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To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its release, Warner Home Video recently released a two-disc DVD of the Alfred Hitchcock classic North by Northwest. I have just concluded several hours of watching the film (for the umpteenth time) and the many extras (apparently the previous DVD release was fouled up with a flaw in the last act--the Amazon reviews are a litany of complaints about it, but a flaw in the Amazon review system doesn't differentiate between releases). Following the box-office disappointment of Vertigo, Hitchcock teamed with screenwriter Ernest Lehman to adapt the book The Wreck of the Mary Deare. Lehman couldn't do anything with the book, and told Hitchcock so, but the director liked the writer enough to suggest they just scrap that idea, not tell MGM about it, and do something else. Hitchcock had always wanted to make a film that had a chase across the faces of Mount Rushmore (a possible title for the film was "The Man in Lincoln's Nose") and that's where they started. Hitchcock would never make Mary Deare.

ISBN: 9780340978030
Cover Type: Hard-Back Cover

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