Criterion release The Man Who Knew Too Much on Blu-ray in January

Steve Withers

Distinguished Member
Early Alfred Hitchcock classic gets the high-def treatment

An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. The Man Who Knew Too Much is a gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, and the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock’s brilliance, it gave the incredible Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain. With its tension and gallows humor, it’s pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for films like The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. The Blu-ray and DVD are released in the US on the 15th of January 2013.


Special features:
  • New high-definition digital restoration
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp
  • New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William Everson
  • Audio excerpts from filmmaker François Truffaut’s legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock
  • Restoration demonstration
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme


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