Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray Report: Saboteur (1942)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray: Saboteur Blu-Ray
Saboteur (1942) treds familiar Alfred Hitchcock narrative ground with “an ordinary man put in a bizarre situation,” as Hitch himself famously said. Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane’s (Robert Cummings) life is thrown into turmoil when his pal dies in a factory explosion and he’s accused of sabotage. But Barry knows who the real perpetrator is, a fellow worker named Fry who’s headed to Soda City in the high desert, and he sets on the trail of the real saboteur. Along the way he meets sassy yet doubtful Patricia “Pat” Martin (Priscilla Lane) and discovers a fiendish plot from a cover group of Fifth Columnists embedded in the United States. Saboteur is a Hitchcock film is not to be missed – if for no other reason than the climactic scene on the Statue of Liberty.
While Rope might have been slightly disappointing in the restoration department, but Saboteur more than makes up for it. As a matter of fact Saboteur might cover the cost of the entire Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray. The picture is clear as a bell, and the kind of startlingly brilliant black and white one must have encountered in movies theaters in 1942. The grays are stunning, the blacks are deep, and the contrast is just stunning. I’ve seen Saboteur several times, but I’ve never seen it like this. And I cannot imagine it being any better.
The DTS-HD Master Audio Mono mix in the Saboteur Blu-ray is just as remarkable and pristine as the picture. As a matter of fact, I really have no comment on the sound other than I stopped paying attention to it twenty minutes into the movie when I was swept up in the plot. That’s how great the sound mix is.
The Sabotuer Blu-ray extras include the delightful featurette Saboteur: A Closer Look, story boards for the Statue of Liberty sequence, Alfred Hitchcock’s own sketches, production stills, and the original theatrical trailer.
I’m not saying I bought a Blu-ray player just so could have this set, but that’s exactly what I did. As I watch each movie, I’ll report on the picture and sound quality and the extras included. Check back to read all 15 before you drop a bundle. Or, hell, just drop the bundle. It’s Hitchcock!