Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
Release Date: April 21, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as “The Cat,” in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic presented here newly remastered from a 4K film transfer. When Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother’s (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, and Frances, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed.
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Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 classic ‘To Catch A Thief’ accompanies reformed master jewel thief John Robie (Grant) who must set out on a dangerous quest to clear his name and uncover the identity of a new thief who has somehow managed to utilize Robie’s own tactics capably enough to make him the prime suspect in a new string of robberies. Now this infamous thief known best as “The Cat” must use his knowledge of the game in order to play the other side, and try to catch the new thief in their tracks before he’s taken in for the crimes, while trying to balance the uncertain attention of the local heiress (Carey) who Robie has been staying close to, believing her family to be the next target. Directed by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and starring screen legends Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in the leads, ‘To Catch A Thief’ is still a fun, tense and thoroughly solid film that holds up remarkably well more than half a century after its initial release.
The third film in Paramount Home Entertainment’s new ‘Paramount Presents’ numbered Blu-ray line of film classics from their expansive vault presented with collectible new Blu-ray releases featuring new 4K film transfers is the Alfred Hitchcock classic ‘To Catch A Thief’ which makes a more than worthy addition to the line. A wonderfully crafted and beautifully shot mystery intermixed with romance, tension and much more, it’s another unforgettable entry in Alfred Hitchcock’s career that still delivers a thoroughly enjoyable adventure with no shortage of thrills and memorable moments a whopping sixty-five years after its original release. Fans of ‘To Catch A Thief’ and/or of famous filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly (plus those attempting to collect each entry in the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line of course) that either don’t already own this one on Blu-ray or don’t mind dishing out the money for a double dip will probably at least want to consider picking up a copy of this new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release. The release comes home sporting a new high definition video presentation from a 4K film transfer and collectible packaging, plus a few extras. It may not be the jam-packed release of the year, but many fans of the film should be fairly pleased with the new transfer and the packaging at the very least.
Overall, the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘To Catch A Thief’ is recommended for fans who don’t already own a copy of the classic film. Those willing to cough up the money for a double dip because of the new 4K film transfer it offers and anyone who wants to try and collect each title in the new ‘Paramount Presents’ numbered Blu-ray line may also want to pick up a copy of this one, at least at some point down the road. The classic Hitchcock mystery featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly remains an engaging, thought provoking and just plain entertaining film that still holds up in most respects, therefore those that never had the pleasure may also want to try giving it a whirl. You might just be pleasantly surprised with how solid it actually is, even over half a century after its debut.
The new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘To Catch A Thief’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation from a new 4K film transfer and featuring a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. This newly remastered video presentation looks quite good altogether and offers a sharp, clean and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish that doesn’t suffer any notable faults along the way, albeit seeming to appear a bit too smooth at times, likely suffering from excessive DNR in the transfer, although it still retains at least some minor elements representative of its film source. It holds up nicely even during the darkly lit, heavily populated and occasional fast moving sequences throughout without ever seeing any noticeable problems or conflictions arise. Overall, this is a mostly solid new high definition video presentation of Hitchcock’s classic that many fans should be quite pleased with.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a smooth, clean and altogether capable soundtrack throughout that may not be the most aggressive or hard hitting audio experience in comparison with so many modern films, but definitely delivers in every way required of it and then some. It occasionally takes advantage of all five available channels when appropriate to allow the score to open up around the viewer, along with some other activity when fitting, yet never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible along the way. Overall, this is a more than decent 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that should more than satisfy the fans as well as first time viewers.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘To Catch A Thief’ comes home sporting the line’s signature collectible packaging design which features a slipcase that opens up with the film’s original theatrical poster artwork and more photos on the interior of the actual Blu-ray case insert (the beauty shot of the artwork from the studio is included below for a better idea of what to expect). The new Blu-ray release also features a few nice additions on the disc including one brand new extra: ‘Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on To Catch A Thief’ (running approximately 7 minutes in length), along with some other bonus content such as an ‘Audio Commentary with Drew Casper, Hitchcock Film Historian’ and the 2009 extra ‘Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly’ (running approximately 6 minutes). The ‘Original Theatrical Trailer’ for the film (approximately 2 minutes) is also included.
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