[Show spoiler]I do not have the necessary equipment to view the 3D version of Dial M for Murder and my lazy right eye prevents me from seeing in 3D in the first place, so I purchased the above Blu-ray simply to enjoy one of my favorite Hitchcock films in its included 2D version. As such, my review only discusses the 2D Blu-ray presentation.
If you watch Dial M for Murder on a setup that is not equipped for 3D viewing, then the first thing that you'll see upon inserting the Blu-ray into the player is a notification that the 3D version cannot be viewed on your system, and a prompt instructing you to push "OK" to continue to the 2D version. From there, the Blu-ray opens into the main menu.
The 2D Blu-ray presentation is the best such presentation that I have ever seen for Dial M for Murder. I used to own this movie in 4-pack DVD set that also included The Maltese Falcon, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and The Big Sleep. This Blu-ray picture far exceeds the look of that DVD, especially when it comes to colors, facial details, and such. Viewers who are expecting the stunning clarity of current-day Blu-ray releases may be dismayed by the rough-around-the-edges look of this particular film, but the limitations of Dial M for Murder on Blu-ray seem to be confined to the source material shortcomings of imperfect rear projection background images and such. On its own terms, though, Dial M for Murder is a cool-looking film that really captures the vibe of the era during which it was produced.
When it comes to the film itself, Dial M for Murder scores an A+ across the board as one of the most effective Alfred Hitchcock numbers, especially considering its limited setting and the fact that Hitchcock basically adapted the source play note for note. I have always loved how the most nail-bitingly tense moment of the film is a scene where an antagonist is dealing with a variety of setbacks while trying to make a phone call by a predetermined time. Hitchcock always excelled at pulling the rug out from under the viewer in offbeat ways, and this is one of his finest moments. Grace Kelly is stunningly beautiful, as always, and brings a dignified poise to the role that is crucial for certain moments. Robert Cummings, who was outstanding as the everyman lead in Hitchcock's Saboteur, does quite well in a more multi-layered role here. Ray Milland is brilliantly clever and manipulative with his character performance.
A short documentary supplement is a fun and informative way to cap off this outstanding film.
EDIT: I just realized that I'm posting in the wrong forum altogether, considering that my review does not discuss the 3D presentation. I double-posted the review elsewhere, so feel free to kick this one to the curb.
Thanks for the review. I've been wondering whether or not the disc is worth $25-$30 due to the mixed reviews and my lack of 3D. Looks like I'll probably pick up the Blu-Ray eventually.
Anyone know if Amazon is still shipping this with the 3D slipcover, hate to dish out thirty plus dollars without a slip.
On a whim... Called MovieStop and they to their own surprise received a new copy this past Tuesday with the original slipcover. Only downside, had to pay 34.99. In the past few days, I've wound up buying House of Wax, Creature from the Black Lagoon and now Dial M for Murder. Super stoked for a classic 3D marathon this weekend!
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