Blu-ray Release: To Catch a Thief

Blu-ray Release Date: March 6, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $15.00
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment


To Catch a ThiefThe Blu-ray debut of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 Oscar-winning film To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant (An Affair To Remember) and Grace Kelly (Rear Window), boasts 90 minutes of bonus materials, but none of it is new.

But who needs new special features, when we can have this classic in high-definition?

In the romance movie, Grant plays John Robie, a retired cat burglar living the high-life on the Riviera. When a series of copy cat crimes are committed and fingers start pointing his way, he must uncover the real thief to prove his own innocence. Things get complicated when Robie falls for Frances Stevens (Kelly), an heiress whose mother (Jessie Royce Landis, North By Northwest) was a victim of the copy cat thief.

To Catch a Thief won its Academy Award for Robert Burks’ cinematography, but the mystery film also was nominated for art direction and costume design, no surprising with Grace Kelly’s famously beautiful dresses.

To Catch a Thief Blu-ray boxThe 1080p high-definition picture on the Blu-ray will have 2.0 stereo Dolby TrueHD sound. And the disc’s special features are as follows:

  • commentary by Hitchcock film historian Dr. Drew Casper
  • “A Night With the Hitchcocks,” with Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter and granddaughter talking about the great director
  • “Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America,” looking at the impact censorship had on To Catch a Thief
  • “Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief
  • “The Making of To Catch a Thief
  • “Behind the Gates: Cart Grant and Grace Kelly,” with profiles on the actor and actress
  • “Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief: An Appreciation”
  • “Edith Head: The Paramount Years” about the Oscar-winning costume designer
  • “If You Love To Catch a Thief, You’ll Love This Interactive Travelogue”
  • theatrical trailer
  • and galleries for movie pictures, publicity shots, visitors to the set and the production.

All of these are on the Centennial Collection DVD of To Catch a Thief released in 2009, and some were even on the Special Collector’s Edition DVD of the film released in 2007.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.