Blu-ray, DVD Release: Notorious

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2018
Price: DVD $20.67, Blu-ray $25.17
Studio: Criterion

With this twisting romantic thriller from 1946, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Rebecca) summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars starkly against type.
Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) stars as Alicia, an alluring woman of ill repute recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant, To Catch a Thief), a suave but mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains,     Lawrence of Arabia) hiding out in South America. Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity.
A thriller of rare perfection, Notorious represents a pinnacle in both its director’s legendary career and the pantheon of classic Hollywood cinema.
Criterion’s latest editions of the Hitchcock classic include the following:
* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer
* New interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto
* New program about the film’s visuals with cinematographer John Bailey
* New scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell
* Once Upon a Time . . . “Notorious,” a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini; filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears; and others
* New program about Hitchcock’s storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim
* 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock
* 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Notorious, starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten
* Trailers and teasers
* An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién
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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.