Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock Starring: Kim Novak James Stewart

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Hailed as hitchcock's ultimate cinematic masterpiece, this tale of obsession, phobia and murder stars stewrt as a troubled detective obsessed with a lost love and her lookalike. Contains: feature commentary with associate producer herbert coleman and restoration team robert A. Harris and james C. Kats and more.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40060493
UPC 025192018329
UPC 14 00025192018329
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2009
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Chicago Sun-Times "...Alfred Hitchcock took universal emotions, like fear, guilt and lust, placed them in ordinary characters, and developed them in images more than in words....A great film..." 10/13/1996 p.5
USA Today "...Widely regarded as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film and certainly his most disturbing..." 03/28/1997 p.3D,"[T]he best movie ever made about romantic obsession..." 09/07/2004 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly "...An unexpectedly personal tale of obsession..." 01/11/2002 p.30
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "Drenched in suspense and dipped in a dollop of despair, nothing is what it seems..." 02/01/2007 p.48
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "Authentically scary, sexy and disturbing." 12/01/2008 p.211
Alfred Hitchcock
Kim Novak
James Stewart
Cast & Crew
Barbara Bel Geddes - Actor
James Stewart - Actor
Kim Novak - Actor
Tom Helmore - Actor
Ellen Corby - Actor
Henry Jones - Actor
i Boileau & Thomas Narcejac - Based On Novel By
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Robert Burks - Director of Photography
Bernard Herrmann - Musical Score
Alfred Hitchcock - Producer
Alec Coppel - Screenplay
Samuel A. Taylor - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1958
Catalog ID 20183
UPC 00025192018329
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1959) Henry Bumstead, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,George Dutton, Nominee, Best Sound
ReviewSource The Greatest Films
Review of Alfred Hitchcock's most powerful, deep, and stunningly beautiful films... a mesmerizing romantic suspense/thriller, an intense psychological study of a desperate, insecure man's twisted psyche...and a masterful study of romantic longing, voyeurism, treachery, female victimization and fatal sexual obsession.
Reviewer Tim Dirks
ReviewRating 9
Keep Case, Collector's Edition, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, DVD, No Longer Produced
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made.
The Motion Picture Guide ...a Hitchcock classic...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...a genuinely great motion picture.

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