These DVD Beaver screen captures comparing the 2004 DVD to the forthcoming Criterion Bluray (2.18) of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Foreign Correspondent (’40) tell the tale. There’s a bit more information on the top and sides of the Bluray version — more facial exposure on the guy with the bowler hat on the left, a larger slice of a khaki raincoat on the right, greater exposure of the trolley car window on top. Plus the frame captures don’t indicate appalling levels of grain. This in itself is enough to put me in state of tumescence.

Prelude to the Van Meer assassination scene on the 2004 DVD — stolen from DVD Beaver.

Same frame on the Criterion Bluray — ditto.