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Format: DVD
Sku: 40246956
UPC: 085391115625
UPC 14: 00085391115625
Rating: NR
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Ex-tennis pro tony wendice decides to murder his wife for her money and because she had an affair the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but when things go wrong he sees a way to turn events to his advantage.

"...a fabulous murder mystery...  Crazy For Cinema Review
"...a rare and accomplished example of the work of Hitchcock the Minimalist.  culturevulture.net

Editor's Note
Alfred Hitchcock had already begun work on REAR WINDOW when he took on the project to direct DIAL M FOR MURDER, based on the successful play by Frederick Knott. For the film, Hitchcock chose to cast his favorite leading lady of the time, Grace Kelly, as the embattled Margot Wendice. Kelly would also star in REAR WINDOW and Hitchcock's subsequent TO CATCH A THIEF. It wasn't Hitchcock's preference to shoot DIAL M FOR MURDER in Warnercolor 3D (the cameras were large and unwieldly), and the film is seldom screened in 3D, but Hitchcock's use of the technique is notable for its service to the story rather than just being a gimmick. In the film Margot Wendice is a wealthy heiress whose playboy husband, Tony (Ray Milland), recognizes his dependence on his wife's fortune. When Tony begins to suspect he is losing Margot's affection to writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he also begins to fear he will lose her wealth. This leads the callous husband to craft a plan for his wife's death. However, when the plan goes awry, Tony is quick to turn circumstance into a second opportunity to destroy his wife.

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Video Features DVD

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/29/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1954
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11156
Video UPC UPC: 00085391115625
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Dial M for Murder - DVD Review
By: David Bezanson filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/21/2009 2:42 PM
M stands for murder and also for mindjob in this, one of Hitchcock's best films. Based on a stage play by Frederick Knott (whose credits also include another great thriller, Wait Until Dark), Dial M For Murder includes one of the most intricate plots of any murder mystery as well as maximum amounts of Hitchcock's trademark suspense. A quietly evil Ray Milland plays a cold fish who plots to kill his wife (Grace Kelly) for her insurance money. As he explains at the beginning of the movie, he also wants to commit the “perfect murder” – i.e. one that is complicated and dangerous, yet foolproof and never suspected. John Williams is the Scotland Yard inspector who may be onto him....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Dawson
Video Cast Info Grace Kelly
Video Cast Info John Williams
Video Cast Info Ray Milland
Video Cast Info Robert Cummings
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - Producer
Video Cast Info Dimitri Tiomkin - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Frederick Knott - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Robert Burks - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Rudi Fehr - Editor
Plot Summary
DIAL M FOR MURDER is Alfred Hitchcock's intriguing cinematic adaptation of Frederick Knott's play about a woman who slowly comes to realize that her husband is trying to murder her. In order to get his hands on his wife Margot's fortune, Tony Wendice hires a hit man to "break into" their apartment and kill her. But when things don't go according to plan, the scheming husband turns circumstances into a second chance to be rid of his wife.

Awards


British Academy Awards (1955)
   Video Award Name Grace Kelly, Nominee, Best Foreign Actress

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Besides historic charm, the movie also sports droll humor....It's a cinema-history treat..." 05/19/2000 p.30

USA Today
"Well-acted, un-stagy and with a huge third-act boost from John Williams..." 09/10/2004 p.6D

Los Angeles Times
"[T]aut, terrifying..." 08/29/2004 p.E11

Entertainment Weekly
"Hitchcock shows that even the most glamorous unions can turn ugly..." -- Grade: B 05/13/2011

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Milland,Ray
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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