Conclusion: The 39 Steps might be Hitchcock's first brush with greatness. At the very least, this sterling and funny British film finds the director mastering the thriller, the genre no other filmmaker has done nearly as much for. Criterion's Blu-ray edition can't eliminate all the wear and tear of the film's considerable age, but the presentation satisfies as do the over four hours of quality bonus features.
Conclusion: More Hitchcock on Blu-ray is always a good thing, and the release at long last of 'The 39 Steps' adds one more of the director's early British classics to the high-def catalogue. An involving tale of mystery, murder, espionage, romance, and pursuit, 'The 39 Steps' may pale when compared to more modern and renowned Hitchcock films, but it's still a fascinating specimen with a high entertainment quotient.
Conclusion: I have to speculate that this release of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps will likely be the definitive release of the film, at least on Blu-ray. I have to admit that I was expecting a much more convincing upgrade in quality, but apparently the ITV restoration is indeed the best one around at the moment.
Conclusion: Plain and simple, I am very disappointed with this Blu-ray release. I am unsure what else to say. Up until now, every single ITV-Granada release that reached my desk was worthy of a strong recommendation. I am heartbroken. Did you find this review helpful?