Eve Marie Saint
Grantís one of those icons, like Humphrey Bogart, or James Cagney thatís truly one of a kind. The only modern actor I can think of that compares to Grant, in terms of suavity is probably George Clooney, but even thatís stretching it. There was really something special about Grant. Here, despite the fact that he was in his mid-fifties by the time the cameras rolled, Grant was truly in top form. He's slick without ever seeming like heís posing, charming without being arrogant, and heroic without being over the top- all the while maintaining an everyman appeal that a lot of his contemporaries did not possess. Put him together with Hitchcock- and you canít lose (and sure enough they didnít, with all of their films together being excellent in one way or another).
I really canít over praise this film. Thereís a reason why it's such a beloved classic- as it really is a perfect film. Despite running a lengthy 2hrs and 15min, the film feels leaner than lean. Hitchcock was a master at pacing, and he doesnít waste a single frame. The two action set pieces, one being the famous crop-duster chase, and the other being the final climax on Mount Rushmore- put anything out of most modern action movies to shame. Despite the fact that Iíve probably seen this dozens of times over the years, I found myself biting my nails over and over again.
We also get a new documentary on Hitch, The Masterís Touch: Hitchcockís Signature Style , running just under an hour, with input from directors William Friedkin, Guillermo del Toro, Curtis Hanson, and Martin Scorsese. These directors return in another featurette called NORTH BY NORTHWEST: One For The Ages
Ported over from the previous DVD, we get an audio commentary with writer Ernest Lehman , and yet another documentary- the forty minute Destination Hitchcock: The Making of NORTH BY NORTHWEST . Completing the set, we get trailers , which Hitchcock hosts himself, as was his custom, trading off his newfound celebrity status from ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, and some vintage TV spots .