Hitchcock and the Digital Revolution

Digitisation is being applied to the restoration of the films Hollywood regards as its greatest and we are very happy to be able to show two brilliant Hitchcock restorations as part of this year's Festival.

Dial M for Murder 3D, starring Grace Kelly, was released in 1954 and was Hitchcock’s first and only use of the 3D technology. It was released just as the popularity of 3D was waning. A 4K restoration of the original film negative has been completed by Warner Brothers.

“Rarely shown in 3D anywhere at the time of its original release this high definition restoration is worth the nearly 60 year wait. Grace Kelly never looked more perfect.” says Gosden.

North by Northwest, originally released in 1959, stars Cary Grant as the advertising executive who is caught up in a case of mistaken identity and Government conspiracy, with co-stars James Mason and Eva Marie Saint.

“Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is a masterpiece of popular cinema and simply one of the most entertaining thrillers ever made. We think it most unlikely that you’ve ever seen it looking better than it does now, filling the giant screen in this fabulous new 4K restoration,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

Dial M for Murder

Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 105min

In the only Hitchcock movie ever shot in 3D, quintessential cool blonde Grace Kelly stars as a society woman for whom jealous husband Ray Milland arranges the perfect murder. But thanks to a well-placed pair of scissors, the tables are turned, and Milland’s carefully laid plans begin to disintegrate.

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North by Northwest

Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1959, 136min

Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is a masterpiece of popular cinema and simply one of the most entertaining thrillers ever made.

Read more about North by Northwest.