Vertigo PG

Alfred Hitchcock engulfs you in a whirlpool of terror and tension!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 28, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1958
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Obsessed with Vertigo: New life for Hitchcock's masterpiece
    • Feature commentary with assosiate producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz and other Vertigo participants
    • Foreign censorship ending
    • The Vertigo archives
  • Dual Layer
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 76


User Ratings: 102,235
It's doubtful that Vertigo can take equal rank with the best of the Hitchcock studies -- it has too many holes -- but it assays high in visual confectionary of place, person and celluloid wiles. Full Review
New York Post
Sep 21, 2018
[T]he best movie ever made about romantic obsession...
USA Today
Sep 7, 2004
It's as much a wonder of suspense as it is a catalogue of the director's themes and an allegory for his own art of enticement-and for the erotic pitfalls of his métier. Full Review
New Yorker
Mar 16, 2015
...Widely regarded as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film and certainly his most disturbing...
USA Today
Mar 28, 1997
Rating: 5/5 -- A film totally in thrall to the lure/peril of looking, and filmed almost entirely from the perspective or emotion of the subconscious. Full Review
Patrick Nabarro
Nov 7, 2018
5 stars out of 5 -- Drenched in suspense and dipped in a dollop of despair, nothing is what it seems...
Total Film
Feb 1, 2007
The greatest of all time. Full Review
Boulder Weekly
Jun 24, 2019

Product Description:

VERTIGO is Alfred Hitchcock's haunting tale of deception, madness, and death--a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety. The film ranks with REAR WINDOW as one of the director's most closely studied films for its psychological complexity, while the obsession of its protagonist--John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart)--can also be seen to parallel that of Hitchcock's own fascination with the icy-blonde leading lady he re-created at the center of so many of his films. Ferguson is a retired detective, his career ended by the onset of a paralyzing fear of heights. An old friend, the wealthy Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), whom, he explains, has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers. The assignment, however, draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer and into a complex web of intrigue, mingled with the detective's own fantasies and fears.

Stewart gives an exceptional performance as the disintegrating detective, while Novak, who was left largely undirected by Hitchcock, conveys a subtle and powerful psychological journey. Another star of the film is its San Francisco setting. VERTIGO is considered one of Hitchcock's most complex, finest films.

Plot Synopsis:

A detective tails a cool, glamorous woman around the equally glamorous San Francisco of the 1950s; his fear of heights prevents him from saving her life. Obsessed with the dead woman, he stalks, meets, and manipulates a suspiciously similar-looking, if somewhat lower-class, woman, who inexplicably falls for him even though he demands she change her identity to match his fantasy. VERTIGO is an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, in Technicolor as lurid as its plot. The year 1996 saw the acclaimed rerelease of a restored, remastered version. The film is based on the novel D'ENTRE LES MORTS by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.


Production Notes:

  • Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock appears walking in the street about 10 minutes into the film.
  • VERTIGO is number 61 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • VERTIGO was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
  • VERTIGO, along with REAR WINDOW, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, ROPE, and MR. AND MRS. SMITH, was unavailable for several years. It was rereleased in January 1984.
  • Vera Miles, who also appeared in Hitchcock's THE WRONG MAN and PSYCHO, was originally slated to play the role of Madeleine but had to bow out when she became pregnant just prior to production.
  • Allegedly, Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac wrote their novel in hopes that Hitchcock would purchase it for adaptation.
  • James Katz and Robert Harris led an ambitious $1 million restoration of the film. They created a new preservation negative in 65mm from all the film's original large-format elements. Instead of reduction printing in 35mm, however, they transferred it to 70mm--something done for the first time ever--which has been called Super VistaVision 70. They re-created the movie frame by frame, adding new sound effects, remixing the score, and redoing the title sequence digitally. This restored version was shown at the New York Film Festival October 4 & 5, 1996. It was released theatrically in New York City October 6, 1996.
  • Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE) said about VERTIGO, "I got to thinking that Stewart's character is actually quite a fake. If he had been played by John Malkovich, the whole thing would have been different."

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