Dial M for Murder [DVD] [1954]

  • SKU: 6778267
  • Release Date: 09/07/2004
  • Rating: PG
The only Alfred Hitchcock film originally lensed in 3-D, Dial M for Murder is presented on this DVD in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and a making-of documentary about the film. This fine disc is also available as part of the nine-disc Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection.
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (52 out of 54)

Special Features


  • New documentaries "Hitchcock and Dial M" and "3D: A Brief History"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Dial M for Murder
Based on the popular mystery play by Frederick Knott, Dial M For Murder is more talky and stagebound than most Hitchcock films, but no less enjoyable. British tennis pro Ray Milland suspects that his wealthy wife Grace Kelly is fooling around with handsome American Robert Cummings. Milland blackmails a disgraced former army comrade (Anthony Dawson) into murdering Kelly and making it look like the work of a burglar. But Milland's carefully mapped-out scheme does not take into account the notion that Kelly might fight back and kill her assailant. When the police (represented by John Williams) investigate, Milland improvises quickly, subtly planting the suggestion that his wife has committed first-degree murder. He almost gets away with it; to tell you more would spoil the fun of the film's final thirty minutes. Hitchcock claimed that he chose this single-set play because he was worn out from several earlier, more ambitious projects, and wanted to "recharge his batteries." Compelled by Warner Bros. to film Dial M For Murder in 3-D, Hitchcock perversely refused to throw in the standard in-your-face gimmickry of most stereoscopic films of the era--though watch how he visually emphasizes an important piece of evidence towards the end of the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ray Milland
    Ray Milland - Tom Wendice
  • Grace Kelly
    Grace Kelly - Margot Wendice
  • Robert Cummings
    Robert Cummings - Mark Halliday
  • Anthony Dawson
    Anthony Dawson - Captain Swan Lesgate
  • Patrick Allen
    Patrick Allen - Detective Pearson



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alfred Hitchcock delivers once again!

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    RaynMan2142
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    Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected. Used to own this great movie on VHS and DVD. Have quite an extensive Alfred Hitchcock Collection on Blu-ray disc. Which personally is far greater than the ones I had for both VHS and DVD combined. Hitchcock, amongst other Directors, are very worthwhile for my collection and own over 25 titles of his. Very highly recommended for Hitchcock enthusiasts!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Interesting story - just OK 3D

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    3DFan
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    Very typical Hitchcock film ... and that's fine because all his films were at least very good or excellent. Shot with true 3D cameras, and projected using the polarization process (rather than the very much inferior multi-color anaglyph system). Some good depth scenes. However, some scenes outdoors used stock 2D backgrounds (like looking far down a city street, or a large ship at a dock) ... they looked fake because they were flat, while the foreground view was in 3D. But, all in all, an enjoyable film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alfred Hitchcock's only 3D movie!

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    TechProfessionalFtLaud
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    Found out this was not an "after conversion to 3D". The movie was actually shot in 3D by the master himself. You can note this as some scenes were compsed to add depth...lamps and flowers up close, characters in the mid, and walls/pictures at the back. Great 3D - a true cinamatogropher. Crystal clear images and sound. Amazing that we can see it even better now than it was able to be seen with the existing projection/theater technology of the day. (Note: this Blu-ray is a polarized 3D, not red/blue for todays technology.)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dial H for Hitchock

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    Spike
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    Another classic Hitchock! He originally shot this in 3D, and that version has been remastered and included in this fine product offering! It's based on a play and thus Hitch films the majority of this movie in the single scene of the apartment...but one can hardly tell with his directing style. The character study also makes quite the Hitchock turn as you think about who you are "rooting" for at different times of the plot.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great classic

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    Nickool
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    Such a great classic, and had amazing 3D quality. I've been wanting this movie since it came out in 3D, but I hate paying so much for a movie because $30 kind of seems outrageous, even now with 4K UHD Blu Rays are $30 and they don't include 3D. But during the holidays they had this movie for $12.99 and I bought it instantly. The acting is on point, amazing script... Just an amazing movie!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great Hitchcock film restored to its 3D glory!

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    Euphoria
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    For many years it was nearly impossible to watch Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder in 3D. This is the only film Hitchcock made in 3D. This set allows you to view the film in both 3D and in the widescreen format. The previous 2004 DVD presented the film in the standard or full screen format. With this 3D Blu-ray set, you can finally experience this classic film in all its glory.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great one

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    Rosebud
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    Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest film directors of all time. I love his movies & this is just another one to add to your movie collection. One of the few directors to make a "perfect" movie. A movie that has everything for everyone. I will not bother to describe this film, just sit back & watch it & enjoy it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    Verrado
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    Had seen this movie years ago. I was very pleased to find it in 3D. It was enjoyable to watch as the acting was enjoyable from what we see onm today;s TV. The plot was great and the video looked like HD. It was wonderful and very enjoyable for us and our guests. We recommend it.

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