North by Northwest (1959)
Warner Bros. | Not rated | 50th Anniversary Edition | Blu-ray Released: Nov 03, 2009
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations.
1080p Blu-rayRip | MKV | AVC @ 15.1 Mbps, 23.976 fps | 1920 x 1080 (Display aspect ratio: 16:9) | 2 hr 16 min | 16.5 GB
English: DTS Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit) @ 1509 Kbps | Subtitle: English
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Country: USA
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
"You know, we're not making a movie," Alfred Hitchcock reputedly told screenwriter Ernest Lehman during the shooting of North by Northwest. "We're constructing an organ, the kind of organ that you see in the theatre. And we press this chord and now the audience laughs, we press that chord and they gasp, and we press these notes and they chuckle. Someday we won't have to make a movie, we'll just attach them to electrodes and play the various emotions for them to experience in the theatre." Whether the portly director was being cynical or merely offering a pithy insight into his own mastery of suspense, the fact remains that Alfred Hitchcock was a virtuoso at knowing not only which emotional keys to press, but exactly when to press them, and in what order. Disparaging critics—what few there are—may level the charge that Hitchcock's films are formulaic, but even if that's so, it's undeniable that he worked out the perfect formula, a cinematic golden ratio that balances tension and darkness with romance and wit.