on tv.  I picked up the DVD when I found it fairly cheap and was happy with that.  However, that didn't stop me from heading to double dip city for the Blu-ray.  And I'm glad I did.  The movie looks absolutely gorgeous and is definitely worth getting on Blu-ray.  One or two shots don't look as good, but otherwise, everything looks amazing. 

The plot for this one is very interesting, with a decent mix of action and some humor.  The plot with Roger being mistaken for someone else is a bit similar to some of Hitchcock's other movies, but it works very well and is extremely entertaining.  Some of what happens does push believability a bit, but it still works for what is going on.  Roger is a very interesting character and he manages to deal with the strange situation he is in fairly well.  He does get in some unique situations.  I do think there is a decent amount of mystery to what is going on tied to who is after Roger because of the mistaken identity. 

Some scenes have a decent amount of action in them, like the one with the crop duster or the climax at Mount Rushmore.  Those scenes are very well done.  A little bit of violence turns up a few scenes without it being too explicit or graphic.  Humor turns up every so often as well as a way to lighten the mood.  Roger makes a very funny drunk, especially when he calls his mother from the police station.  The two of them are really good together, so it is too bad that she isn't in more of the movie.  Roger does come up with some funny lines at different points, like about how he has people to support who would be upset if he got dead.  Even with the touches of humor, there is still a lot of suspense and tension to several scenes.

The characters are interesting and interact together well.  I do like Roger and Cary Grant is wonderful in the part.  Eve is a beautiful, mysterious woman who gets mixed up in what is happening.  She is a wonderfully complex character and Eva Marie Saint is great in the part.  She has some wonderful outfits to wear that do fit her character.  The bit of romance between her and Roger works well without detracting from everything else that is going on.  Things do develop somewhat fast between them, but it still works.

On the Blu-ray, there is a great documentary, The Master Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style that has several directors talking about Hitchcock and things he did in his movies.  It is very interesting and entertaining.  There is another featurette on the career of Cary Grant that I haven't watched yet.

I love this movie and the Blu-ray is absolutely freaking awesome. 

I posted a review a few years ago on Epinions after I got the DVD.

North by Northwest

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on July 21st, 2010)

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Thir13en Ghosts, a review by addicted2comics

Title: Thir13en Ghosts
Year: 2001
Director: Steve Beck
Rating: R
Length: 91 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Tony Shalhoub
Embeth Davidtz
Matthew Lillard
Shannon Elizabeth
Alec Roberts
JR Bourne

What a house! It's all steel and glass and elegance - and it all belongs to Arthur Kriticos and his family as an unexpected inheritance. You could say it's their dream home. Especially if the dreams are nightmares.

Awesome ectoplasmic specters populate THIRTEEN GHOSTS, an effects-rampant remake of the 1960 William Castle haunted-house film from producers Gilbert Adler, Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, who conjured up the equally terrorific HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1999). Tony Shalhoub as Arthur leads a cast that includes Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, Rah Digga and F. Murray Abraham. The house itself is a design marvel and a mysterious puzzle-cube whose eerie corridors, sliding walls, spinning floors and phantasmic fiends may allow no escape.

Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Production Notes
Interactive Games
Music Videos
DVD-ROM Content
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:

I actually saw bits and pieces of this at my grandmother's house, so I was curious. It was a lot different than the William Castle "13 Ghosts"!! Very nicely made, may I say. The stories all tie in with each other. Pretty scary, got the chills a few times. Definitely something worth seeing!

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Doing the ABC's Movie Style!! on July 27th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Season 4: Disc 5

After magically switching bodies with Buffy, Faith pays a visit to Riley - leaving Buffy in the hands of the Watcher Council Special Ops Unit who've come to take Faith back to England.

My Thoughts:
Another good episode. If I am not mistaken this is the last we see of Faith till the final season of the series.

Buffy suspects reality has somehow been altered after an unpopular former Sunnydale High student named Jonathan becomes the coolest and most popular person in town.

My Thoughts:
This is another one of those I just didn't care much for... I realize the whole alternate reality was supposed to be ridiculous... but it was a bit too ridiculous for my taste.

While Adam is recruiting an army of vampires and demons, Riley and Buffy's passionate lovemaking unleashes a group of poltergeists inside a frat house.

My Thoughts:
This episode was good... I enjoyed it quite a bit. I really liked the whole haunted house feel to it... as that is one of my favorite horror sub-genres.

Oz's surprise return to Sunnydale causes complications in Willow's current love life and leads to his transformation into a werewolf and subsequent capture by Riley.

My Thoughts:
How couldn't I enjoy this one? The return of Oz... him realizing the truth of how Willow's life has changed. very enjoyable.

Season 4: Disc 6

As Spike and Adam plot to drive a wedge between Buffy and her friends, Angel returns to Sunnydale, only to be attacked by Riley and a group of Initiative commandos.

My Thoughts:
Another good episode... Spike does a great job of pitting the group against each other.... playing to each of their fears.

Xander, Willow, and Giles join forces to magically imbue Buffy with supernatural powers in order to do battle against Adam and overthrow his plans for creating a "demonoid" army.

My Thoughts:
The final show-down between Buffy (and the gang) and Adam. We finally pretty much see the end of The Initiative. And we get one huge battle that is just fun to watch all the chaos of.

After battling Adam, an exhausted Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles all experience dreams in which they encounter a strange, savage woman - and The Cheese Man.

My Thoughts:
Let's see.... what do I say other then "huh?"... you get some homages to the past seasons... and a few nice hints into the upcoming season all thrown together in one huge dream of an episode.... all jumbled into an episode where you really aren't sure what it is you are seeing. And what about "The Cheese Man".... talk about no sense what so ever! I think I would have personally preferred the last episode to have been the season finale... but this is definitely an episode to get you to scratch your head over.

Season 4 Final Thoughts:
OK... this has to be my least favorite season of the series... As I have touched on before I never thought much of the new boyfriend, Riley... and I just couldn't stand the whole Initiative story line. Sure... there was some really good episodes in this season... especially one of my all time favorite episodes, hush... but when you dislike the season long arc so much... it makes it hard to enjoy that season on a whole.

(From Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon on November 22nd, 2007)