I really do love this movie ever since I saw it the first time, one of my uncles actually liberated one of those hellish camps. He had nightmares about that more than the war. He was on duty for these trials as well.\nAnyway, I wanted to replace my worn VCR tape for a new DVD and I was happy to see the 'Special Edition' on the screen, that is until it was shown as OUT of stock and NO way to put myself on a 'wish list' or 'order list!' Way to go again Walmart!!\nYes, I would love to have a DVD copy, Walmart just didn't come through, again.
THIS IS WHY ORSON WELLES WAS SUCH A MASTERFUL MOVIEMAKER.\nAND WHY ALSO THE ORIGINAL RELEASE WAS RE-LEASED AS PER ORSON'S MEMO TO THE STUDIO.\nTHE OPENING SEQUENCE IS A LONG TAKE AND DRAWS YOU IN TILL YOU REMEMBER TO BREATHE AGAIN.ZSAZSA AND MARLENE HAVE BRIEF ROLES,ESPECIALLY THE FORMER.THE ONE WHO STANDS OUT IS DENNIS WEAVER AS THE HOTEL OWNER -STUNNING!!
Do not buy these. Manufactures continue to deceive with vague product descriptions. Two of these are full frame (4:3) aspect ratio. The other is listed as wide-screen but the wide-screen version is crammed into a letterboxed 4:3 aspect ratio. Anamporphic wide-screen is the way to go. Anamorphic is the word to look for. 4:3 aspect ratio is dead, when will you manufactures learn to be honest.
Adoring Dietrich I jumped to order this 2 dvd collection. It was an incredible let down. The cheap packaging and unmarked dvd's ( I had to mark the titles on each dvd with a sharpie) looked amateurish at best. To make it worse, the following week I found the same set on Amazon for 10.00.
Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Michael Wilding (Elizabeth Taylors 1st husband), Richard Todd and simply a GREAT CHARACTER (Jane's eccentric, reclusive father in the movie) played by Alastair Sims. For some reason the scene where the father lives impacted me so much along with the scenes surrounding it are the 1st things I always remember about this movie. The father's character is CHARMING and disarming. As with most Hitchcocks, this movie is filled with early controversial sexual innuendo and interesting banter between and among all characters. This is also the 1st. movie that Alfred cast his daughter Patricia in.