Dial M for Murder

8.21 h 45 min1954X-RayPG
When American writer Mark Halliday visits the very married Margot Wendice in London, he unknowingly sets off a chain of blackmail and murder.
Alfred Hitchcock
Ray MillandGrace KellyRobert Cummings
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John WilliamsAnthony DawsonLeo BrittPatrick AllenGeorge LeighGeorge AldersonRobin Hughes
Alfred Hitchcock
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PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Aspect Ratio Altered
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Movie is good fun, 3D is very natural, no zany effects, just a you-are-there vibe. Very disappointed that the 3D blu-ray version was chopped top & bottom for a 16:9 presentation, while the original aspect ratio was the 1.37:1 Academy ratio. Just give us the black bars on the sides, please. Why go through all of the effort to make this wonderful 3D restoration & transfer, and then remove a significant amount of the picture? The cardinal sin back in the VHS and early DVD days; I can not believe that a studio would continue to do that now. We have a fantastic 3D blu-ray medium; please show us the movie as it was intended to be seen.
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E. Hunter HaleReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
3-D or 2-D Hitchcock's DIAL M Connects!
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While Hitchcock tends to dismiss DIAL M as a lesser effort it is actually an excellent example of what he could do in a confined space. Hitch loved to see what could be done with confinement in such films as ROPE, LIFEBOAT and REAR WINDOW. DIAL M was made at the height of the 1953 3-D effort of Hollywood to lure customers away from their televisions. The Blu-ray disc includes the ability to watch the film in 2-D on non 3-D system or to screen the 3-D version if you have the needed set-up. The 3-D version is fascinating and Hitchcock uses it as a story telling tool that takes place mostly within the confines of an apartment, ignoring the gimmick aspect of the process. It remains one of the best uses of the 3-D process. Ray Milland gives a chilling performances as a man plotting to have his wife murdered. This was the first of three films that Grace Kelly did for the director and the second for Robert Cummings who had stared in Hitchcock's SABOTEUR. The film was shot in Warner Color (Eastman color) rather then the much better Technicolor so there is more grain but the this is a nice transfer of a very satisfying Hitchcock film.
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RozsaphileReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Police Incompetence?
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I'm baffled by the lasting popularity of this property. A distressed woman's awkward thrust just happens to sever a spinal cord? The attacker just happens to fall on the weapon? The police are summoned to the scene of a killing and don't even bother to interview the admitted killer, who is sleeping in the next room? They are scarcely concerned that the killing just happened to occur at the exact moment of the husband's inexplicable phone call? All house keys look alike and nobody has an identifying fob or chain? The hidden key sits undetected for months? Maybe expectations were different in 1953. Milland's slickness and Kelly's genuine pathos are virtues, but I just couldn't dial in for this one. Amazon's streamed version looks good, revealing some painfully dated rear projection in the outdoor scenes.
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IvanhoeReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Oldie But A Goody!
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Haunting Alfred Hitchcock, Captivating Grace Kelly, Cunning Bob Cummings and Murderous Ray Milland may be correct or not but the film is haunting, captivating, cunning and murderous. The film was filmed in 3D but for some reason only released in 2D. The fact that after 58 years the 3D print was even good enough to rebuild is amazing. For those that think in today's technology, try to remember that this film was released in 1954 using the technology of the time. Cellular phones were first used in the 1960's and the first 15 inch color tube tv's went on sale the year this film came to theaters in color with wide screen CinemaScope. When you approach 60 look at your high school photograph and see if you look as good as you did even 40 years ago.
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MeemeReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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This wasn't the movie I was expecting (I think I was thinking of highly suspenseful one with Babara Stanwyk called "Wrong Number" or something like that), so I'm trying not to let that influence my review. It was well written and of course Grace Kelly----what can I say. It has a little suspense and last minute twists which make it interesting. In time I'll watch it again, but this time knowing what it is---or isn't. It's basically about a woman having an affair with another man and the husband plotting her death. Watch it to see how it all turns out.
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AdamReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great classic
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Big fan of Hitchcock. To Catch a Theif is my favorite so far (haven't seen them all, working on it) but didn't care for Rear Window (felt like they made a creeper the hero, and the romantic dynamic seemed forced) but this was great. I felt let down 75% of the way through, though I had figured it out and it was predictable, but that's just what he wanted. The last act is great and really left me impressed. Must watch.
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L. P. ZuberReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the All-Time Great Suspense Movies
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Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, Bob Cummings, and the entire cast of Dial M for Murder were just excellent. I have seen this movie so many times that I can practically say the sentence right along with the actor. But, good acting and a good plot never grow old. This movie could stand up to today's mysteries and rise above them for acting, content and suspense. One of the all-time great views.
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debra g.Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Looks fine was gift not opened yet good price thanks
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Bought for daughter in law who likes old movies she hasn't opened it yet so I assume it's good it looked fine. The only thing is there was something on the outside of the package look like shavings of tabbaco or cardboard. Did not smell so I think just card board shaving but it just brushed off the plastic so it was fine.
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