Reviewer's Rating 5 out of 5  
North by Northwest DVD (1959)

Another wonderful twist is added to the magic of the thrilling "North by Northwest", with a gorgeous transfer to DVD.

The Vistavision and Technicolor shooting processes produce rich colours that are beautifully showcased by this immaculate disc. There is a remarkable radiance to the image, which has been sourced from a near-flawless print.

While it might appear impossible, further excitement is added to this film with a magnificent 5.1 sound mix. Quite rightly, the effects concentrate on the front speakers, with the magnificent Bernard Herrmann score gaining in resonance and depth. Listen out though for that classic scene where Cary is given a crop dusting from a plane that attacks him from all directions - the speakers and sub woofer increase the explosive thrills.

For the film transfer alone this disc is a winner, but Warners have surpassed themselves with quality extra features, accessed from inventive animated menus. The commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman is one of the star attractions, although it does take him a while to warm-up. Once in full swing, he has plenty of anecdotes about working with Hitch and the problems that they encountered.

The production stills gallery, trailers, and isolated score are all good additions, especially together with the excellent all-new 40-minute documentary on the making of the film. It's hosted by Eva Marie Saint and features contributions from cast and crew, including Martin Landau, who does a mean Hitch impersonation. Loads of behind-the-scenes stills, storyboards, and a little footage combine with interviews and anecdotes to fascinating effect.

At the time of release, "North by Northwest" is £12.99 - it's hard to think of a better value disc out there.

Chapters: 46
Region: 2
Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, 'Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest' documentary, audio commentary with Ernest Lehman, isolated Bernard Herrmann music score, production stills gallery, trailer, TV spot, animated menus, multiple languages, subtitles, English for the hearing impaired.

End Credits

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ernest Lehman

Stars: Cary Grant, Eve Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G Carroll, Jesse Royce Landis

Genre: Thriller, Classic

Length: 136 minutes

Cinema: 1959

DVD: 9 April 2001

Country: USA