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(aka "Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie")

 

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Director Alfred Hitchcock creates a spellbinding portrait of disturbed woman and the man who tries to save her in the unrelenting psychological thriller Marnie. A compulsive liar and thief, Marnie (Tippi Hedren) winds up impulsively marrying the very man (Sean Connery) she attempts to rob. When a terrible accident pushes her over the edge, her husband struggles to help her face her demons and her past as the plot races to a shattering, inescapable conclusion. Originally marketed as a "suspenseful sex mystery," this shocking story from the Master of Suspense is a mesmerizing classic.

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Condemned as being a "disappointing" and "unworthy" Alfred Hitchcock effort at the time of its release, Marnie has since grown in stature; it is still considered a lesser Hitchcock, but a fascinating one. Tippi Hedren plays Marnie, a compulsive thief who cannot stand to be touched by any man. She also goes bonkers over the sight of the color red. Her new boss, Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) is intrigued by Marnie -- to such an extent that he blackmails her into marriage when he stumbles onto her breaking into his safe. Rutland is in his own way as "sick" as his wife because of his fetishist desire to cohabit with a thief. After innumerable plot twists and turns, Marnie is "cured" by a facile but mesmerizing flashback sequence involving her ex-hooker mother (Louise Latham).

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Theatrical Release: July 9th, 1964

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Review: Universal - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Distribution Universal - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Runtime 2:10:24.608        
Video

1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 65,858,266,415 bytes

Feature: 61,423,601,664 bytes

Video Bitrate: 55.16 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1819 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1819 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

DTS Audio French 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Japanese 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio German 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, None
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1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 65,858,266,415 bytes

Feature: 61,423,601,664 bytes

Video Bitrate: 55.16 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

4K Ultra HD disc

The Trouble with Marnie (58:26)
The Marnie Archives (9:01)
Theatrical Trailer (4:44)

 

Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray

The Trouble with Marnie (58:26)
The Marnie Archives (9:01)
Theatrical Trailer (4:44)


4K Ultra HD Release Date: May 10th, 2022
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NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

ADDITION: Universal 4K UHD (May 2022): Universal's have released Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" to 4K UHD. It has HDR applied and is described as "4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD". This shows in the heavy grain textures which are richer and thicker than I have ever seen for the film. Marnie is a very grainy film and they are brought to prominence by this 2160 resolution. Plus there is a notable uptick in colors and contrast which are exported with more intense hues and richer black levels. This is also a cleaner image with some very minor speckles and surface scratches removed - that were fairly imperceptible on the BD. The 4K UHD image has slightly more information in the frame and it looks far more film like - with the lush grain - and deeper colors - notably reds (Marnie's psychological trigger), the yellow purse, and greens of her outfit and countryside. 

The second disc Blu-ray is the exact same one as released in 2012 (reviewed HERE) as evidence by the file dates:

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

NOTE: 68 more more full resolution (3840 X 2160) 4K UHD captures, in lossless PNG format, for Patrons are available HERE

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Shadow of a Doubt (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Fistful of Dollars (no HDR), In the Heat of the Night (no HDR), Jack Reacher (software uniformly simulated HDR), Death Wish II (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Apartment (no HDR), The Proposition (software uniformly simulated HDR), Nightmare Alley (2021) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Godfather (software uniformly simulated HDR), Le Crecle Rouge (software uniformly simulated HDR), An American Werewolf in London (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Hard Day's Night (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Piano (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Great Escape (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Red Shoes (software uniformly simulated HDR), Citizen Kane (software uniformly simulated HDR), Unbreakable (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mulholland Dr. (software uniformly simulated HDR), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Hills Have Eyes (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Servant (software uniformly simulated HDR), Anatomy of a Murder (software uniformly simulated HDR), Taxi Driver  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Wolf Man (1941) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Frankenstein (1931) (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Deep Red (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Misery (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Silence of the Lambs (software uniformly simulated HDR), John Carpenter's "The Thing" (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Cat' o'Nine Tails (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (software uniformly simulated HDR), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (software uniformly simulated HDR), Perdita Durango (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Django (software uniformly simulated HDR) Fanny Lye Deliver'd (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, (NO HDR applied to disc),  Rollerball (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Chernobyl  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Daughters of Darkness (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vigilante (software uniformly simulated HDR), Tremors (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cinema Paradiso (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bourne Legacy (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Metal Jacket (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Psycho (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Birds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rear Window (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vertigo (software uniformly simulated HDR) Spartacus (software uniformly simulated HDR), Jaws (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Invisible Man, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie  (software uniformly simulated HDR),, 2004's Van Helsing (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Shallows (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bridge on the River Kwai (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Deer Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Elephant Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Quiet Place (software uniformly simulated HDR), Easy Rider (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz, (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

The audio is via the similar DTS-HD dual-mono track at 24 bits that was on the 2012 Blu-ray. This is notable for the emotional score by iconic Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, Blue Denim, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, Cape Fear, The Magnificent Ambersons, Taxi Driver, The Wrong Man, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, Obsession, Hangover Square, etc. etc.) his last of seven critically acclaimed film scores for Hitchcock. He was fired during Hitchcock's next film, Torn Curtain (1966.) Hitchcock felt Herrmann's score for 1965's Joy in the Morning (with Richard Chamberlain and Yvette Mimieux) and Marnie were suspiciously similar. It is quite dramatic at times and a shade restrained in others deftly supporting the film's waves of tension. There are a three European, and a Japanese, language DUBs as well as plenty of foreign subtitle options plus English (SDH.) Both the 4K UHD disc and included Blu-ray are region FREE.

There are the duplicate extras on the 4K UHD disc as on the second disc Blu-ray rendered in 2012. Actually, nothing new from the older DVD and 2005's The Masterpiece Collection with Laurent Bouzereau's excellent 2000 documentary The Trouble with Marnie. It has interviews with 'Tippi' Hedren, Diane Baker, and Louise Latham, daughter Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, production designer Robert Boyle, makeup artist Howard Smit, the late Robin Wood, Bogdanovich and more. There are also the 9-minute slideshow of The Marnie Archives posters, behind-the-scenes etc., a lengthy theatrical trailer and the Blu-ray disc is bookmarkable via the My Scenes features.

Universal's
4K UHD release of Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" has an impressively improved image - and the same audio and extras as the second disc, duplicate, Blu-ray. The film, about a complex, sexually disturbed and inscrutabily cold female thief has the frequently discussed sexual assault scene that was in the original Winston Graham novel - predictably toned-down for the film. It is considered by some to be neo-noir. Marilyn Monroe sought the role of Marnie, which interested Hitchcock, and actress Lee Remick was suggested to the director. Catherine Deneuve stated that she would have loved to have played Marnie but Tippi was, gratefully, offered the role during The Birds. Marnie was the final time a "Hitchcock blonde" would have a central role in one of his films. I find such latter use of German Expressionism - as in Marnie's mother's shipyard backdrop neighborhood, her walking into Rutland and Co., thunderstorms etc., very unique and appealing. It's such a curious film with great leads and support from Louise Latham's bitter Mother performance, suspicious sister Diane Baker (Senator Ruth Martin in The Silence of the Lambs), stately father Alan Napier (TV Batman's 'Alfred'), Mariette Hartley, Bruce Dern (Black Sunday) etc. I seem to find new appealing features in Marnie each time I see it. This package should be strongly considered by The Master's fans for the pristine home theater appearance. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

 


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