Blu-ray, DVD Release: Foreign Correspondent

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014
Price: DVD/Blu-ray Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion


Foreign Correspondent movie scene

Enemy spies are on the movie in London in Foreign Correspondent.

In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, the romantic drama Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar.

Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea (Bird of Paradise) as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, its wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects.

Foreign Correspondent deserves to be mentioned alongside The 39 Steps and North by Northwest as one of the master’s greatest adventures.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the film contains the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New piece on the visual effects in the film with effects expert Craig Barron
Hollywood Propaganda and World War II, a new interview with writer Mark Harris
• Interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
• Radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotte
Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors, a 1942 Life magazine “photo-drama” by Hitchcock
• Trailer
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar James Naremore

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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.