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Spellbound [1945] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fremantle Media
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010KG2S8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Psychological thriller from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Psychiatrist Dr Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) is intrigued by the arrival of her new boss, Dr Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Edwardes seems to be suffering from amnesia, and when he faints it transpires that he is in fact an imposter, and may be guilty of murdering the real Dr Edwardes. Constance sets about probing the imposter's psyche in an attempt to discover the truth. Features a famous dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali.

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Alfred Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this thriller in which psychologist Ingrid Bergman tries to solve a murder by unlocking the clues hidden in the mind of amnesiac suspect Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is a bizarre dream sequence seemingly designed by Salvador Dali--complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. Although the film is in black and white, the original release contained one subliminal blood-red frame, appearing when a gun pointed directly at the camera goes off. Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's strangest and most atmospheric films, providing the director with plenty of opportunities to explore what he called "pure cinema"--i.e., the power of pure visual associations. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score (which features the creepy electronic instrument, the theremin) won an Oscar, and the movie was nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Michael Chekhov), cinematography and special visual effects. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This movie is a product of that golden age of incredible plots, talented actors, and visionary directing. A description of the plot may sound somewhat banal, and I doubt if the same movie could be made today and be taken seriously, but this classic is a masterful piece of cinema. When Dr. Edwards (Gregory Peck) arrives at Green Manors Mental Asylum to replace the head man, he quickly falls for the heretofore distant, hyperanalytical Dr. Constance Petersen (played by the incomparable Ingrid Bergman). Constance soon discovers that the man she is falling in love with is not Dr. Edwards at all but is instead an amnesiac who has taken the place of the real Dr. Edwards. Although the impostor is afraid he killed the real doctor, Constance is determined to help him regain his memory. The mystery of Dr. Edward's disappearance quickly leads to a police investigation, but Constance follows her "patient" to the city and eventually takes him to the home of her mentor, striving to prove that the man she loves is not a murderer. The ending, I must say, does not disappoint; it actually exceeded my own expectations.
Bergman is naturally wonderful in her role, and her accent adds a trace of mystery to an already suspenseful story. The portrayal of Dr. Murchison, the previous head of the asylum, is smooth, polished, and quite effective, and the actor portraying Constance's former mentor does a masterful job as a somewhat stereotypical pseudo-Freud blessed with a penchant for making remarks I found quite humorous. While Gregory Peck is also very good, he seems to go a little over the top at times when he is reacting to troubling stimuli. Hitchcock's direction is both innovative and masterful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Wells on 19 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Anyone who has even a passing interest in psychology, and enjoys Alfred Hitchcock, should see this movie. Ingrid Bergman is sensational as the serious minded and unintentionally sexy psychiatrist, Contance Peterson, practicing at a mental institution. Gregory Peck is very convincing as the mysterious and peculiar Dr. Ballantine, who comes to work at the mental health facility. It becomes obvious that Ballantine, who turns out to be as troubled as many of his patients, was involved in a crime. Amnesia prevents him from remembering the details. Dr. Peterson, who falls deeply in love with him, is convinced that he is guiltless. She struggles to put together the puzzle that she believes will prove his innocence.

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Author of Offbeat Love Stories and More
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2009
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This is one of several Hitchcock films which have been released by Fremantle as having been "restored from the original negative and...also...digitally restored for optimum picture and sound quality". The results of the process used are patchy in the other films (Notorious [1946] [DVD] and Paradine Case [DVD] [1947]) resulting in a soundtrack which needs the volume turned up high and a rather 'soft' picture quality, but 'Spellbound' seems to have turned out best.

It's an everyday tale of psychiatrists at work and play in and around the Green Manors Mental Asylum, which is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of the famous Dr Edwards (Gregory Peck), who no one from the institution has ever met or seen before - or have they?

There then follows a love affair with Ingrid Bergman, dramatic handwriting comparisons, escape from the police, drugged milk, Peck wielding a cut-throat razor, gigantic 'prop' hands, Peck skiing down a mountain whilst still wearing his lounge suit, a single frame of colour (red) and the famous Salvador Dali "dream" sequence which is satisfyingly like one of his paintings come to life.

Magnificent fun in a decent print at a very attractive price.
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By Sam Tyler on 16 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
`Spellbound' is best known as one Alfred Hitchcock's trippier films due to its involvement of Salvador Dali and storyline that centred on the brain and subconscious. However, just because Dali managed to design a couple of dream sequences does not mean that Hitchcock's fingerprints are not all over the film, as more than anything else, it is a solid thriller. The new head of psychiatric hospital Dr Edwardes is perhaps not what he seems at first, but this as not stopped the bookish Dr Constance Petersen falling for him. Can she prove his innocence when even Dr Edwardes is convinced that he may be a killer?

Taking the concept of trapped memories may not be a new idea, even in 1940s America, but Hitchcock paints the world of `Spellbound' in the new science of psychology. The medical clinic that houses the start of the film gives the concepts of repression and amnesia more gravitas than in most films that deal with some bloke forgetting something. It is genuinely interesting to discover what role Dr Edwardes played in a murder, if he is truly mad, or merely confused? Gregory Peck is a solid lead, is slightly dry. The same can be said for Ingrid Bergman as Dr Petersen; even though they dress her dowdy she does seem a little glamorous to be the book smart, but street naïve doctor.

What holds the film together is not the eccentric touches of Dali, nor the central performances. It is the story itself that works and keep you watching. As with many of his films Hitchcock spends most of the time allowing the story to breath and only throws in a cinematic trick once in a while. `Spellbound' is perhaps not the best Hitchcock film, but it still a very compelling slice of crime noir.
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