Vertigo DVD


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 [show more]

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17 October 2005
Universal Pictures UK 
124 minutes 
Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen 
  • Average Rating for Vertigo [1958] - 4 out of 5

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  • Vertigo [1958]
    michael anthony rutt

    A dark brooding study of nechrophiliac obsession or a hauntingly unforgettable romance which tears at your heartstrings,either way Alfred Hitchcocks"Vertigo" is a masterpiece of American cinema.
    Featuring a tellingly perceptive dual-role performance by ice goddess Kim Novak and at the peak of his dramatic form,James Stewart as the emotionally scarred,acrophobic detective,"Vertigo" is an uniquely,compelling movie.
    Stunningly photographed in and around San Francisco and boasting a gloriosly rhapsodic score by maestro Bernard Hermann,seldom have the total elements of film gelled to such perfection.
    To divulge the storyline would be not only be indiscreet but unforgiveable as this is one of Hitchcocks most intricate and complex studies.
    Now that the original negatives and soundtrack have been lovingly restored and remastered ,the true original beauty of "Vertigo" is here for all to savour.
    I guarantee that once you have watched this wonderful film,you will want to watch it again and again!
    "Vertigo" is an exciting experience,the impact of which will never leave the viewers subconscious mind and is guaranteed to become one of your all time favourite dvds.
    Put this one at the top of your want list and you will never regret the investment!

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Considered by many to be director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest achievement comes this fully restored and remastered version of the haunting film classic. This special release also contains a restoration trailer and revealing documentary footage, a must for collectors. Set in San Francisco, James Stewart portrays and acrophobic detective hired to trail a friend's suicidal wife (Novak). After he successfully rescues her from a leap into the bay, he finds himself becoming obsessed with the beautiful and troubled woman... Actors James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick, Alfred Hitchcock, David Ahdar, Isabel Analla, Jack Ano, Margaret Bacon, John Benson & Margaret BraytonDirector Alfred HitchcockCertificate PGYear 1958Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)Additional Languages French ; Italian ; Spanish ; GermanSubtitles English ; German ; Dutch ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Danish ; FinnishDuration 2 hours and 4 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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