VistaVision: North by Northwest
Unlike the other large formats of the 1950s, VistaVision's moderately wide aspect ratio makes it a perfect fit for HDTV's 16:9 screen. The Blu-ray of North by Northwest (1959) can therefore use all 1080 lines of resolution to show off all the detail in its twice-the-standard-film-frame image.
North by Northwest was the last and most entertaining of five movies that Alfred Hitchcock made in this format. It dresses up a typical Hitchcockian "wrong man" plot (foreign spies mistake an innocent man for their enemy while police think he's a murderer) with spectacle, witty dialog, star power (Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason), and, of course, VistaVision.
Republished with permission from PC World (view original version)