Conclusion: Charade has so many priceless tidbits of dialogue it's hard to single only one out, but when Reggie stares into Peter's eyes and asks, "You know what's wrong with you? Absolutely nothing ", she could well be giving the briefest ever totally accurate review of Charade . This is pure perfection in filmmaking, with a tart and suspenseful script, absolutely top notch direction and a cast to die for.
Conclusion: British distributors Park Circus' Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release of Stanley Donen's Charade is a very good alternative for fans of the film and Audrey Hepburn who could not take advantage of Criterion's excellent Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. My only complaint is that it does not come with optional English subtitles. Really, at this point optional English subtitles should be a standard feature on every Blu-ray release.
Excerpt: When a film in the public domain is rescued from such oblivion with a proper home video restoration, it’s always cause for celebration. Such was the case when Criterion released the 1963 Stanley Donen film Charade on DVD in an anamorphic version in 2004 (the company had issued a non-anamorphic version four years prior). Now Criterion has improved on that with its new 1.85:1 Blu-ray version.
Excerpt: The Film Being the father of a handsome 6-year-old boy, I've already begun preparing myself for "The Talk" and the inevitable conversations following Daniel's impending realization that girls aren't gross, that in fact they're quite the opposite. One of the first chats I expect to have is How to Talk to Girls, where we'll review the fundamentals: don't be too eager; make them laugh; above all else, quit while you're ahead and know when to stop talking.
Excerpt: Foreign locales. Mysterious, threatening men pursuing a sum of money. Murder. All of the cliche elements are in place for a run-of-the-mill suspense film, throwing random secret agents and wrong men at the screen right and left until some hokey finale. Stanley Donen's 'Charade,' however, takes what we now know as genre conventions and gives us a film that we may never again see in our era of sexed-up, stripped down, big muscled and firm bodied spy films.
Conclusion: I think it is fair to say that Stanley Donen's Charade has finally received the type of treatment it deserves. After years of somewhat justified abuse - obviously, because of the film's notorious public domain status - Criterion's Blu-ray release should convince other distributors to stop experimenting with it. Or at least I hope it will. Please keep in mind that this is a Region-A "locked" release. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?