Please note I have NOT bought Marnie on blu ray on the strength of many reviewers who confirm this Universal restoration is appalling. When Universal re-releases a full and detailed restoration, as Hitchcock deserves, I will buy it. Simple as that. Give the job to Network (UFO, The Professionals, etc) - they'd do a fantastic job!
The film, however, is one of Hitch's best (which I own on DVD): An in-depth analysis of a psychologically and emotionally disturbed woman (played with alarming reality by Hedren) who is barely able to keep the lid on the tin of her apparent seething hatred of men for reason/s that are lingeringly kept from us - well-judged by the Director. The dream-like feel to certain scenes (eg Tippi's horseriding sequence) and the sense of freedom this gives her from her frigidity and introversions still sticks in the mind from last playing the film (in 2009). I also gain a sense of smouldering yet repressed sexual desire in some scenes. To convey such feelings so deeply and precisely in a film is nothing short of genius. I can associate these scenes with the times I have fancied a girl but, alas, hardly ever having mustered the courage to approach her for fear of rejection (a fear based on experience), and wishing I could throw off the heavy shackles of shyness, which is probably why this film is so personal to me, so meaningful.
A detailed restoration of this classic masterpiece would merit an immediate 5 stars - and another purchase.
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- Aspect Ratio : 16:9
- Language : Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm; 100 Grams
- Subtitles: : Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
- Language : Italian (DTS ES), French (DTS ES), Spanish (DTS ES), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0), German (DTS ES)
- Studio : Universal
- ASIN : B00JJ19MDM
- Number of discs : 1
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A masterpiece of sexual and emotional repression - ruined by a shameful BD restoration!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2016
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Mr. D. A. Evans
MagnificentReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2018
I've bought a bunch of Hitchcock recently I'd never seen before & this was one of the best . An excellent thriller , intelligently written with good dialogue & complex characters. Tippi Hedren & Sean Connery were fabulous , especially Connery who was still James Bond at the time . An interesting take where the protagonist was a victim as much as a naughty villainess. It's beautifully restored to watch on dvd , too. Standout scenes for me - the dual shot where Marnie steals from the office, with the cleaner in the background ; Marnie thrown headfirst off her horse when his hind legs are trapped on a wall ( the build up to it is pure suspense & reminded me of what happened to Bonnie in Gone with the Wind ) & the revelation at the end when it's revealed how & why she was traumatised .
An underrated classic .
An underrated classic .
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A good entertaining movie for its time, another side of Sean Connery other than James.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2016
I bought this movie for my mum because she started watching it on TV (bbc2)one or two days before new years day 2016. She explained to that she really liked it and got into it but only managed to watch the first 20 minutes or so because my dad wanted sleep and she was frightened of ghosts or something that she couldn't go downstairs to watch it, what a numpty. So I bought it as an extra gift. Me and my family watched it on new years eve like a bunch of sad cases...lol. Now about the movie, I found this movie okay with a storyline that's got a typical twist to it i.e. you actually find out that the main character has unresolved issues but but you find out right at the end of the movie. Well for me and my family it kept us entertained and focused although it did drag on a bit, more than what was necessary but it was still OK. What I didn't like was because of the age of the movie there was some obvious fake background scenery used. e.g the ship/docking yard was a painted background picture. The car scene where Sean Connery is driving with Tippi Hedren its so obvious its fake because of out what you seen in the car windows but I suppose you have to consider the age of the film. It was however very nice to see Sean Connery in a different role when he was younger.
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Great film, rubbish blu ray transferReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2015
In common with some other reviewers, I found this blu ray transfer to be about as poor as it could be. It actually looked better on t.v. the last time it was on. A real pity as this is far and away my favourite Hitchcock. Connery is great, Hedren slightly less so. As usual Bernard Herrmann's score is gorgeous. There are some beautifully sensual moments in this film, together will an ill judged rape scene.
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A. W. Roy
A plot and movie ahead of their timeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2022
Marnie is well worth watching. A psychological thriller adapted from a novel which explored deep-rooted and long-standing motivations behind a protagonist's criminal activity. The root causes in traumatic childhood events also explains, as we finally discover, the protagonist's reactions to certain visual stimuli.