Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Criterion


The Man Who Knew Too Much movie scene

Peter Lorre is a evil--who woulda thunk it?--in Alfred Hitchcock's 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much

The 1934 British mystery-thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much is the first of two versions of the film made by Alfred Hitchcock, the second being a 1956 Hollywood movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.

In the 1934 film, an ordinary British couple (Leslie Banks and Edna Best) vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter (Nova Pilbeam) is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. The clock is on and danger grows as the seconds tick by…

A strong early thriller from the Master of Suspense, The Man Who Knew Too Much was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock’s brilliance, it gave the inimitable Peter Lorre (M) his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain.

The Criterion Blu-ray and DVD contain the following features:

• 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

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.