Excerpt: While I don't think this is a restoration ala The Ten Commandments, this is an excellent looking transfer. I take that back, it's a fantastic video transfer!! The beautiful colors and solid, sharp picture quality, evidence of the Vista Vision process made for a wonderful transfer. I'm beginning to understand the importance of Robert Burks as Hitchcock's Cinematographer. They combined for some marvelous films and really took advantage of the VistaVision format!!
Excerpt: A retired jewel thief nicknamed “The Cat” John Robie (Cary Grant) investigates the perpetrators of a series of jewelry related robberies. Robie visits his old gang members from the French Resistance including Bertani and Foussard. Danielle Foussard (Brigitte Auber) entices John to “get away” with her and insists that he stop prying into the new “Cat’s” activities. He asks assistance from H. H. Hughson (John Williams), Bertani’s friend and Francie Stevens (Grace Kelly).
Summary: To Catch a Thief may not be essential Hitchcock, but it is certainly Hitchcock at his entertaining best. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly shine in this lightweight but engaging comedy thriller set in the beautiful landscapes of the South of France. The star pairing pays off, with chemistry and sizzle in a cat and mouse game between the two players.
Conclusion: Hitchcocks's 1955 caper is in all honesty not my favourite Hitchcock film overall as I find outside of some of the Cary Grant and Grace Kelly interactions it never quite gains plot momentum, but it does look great.