The Man Who Knew Too Much [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1934]

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  • Release Date: 01/15/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • New Audio Commentary featuring Film Historian Philip Kemp
  • New Interview with Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with Director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and Film Historian William K. Everson
  • Audio excerpts from Filmmaker François Truffaut's legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock
  • Restoration Demonstration
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

Synopsis


The Man Who Knew Too Much
The first film version of The Man Who Knew too Much proved to be the international "breakthrough" film for British director Alfred Hitchcock, transforming him from merely a talented domestic filmmaker to a worldwide household name. While vacationing in Switzerland, Britons Leslie Banks and Edna Best befriend jovial Frenchman Pierre Fresnay. Not long afterward, Fresnay is murdered. He whispers a secret in Banks' ear before expiring. This is witnessed by several sinister foreign agents, who kidnap Banks' daughter Nova Pilbeam to keep him from revealing what he knows: That a diplomat will be assassinated during a concert at London's Albert Hall. Unable to turn to the police, Banks desperately attempts to rescue his child himself, still hoping to prevent the assassination. The film's now-famous setpieces include the "Siege of Sidney Street" re-creation and the climactic clash of cymbals at Albert Hall, followed by the crucial scream of Edna Best. German film star Peter Lorre made his English-speaking debut in The Man Who Knew Too Much, though he was still monolingual in 1934 and had to learn his lines phonetically. Written by A. R. Rawlinson, Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham Lewis, Emlyn Williams and Edwin Greenwood (an impressive lineup for a 75-minute film!), Man Who Knew Too Much was remade by Hitchcock himself in 1956. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Leslie Banks
    Leslie Banks - Bob Lawrence
  • Edna Best
    Edna Best - Jill Lawrence
  • Peter Lorre
    Peter Lorre - Abbott
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    Frank Vosper - Ramon Levine
  • Image coming soon
    Hugh Wakefield - Clive



Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Hitchcock!!!

    Posted
    mook1022
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    Another one of the great classics from one of my favorite directors....Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Amazing presentation of a another Criterion title worth viewing simply for the stunning transfer they had given us. The extras are worth it as well including: New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William Everson Audio excerpts from filmmaker François Truffaut’s legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock Restoration demonstration PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme Highly Recommended!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun little mystery/suspense film from the master

    Posted
    brendony
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    This is a brisk, enjoyable early Hitchcock thriller. Peter Lorre is a standout in what I believe was his first English language film. The extras are incredible on this Criterion edition. Very highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Early Hitchcock at its finest

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    Rigbone
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    The performance by slithery character actor Peter Lorre who turns in a maniacal performance as the films villain makes it worth seeing. The components are pure Hitchcock in every sense.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing restoration of a classic film.

    Posted
    Filmbuff24
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    Classic film and a great buy. One of the better looking criterion films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Rickster55
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    I would recommend movie to anyone. I love any Alfred Hitchcock flick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Peter Lorre

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    jxxe
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    Great classic Criterion Collection release from the classic age.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Early Hitchcock

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    Adcat
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    Not as good as the remake, but the last half hour is fantastic

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Hitchcock film from his British Period

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    Borlerline
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    A fantastic presentation of a great early Hitchcock film.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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