Rear Window (Special Edition) (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 7, 2008
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Universal Studios
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
- Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: John Fawell - Author of "Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film"
- Theatrical Trailer
- Re-release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
- Production Notes
- Production Photographs
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||James Stewart & Grace Kelly|
|Performer:||Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Sara Berner, Frank Cady & Georgine Darcy|
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Edited by||George Tomasini|
|Screenwriting by||John Michael Hayes|
|Composition by||Franz Waxman|
|Art Direction by||Hal Pereira|
|Story by||Cornell Woolrich|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Burks|
Rating: 4/4 -- Beneath pointed dialogue, perceptive character development and tense plot twists, the movie plays like a breakpoint in our journey towards complete voyeurism. Full Review
...Everything from the masterly opening sequence to the ambiguous final shot indicates that this is the work of a prodigiously talented director... -- 5 out of 5 stars
Rating: 94/100 -- In this brilliant movie about watching the neighbors, Alfred Hitchcock turns the lens on his audience. "We have become a race of Peeping Toms," notes one character not only commenting on Jeff's obsessive voyeurism but also that of the cinematic spectator. Full Review
It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.
Its appeal, which goes beyond that of other, equally masterly Hitchcock works, remains undiminished. Full Review
New York Times
The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia.
Rating: 4/5 -- As is commonplace in many of Hitchcock's films, there's a wry tension between the seemingly talky, classical Hollywood feel, and their very acute, psychoanalytical wanderings. Full Review
The weather is getting hotter, and photographer L.B. Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) is stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and nothing to do--that is, nothing to do but spy on his neighbors through their open windows across the way in the apartment complex. There's an attractive and scantily clad dancer, a songwriter, a lonely woman, and the Thorwalds (Raymond Burr and Irene Winston), a bickering couple, among others. But when Mrs. Thorwald disappears, Jefferies is sure that something's wrong. Soon, despite the warnings of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and his motherly nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter), Jefferies has out his binoculars and telephoto lens and is studying his neighbor "like a bug under glass." However, looking in from the outside might not be as safe as Jefferies assumes. REAR WINDOW is not only a gripping story of murder and suspense, it is a celebrated allegory on the nature of film itself, a story in which the audience watches Jefferies watch the story unfold. The different windows represent the various different stories that are often told on film and also can be seen as representing the coming of television, as Jefferies can watch a multitude of "shows" from the comfort of his own apartment.
A photographer recovering from a broken leg enlivens his hours of convalescence by taking up voyeurism. Though it's initially Miss Torso, an attractive dancer, who gets his attention, he quickly becomes more fascinated by the Thorwalds, a bickering couple across the yard. When he thinks a murder has taken place, the suspense begins. REAR WINDOW is a true Hitchcock masterpiece.
Classic | Mystery | Psychodrama | Suspense | Thriller | Murder | Recommended | Physically Impaired | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: New York, August 1953.
- Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock can be seen winding a clock in the apartment of the songwriter about 30 minutes into the film.
- REAR WINDOW was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
- Hitchcock was nominated for the Best Director Oscar but lost out to Elia Kazan for ON THE WATERFRONT
- REAR WINDOW is number 42 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- Snippets of other music heard in the film include Leonard Bernstein's score for the ballet FANCY FREE and the song "Mona Lisa."
- The film was remade in 1998 as a TV movie starring wheelchair-bound Christopher Reeve.
- Sales Rank: 6,644
- UPC: 025195018258
- Shipping Weight: 0.45/lbs (approx)
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