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Vertigo [DVD Boxset] [Special Edition; Universal Legacy Series]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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."
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61102355

  • Credits
    James Stewart, Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, Marilyn Pauline Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Barbara Geddes Lewis, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick, Paul Bryar, Roland Got, Jack Richardson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...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..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Widely regarded as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film and certainly his most disturbing..."
    USA Today

    "...An unexpectedly personal tale of obsession..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[T]he best movie ever made about romantic obsession..."
    USA Today

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Drenched in suspense and dipped in a dollop of despair, nothing is what it seems..."
    Total Film

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Authentically scary, sexy and disturbing."

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