Monday, February 10, 2003

He said he looks silly in his tennis clothes

That's the last line of the last scene in the British version of Strangers on a train, which was on the flip side of the DVD I picked up a week ago. Spent most of the afternoon on Sunday piecing the differences between the British and American releases of the film (having different versions was something almost unheard of from Hitchcock, and despite this being a strong film there's evidence of uncertainty and improvisation here. He also had two different endings for Topaz, which was a much weaker film. And then there's the post-coda scene in Vertigo).

Highly recommended is the segment on special effects for A Beautiful Mind {reactions and review}. The other special features are really big-studio wishy-washy and so-so missable.

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