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Rope (1948)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 202270495
UPC: 025192831126
UPC 14: 00025192831126
Rating: Game Rating Code
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It Begins with a Ends with a Shot!
Two men murder a college friend, hide the body in the house and dare anyone to find it.

"Rope is a complex and dazzlingly unique picture.  Christopher Null,
" interesting, highly theatrical experiment...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
Based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case (from which two other films, COMPULSION and SWOON, were also derived), ROPE both challenges and terrifies the audience. Alfred Hitchcock disdained the whodunit crime story, which he felt lacked emotional force, and ROPE shows the director's preference for letting the audience know more than the characters onscreen. The film opens as two young men (Farley Granger and John Dall) strangle a friend just to prove they're intellectually capable of committing the perfect crime. To add to the amusement, they hide the body in a trunk that will serve as the dinner table for a party honoring the deceased. The film hones in on an hour and a half of the party, with the constantly moving camera capturing the changing emotional atmosphere as the guests grow increasingly concerned about the fate of the missing boy. ROPE is a directorial tour de force, blending complex camera movement with intricate staging to present the entire story in near-real time in one location. Notably, the adaptation of the play by Patrick Hamilton was written by perennial Hitchcock actor Hume Cronyn.


Video Features DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Remastered

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/20/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 81 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1948
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28311
Video UPC UPC: 00025192831126
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Constance Collier
Video Cast Info Farley Granger
Video Cast Info James Stewart
Video Cast Info John Dall
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Video Cast Info Arthur Laurents, et al. - Writer
Video Cast Info David Buttolph - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Sidney Bernstein - Producer
Video Cast Info William H. Ziegler - Editor
Video Cast Info William V. Skall - Cinematographer
Plot Summary
ROPE is a masterfully directed Alfred Hitchcock production about two college students who murder a classmate in a bizarre experiment. This was Hitchcock's first film as an independent producer. The film is based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...One can not understand the truly bold originality of [Hitchcock] without seeing it." 06/03/1984 p.II:19 10 of 10
James Stewart turns in yet another outstanding performance. His scenes with the killers are compelling and believable. The noose tightens as he gets closer to discovering the true nature of his pupils. Philip edges ever closer to hysteria and Brandon appears to be headed towards a narcissistic rage. All these elements come together to form a satisfying and thought-provoking conclusion...In the end, it becomes inconsequential whether the killers are brought to justice or not. It doesn't matter if you win or lose... it's how you play the game. - DVD review 8 of 10
Rope may not be Alfred Hitchcock's finest film, but it is important to his body of work in a number of ways. Made in 1948, it was the Master of Suspense's first movie in color. In addition, the director abandoned his idea of "pure cinema" in favor of a scenario that was shot in continuous takes. - Rod Armstrong

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Stewart,James
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD