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Rope [DVD] [1948] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan, Edith Evanson
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Arthur Laurents, Ben Hecht, Hume Cronyn, Patrick Hamilton
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ECX0O2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,823 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An experimental film masquerading as a standard Hollywood thriller. The plot of Rope is simple and based on a successful stage play: two young men (John Dall and Farley Granger) commit murder, more or less as an intellectual exercise. They hide the body in their large apartment, then throw a dinner party. Will the body be discovered? Director Alfred Hitchcock, fascinated by the possibilities of the long-take style, decided to shoot this story as though it were happening in one long, uninterrupted shot. Since the camera can only hold one 10-minute reel at a time, Hitchcock had to be creative when it came time to change reels, disguising the switches as the camera passed behind someone's back or moved behind a lamp. In later years Hitchcock wrote off the approach as misguided, and Rope may not be one of Hitchcock's top movies, but it's still a nail-biter. They don't call him the Master of Suspense for nothing. James Stewart, as a suspicious professor, marks his first starring role for Hitchcock, a collaboration that would lead to the masterpieces Rear Window and Vertigo. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

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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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 July 2008
Format: DVD
Rope is a superb piece of cinema and a classic Hitchhock Thriller in the same vain as Rear Window. It's one of my favourite Hitchcock films, and one that I feel is sadly missed and often underrated. Based on a stage play of the same name, Rope is inspired by the infamous Loeb & Leopold murder case in 1920s Chicago.

In Rope two rich-kid roommates living in a large apartment in New York murder one of their friends (don't worry this is not a spoiler; it is the opening scene of the film). They then invite the boys parents, girlfriend and one of their teachers for dinner party with the dead body hidden in the room. What follows is a taut thriller and a deadly game of cat and mouse as the kids try to get away with the "perfect crime".

Rope is a triumph; the whole film is set in one space and Hitchcock uses clever camera techniques to give the impression that it is almost one long camera shot from start to finish. The superb acting by James Stewart (Rear Window), Farley Granger (Strangers on a Train) and John Dall bring the story to life and make this an unmissable thriller. Despite rave reviews (it scores 8/10 on IMDB), this is an often overlooked Hitchcock gem.

The DVD version is fairly light on extras and features. The version I have includes the film, with English and foreign language subtitles, plus a short "Making of" programme, a small art gallery and a compilation of original trailers.

Rope is an essential watch and should be in any film buff's collection; regardless of whether you're a big fan of Hitchcock. For £6 you can't go wrong with this DVD.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. I. Macdonald on 8 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
I have a feeling that this Hitchcock is an underated movie. Harly anyone seems to know of it when I mention it but I haven't stopped talking about its brilliance all week! It is an amazing film, filmed in one room, based on a play (which is very obvious because the actors perform in a specific way that would only be linked to a play i.e. standing so that they are all facing the front with no backs facing the audience) which is of course based on the Leopold-Loeb case of 1920's America. James Stewart is as usual comical and quick- thinking, with John Dall and Farley Granger as the two murderous men, who decide to commit the perfect crime by murdering their friend and putting him inside a chest in their front room, then inviting all his friends and family round for tea. Things are going fine but then James Stewart begins to get suspicious... One word - Classic!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 24 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
Two over-privileged young men commit the perfect murder. Their victim's body is hidden in a large trunk. They invite friends round for a small dinner party, amongst them their old tutor, Jimmy Stewart, the man who once claimed that some people have the right to commit murder ... the man who is most likely to expose their crime. They aim to subject themselves to his inquisitorial intrusion ... just to add a bit of spice to the murder. All this we learn, all this we are given. The tension in the film, the drama, lies in whether or not they will be caught ... and, if so, how?
"Rope" is wonderfully transparent in the way the drama is structured ... you can see the clues being put neatly into place, like a master builder placing brick upon brick. There is a famous Chekhov adage that if, in a play, the audience can see a rifle on the wall in Act One, it will have to be used in Act Two. In "Rope", a whole arsenal of weapons is hanging on the wall. You know why they're there, you don't know when they'll make their entrance into the plot.
Hitchcock films this story in what almost appears to be one long, long take ... as if he's just recorded a live stage production. The lack of cinematic sophistication only adds to the tension. It creates a sense of claustrophobia. The actors seem to be left to speak for themselves without the aid of rapid cutting or dramatic close ups. Words and action have to sustain the plot.
The camera work is simple - it follows the action. There is a magnificent scene where the surly maid clears away the dinner dishes. The camera follows her movements, almost intrusively, as she walks on and off the set, slowly removing the dishes. Tension mounts. Surely, she must discover the body next time?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
"Rope" explores a theme that runs through many of Hitchcock's film: is it possible to commit a perfect crime and get away with it? The urbane protagonists here murder a colleague and dump his body in a chest, just before throwing a party in their apartment. And all - apparently - to see if they can simply get away with it.

Through the dialogue and staging, it's easy to spot that this film was based on a play - the long-takes, the density of the dialogue, the assembly of various characters - but that doesn't detract from the atmosphere that builds up as the film unfolds.

Even though this was made in 1948, it still holds up as a piece of urban drama, and James Stewart turns in his usual polished, professional performance, along with the rest of a strong cast.

People may not talk and behave like the characters in Rope in real life - but the film explores the blacker side of humanity in a way that retains its relevance for a modern audience.
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