Excerpt: Picture is blurry in lots of areas and has an annoying flicker. The grain is extremely distracting. The audio quality is satisfying. A good Hitchcock film that I wish was better taken care of over the years.
Summary: Yes Hitchcock did it again. However screenplay writers didnt. This film includes some moment that are annoying. I was thinking are these people real spies or maybe just stupid hollywood actors. Second one won, and that was terrible for film. Setting is interesting, ww2 and spying and they had hitchcock to direct it. As in all his films most of film is nice looking and than you have some great moments. And those are reasons why to watch his films.
Excerpt: Well, I must have watched the same disc the unhappy reviewers saw and not the one the site's reviewer watched. I couldn't find my old dvd to make a comparison. I have no doubt the BD is far superior to the DVD. However, quality on this BD is inconsistent throughout. Flickering, weak and uneven blacks are terrible during some scenes. Grain is there but it has been DNR. Scratches and dust appear from time to time but that is not an issue. Sound is reasonable enough.
Excerpt: this is a really great movie especially the last 40 minutes. definitely not perfect but its comes very close. the PQ is good not great, i thought it would look better but its definitely a big upgrade and i doubt the film is ever going to look any better. the audio sounded fantastic at times but during some scenes it would just sound okay not bad but not great either.
One of Hitchcock's best arrives with a stunning picture & sound!!
1 February 2012
Excerpt: I have to say that I agree with Kauffman on this one, and think the PQ is actually a little better than a 4. It really looks amazing blown through an hd projector. Absolutely essential Cold War classic has Grant and Bergman chasing Nazis in Brazil after WWII. Fabulous film belongs in every collection!!
Excerpt: I was expecting a much better transfer after reading the main review on this site. I sometimes get the feeling that any time a blu-ray has a lot of grain, it is praised for being "cinematic" despite it's other faults. In the case of 'Notorious', there is an extreme amount of graininess, to the point of being distracting. This isn't the discs only problem. The image flickers throughout most of the film, the black levels are not dark enough and certain scenes are too soft.
Excerpt: Real disappointed with the video. Would not believe this isn't just an upscaled DVD. This release is not at all sharp but very grainy. There are scenes, such as shown in screenshot #7, that look as if a 16mm print was used (either that or an edge enhanced VHS copy). Very strange. No need to get this.
Summary: Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is drunk and is aided by government agent T. R. Devlin (Cary Grant). She meets Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains), one of her father's friends and a leading member of the group is met. The task was assigned to Devlin to infiltrate an organization of Nazis. Alicia is poisoned after Alex discovers his wife’s peculiar actions. The wide, blurry and close-up shots were effective.
Summary: Between this and "North by Northwest" it looks like Cary Grant and Hitchcock make excellent movies together. And whenever you add Claude Rains and Ingrid Bergman, you just can't go wrong. lol.
Summary: I can appreciate the charisma and connection the two leads share, but I felt the tension was too slow-building and the direction a little plotting - out of the ordinary for the great Hitchcock. Of course, this is acknowledged as one of the alltime greats, so maybe it bears a rewatching.