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February 22, 2012

TO CATCH A THIEF Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray Debuts March 6, 2012 Boasting More Than 90 Minutes of Bonus Material, Including a Discussion with Hitchcock’s Descendants, a Look at How Censorship Shaped the Film, Expert Commentary and More  

            HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Cary Grant and Grace Kelly light up the screen in director Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful and romantic thriller TO CATCH A THIEF, debuting on Blu-ray March 6, 2012 from Paramount Home Entertainment.   A delightful classic filled with star power, witty dialogue, breathtaking scenery and plenty of plot twists, TO CATCH A THIEF garnered three Academy Award® nominations and won the Oscar® for Best Cinematography, Color.  Starring Cary Grant as John Robie, a reformed cat burglar, and Grace Kelly as an heiress with whom he becomes romantically entangled, the film takes place on the opulent French Riviera as Robie tries to uncover the identity of a jewel thief and prove his own innocence. 
The TO CATCH A THIEF Blu-ray features more than 90 minutes of bonus material including “A Night With The Hitchcocks”, in which Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter and granddaughter discuss the prolific director; a look at censorship during the time and its impact on the film; an exploration of the writing and casting; a “making-of”featurette; profiles of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly; a segment on Oscar®-winning costume designer Edith Head; an interactive travelogue; commentary by Hitchcock film historian Dr. Drew Casper; photo galleries; the original theatrical trailer and more.

The TO CATCH A THIEF Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 2.0 Stereo Dolby TrueHD, English Mono Dolby TrueHD, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital, Portuguese Mono Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  Bonus features are as follows:
o   Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchcock Film Historian
o   A Night with the Hitchcocks
o   Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America
o   Writing and Casting To Catch A Thief
o   The Making of To Catch A Thief
o   Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
o   Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation
o   Edith Head: The Paramount Years
o   If You Love To Catch A Thief, You’ll Love this Interactive Travelogue
o   Theatrical Trailer
o   Galleries:
o   Movie
o   Publicity
o   Visitors to the Set
o   Production

About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

Our Review:
Since we own a Blu-ray player, whenever possible, we always get movies on Blu-ray because the picture quality of the film is typically better. We received a copy of To Catch a Thief to review and we were excited to check  it out. The last time I watched this movie, I saw it in black and white. Watching it on Blu-ray, I was immediately impressed by the picture quality as well as  the color restoration. I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock's work, so I am very happy to be able to add this to our home movie collection. In this film, ex-jewelry thief (played by Grant) was blamed for a string of jewelry robberies. With his friends and the police after him, he had to track down the real jewel thief and in the process he met the beautiful Grace Kelly. The chemistry between Kelly and Grant was great and the movie was beautifully filmed. If you are a fan of Grace Kelly or Alfred Hitchcock, I recommend picking up this Blu-ray for your collection.

To buy this Blu-ray, please check your local stores where Paramount DVDs and Blu-ray are sold, this title will be available for purchase starting March 6th, 2012. You can also pre-order a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Catch-Thief-Blu-ray-Grace-Kelly/dp/B006OKOZGU/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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