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

  • SKU: 7189181
  • Release Date: 01/15/2013
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    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
    • Image coming soon
      Frank Vosper - Ramon Levine
    • Image coming soon
      Hugh Wakefield - Clive



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • 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
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Posted
      Rigbone
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Great classic Criterion Collection release from the classic age.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Early Hitchcock

      Posted
      Adcat
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Posted
      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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