Criterion’s Foreign Corespondent Bluray is close to magnificent. For the most part Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic looks wonderful — clean, richly rendered, sublime. I’ve never seen the values in Rudolph Mate’s cinematography look so robust and yet delicate. Plus there’s a surprising revelation in Craig Barron‘s visual effects doc [see below]. Minor mood pocket: Every so often a scene is covered in mosquito-grain, but it happens so infrequently that I didn’t find it bothersome. I let it go, and that’s something coming from me.

Opening night for Foreign Correspondent at Manhattan’s Rivoli Theatre (B’way and 49th) — 8.16.40.