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Vertigo Blu Ray

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Dreamlike and nightmarishly surreal, Vertigo is Hitchcock's most personal film because it confronts many of the convoluted psychological issues that haunted and fascinated the director. The psychological complexity and the stark truthfulness of their rampant emotions keeps these strangely obsessive characters alive on screen, and Hitchcock understood better than most their barely repressed sexual compulsions, their fascination with death and their almost overwhelming desire for transcendent love. James Stewart finds profound and disturbing new depths in his psyche as Scotty, the tortured acrophobic detective on the trail of a suicidal woman apparently possessed by the ghost of someone long dead. Kim Novak is the classical Hitchcockian blonde whose icy exterior conceals a churning, volcanic emotional core. The agonised romance of Bernard Herrmann's score accompanies the two actors as a third and vitally important character, moving the film along to its culmination in an ecstasy of Wagnerian tragedy. Of course Hitch lavished especial care on every aspect of the production, from designer Edith Head's costumes (he, like Scotty, was most insistent on the grey dress), to the specific colour scheme of each location, to the famous reverse zoom "Vertigo" effect (much imitated, never bettered). The result is Hitch's greatest work and an undisputed landmark of cinema history. On the DVD: This disc presents the superb restored print of this film in a wonderful widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic transfer, with remastered Dolby digital soundtrack. There's a half-hour documentary made in 1996 about the painstaking two-year restoration process, plus an informative commentary from the restorers Robert Harris and James Katz, who are joined by original producer Herbert Coleman. There are also text features on the production, cast and crew, plus a trailer for the theatrical release of the restoration. This is an undeniably essential requirement for every DVD collection. --Mark Walker

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play  Set among San Fransico&39;s renown landmarks Vertigo is considered by many to be director Alfred Hichcock&39;s greatest achievement James Stewart is brilliant as Scottie Ferguson an acrophobic detective hired to shadow a friend&39;s suicidal wife Madeleine (Kim Novak) After he saves her from drowning in the bay Scottie&39;s interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy alluring blonde When tragedy strikes and Madeleine dies Scottie is devastated But when he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future Actors James Stewart Kim Novak Barbara Bel Geddes Tom Helmore Henry Jones Raymond Bailey Ellen Corby Konstantin Shayne & Lee Patrick Director Alfred Hitchcock Certificate PG Year 1958 Screen Widescreen 1851 Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (51) Additional Languages French ; Itlaian ; German ; Spanish ; Japansese Subtitles English for the hearing impaired Closed Captions Yes Duration 2 hours and 8 minutes (approx)

Psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After his fear of heights indirectly causes the death of a colleague, San Francisco cop Scottie (James Stewart) retires. He is subsequently hired by magnate Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) to follow his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), as Elster says he fears for her life. Scottie becomes bewitched by Madeleine, falling in love with her after saving her from a suicide attempt. However, when Scottie's vertigo prevents him saving Madeleine from a second attempt to kill herself, he becomes obsessed with recreating the dead woman's image.

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