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Vertigo (1958)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Kim Novak James Stewart
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40060493
UPC: 025192018329
UPC 14: 00025192018329
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

" of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a Hitchcock classic...  The Motion Picture Guide
"...a genuinely great motion picture.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's 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.


Video Features Keep Case, Collector's Edition, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, DVD, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/5/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 128 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1958
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20183
Video UPC UPC: 00025192018329
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
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Barbara Bel Geddes
Video Cast Info James Stewart
Video Cast Info Kim Novak
Video Cast Info Tom Helmore
Video Cast Info Ellen Corby
Video Cast Info Henry Jones
Video Cast Info i Boileau & Thomas Narcejac - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Burks - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bernard Herrmann - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - Producer
Video Cast Info Alec Coppel - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Samuel A. Taylor - Screenplay
Plot 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.


Oscar (1959)
   Video Award Name Henry Bumstead, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name George Dutton, Nominee, Best Sound

Professional Reviews

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

Entertainment Weekly
"...An unexpectedly personal tale of obsession..." 01/11/2002 p.30

USA Today
"[T]he best movie ever made about romantic obsession..." 09/07/2004 p.4D

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

5 stars out of 5 -- "Authentically scary, sexy and disturbing." 12/01/2008 p.211

The Greatest Films 9 of 10 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. - Tim Dirks

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