Criterion Press Release: Notorious (Blu-ray)

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With this twisting love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars starkly against type. Ingrid Bergman stars as Alicia, an alluring woman of ill repute recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave but mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South America. Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity. A thriller of rare perfection, Notorious represents a pinnacle in both its director’s legendary career and the pantheon of classic Hollywood cinema.

FILM INFO

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • United States
  • 1946
  • 102 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #137SPECIAL FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer
    • New interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto
    • New program about the film’s visuals with cinematographer John Bailey
    • New scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell
    • Once Upon a Time . . . “Notorious,” a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini; filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears; and others
    • New program about Hitchcock’s storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim
    • 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock
    • 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Notorious, starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten
    • Trailers and teasers
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién

    New cover by Greg Ruth

    January 15, 2019

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44 Comments

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  2. actually, its getting to the point that every title that i have on a shelf with an MGM logo, is being reissued the way it should have been released by either Criterion or one of the other Independents, looks like two more are headed to the bin of titles to let the kids pick through, before i sell off the rest of the replaced disc.

  3. DavidJ

    One of my favorite Hitchcock films (somewhere in the top five for me) and one I've watched numerous times. I am definitely in for this. I have both the Criterion DVD and the MGM Blu-ray.

    Same here, this release allows me to finally get rid of the 2001 Criterion DVD. The MGM BD has a different audio commentary.

  4. So, a "New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray." The present Blu-ray disc is not good enough so I'm interested, but I'll wait for a reliable opinion about this new transfer before buying..

  5. Robin9

    So, a "New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray." The present Blu-ray disc is not good enough so I'm interested, but I'll wait for a reliable opinion about this new transfer before buying..

    I thought the prior Blu-ray release was pretty good, but I know you're more particular than I am when it comes to video presentations. Also, I think you have a projector while my 65" OLED is probably more forgiving when it comes to video issues.

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  7. albert_m2

    I own the Criterion DVD and the MGM Blu, but this is a favorite, so I will definitely get this. While the cover art is good, I thought the cover art of their DVD version was pretty cool.

    This cover art? [​IMG]

    This artwork looks like it has nothing to do with the film, looks like Ingrid is ghost among the all black background.

  8. darkrock17

    This cover art? [​IMG]

    This artwork looks like it has nothing to do with the film, looks like Ingrid is ghost among the all black background.

    If you have seen the film I don't see how you can say the cover has nothing to do with the film.

  9. Robin9

    The cup of coffee scene was when it dawned on her what was going on. It's a major turning point in the film.

    It is indeed. However, I think the art design this time round is remarkable. I have both the laserdisc and DVD and am impressed with how Criterion has improved their jacket designs over the last 30 years. The laserdisc was just an completely uninspired still (are Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman actually in love with each other?) and the DVD looks like a photoshop fail (do the hands belong to Ingrid Bergman?). Even the MGM blu-ray doesn't convey anything of the suspense – it just looks like the film is a sappy romance (with Cary Grant practically poking Ingrid Bergman's eye out with his nose!). I Criterion's blu-ray cover for Notorious is a candidate for best cover design of the year! View attachment 50790View attachment 50791 View attachment 50792View attachment 50793

  10. AnthonyClarke

    Just to be sure before I order .. this is I guess still a 1080p Blu ray? If it was 4k I'd be tempted to make my first purchase in that format. Nothing so far released tempts me enough to duplicate.

    Yes, it's a Blu-ray disc. Criterion hasn't released anything in 4K/UHD.

  11. I have the original Criterion DVD of this, and supposing I decide to get this Blu-ray, will definitely be holding onto it for the Isolated Score and Effects track (which seems to have been dropped for the Blu-ray, though they kept the isolated score track for Rebecca), currently the only way to listen to Roy Webb’s score for the film.

  12. titch

    It is indeed. However, I think the art design this time round is remarkable. I have both the laserdisc and DVD and am impressed with how Criterion has improved their jacket designs over the last 30 years. The laserdisc was just an completely uninspired still (are Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman actually in love with each other?) and the DVD looks like a photoshop fail (do the hands belong to Ingrid Bergman?). Even the MGM blu-ray doesn't convey anything of the suspense – it just looks like the film is a sappy romance (with Cary Grant practically poking Ingrid Bergman's eye out with his nose!). I Criterion's blu-ray cover for Notorious is a candidate for best cover design of the year! View attachment 50790View attachment 50791 View attachment 50792View attachment 50793

    Thoughts on the vhs and beta max covers??

  13. This artwork looks like it has nothing to do with the film, looks like Ingrid is ghost among the all black background.

    Nothing to do with the film? The camera zooms in on the cup of coffee inferring how she is being poisoned. I'm not suggesting that they key isn't significant or bad though.

    I just like how the cup of coffee imagery is both small and big at the same time….

  14. Garysb

    Is the Criterion blu ray cover based on an actual publicity still from 1946? The man does not look like Claude Rains, from the back, to me.

    It would be interesting to hear if this is the case. I found a very similar design from an Austin, Texas-based artist, from 2012. The text underneath suggests that he composed the poster himself. Either Criterion copied this, or there was a similar still originally. The key featured prominently in original theatrical release and re-release.

    http://cromeyellow.com/n-e-new-flesh-prints-beautiful-notorious-poster/View attachment 50812 posters.

  15. Garysb

    Is the Criterion blu ray cover based on an actual publicity still from 1946? The man does not look like Claude Rains, from the back, to me.

    It would be interesting to hear if this is the case. I found a very similar design from an Austin, Texas-based artist, from 2012. The text underneath suggests that he composed the poster himself. Either Criterion copied this, or there was a similar still originally. The key featured prominently in original theatrical release and re-release.

    http://cromeyellow.com/n-e-new-flesh-prints-beautiful-notorious-poster/View attachment 50812 posters.

  16. Recently as you guys have noticed, Criterion has used more modern cover art for the classics. All the recent new Cary Grant films has had modern interpretations done with simple line drawing type art. In looking up the original poster art for Notorious, I came across this piece of art by a small printing house specializing in new film poster art. They are New Flesh Prints. This 2012 interpretation of Notorious looks like the inspiration for Criterion. It’s even in the same style of their recent cover art for the Grant films. Perhaps there is a studio still of this shot the artists used as their basis?

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  17. Recently as you guys have noticed, Criterion has used more modern cover art for the classics. All the recent new Cary Grant films has had modern interpretations done with simple line drawing type art. In looking up the original poster art for Notorious, I came across this piece of art by a small printing house specializing in new film poster art. They are New Flesh Prints. This 2012 interpretation of Notorious looks like the inspiration for Criterion. It’s even in the same style of their recent cover art for the Grant films. Perhaps there is a studio still of this shot the artists used as their basis?

    View attachment 50813

    http://cromeyellow.com/n-e-new-flesh-prints-beautiful-notorious-poster/

  18. We can argue all day about what's most pertinent .. but I think the intended Criterion cover is remarkably striking.
    There'll need to be a huge improvement over the MGM Blu ray for me to buy again .. but then, it is one of my very favourite Hitchcocks!
    If Criterion brings it out in a UK edition, then I'll probably succumb ……

  19. AnthonyClarke

    We can argue all day about what's most pertinent .. but I think the intended Criterion cover is remarkably striking.
    There'll need to be a huge improvement over the MGM Blu ray for me to buy again .. but then, it is one of my very favourite Hitchcocks!
    If Criterion brings it out in a UK edition, then I'll probably succumb ……

    Yes, I think Jayne Mansfield was at her most poignant in that role. Her vulnerability was palpable. Her performance was such a contrast to Anthony Quinn's brutishness. One can only wonder what Brando, had he taken the part, would have done …….

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