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  • Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, German, Dutch
  • Dubbed: German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DD0DBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A classic study in obsession from Alfred Hitchcock. After his fear of heights indirectly causes the death of a colleague, San Francisco cop Scottie (James Stewart) retires. He is subsequently hired by magnate Gavin Elster to follow his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), as Elster says he fears for her life. Scottie becomes bewitched by Madeleine, falling in love with her after saving her from a suicide attempt. Then, when Scottie's vertigo prevents him saving Madeleine from a second attempt to kill herself, he becomes obsessed with recreating the dead woman's image.

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Although it wasn't a box-office success when originally released in 1958, Vertigo has since taken its deserved place as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest, most spellbinding, most deeply personal achievement. In fact, it consistently ranks among the top 10 movies ever made in the once-a-decade Sight & Sound international critics poll, placing at number 4 in the most recent survey. (Universal Pictures' spectacularly gorgeous 1996 restoration and rerelease of this 1958 Paramount production was a tremendous success with the public, too.) James Stewart plays a retired police detective who is hired by an old friend to follow his wife (a superb Kim Novak, in what becomes a double role), whom he suspects of being possessed by the spirit of a dead madwoman. The detective and the disturbed woman fall ("fall" is indeed the operative word) in love and...well, to give away any more of the story would be criminal. Shot around San Francisco (the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of the Legion of Honor are significant locations) and elsewhere in Northern California (the redwoods, Mission San Juan Batista) in rapturous Technicolor, Vertigo is as lovely as it is haunting. --Jim Emerson

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Dave Pattern on 5 Nov. 2008
Despite a new remastered transfer being available (which was used for the 2005 and 2008 US DVD releases), Universal UK have chosen to re-use the same PAL transfer that appeared on the original 2000 UK DVD release.

If you're looking for the best available transfer of this excellent film, then avoid this DVD and buy the latest US release instead from Amazon.com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2011
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John "Scottie" Ferguson is a San Francisco cop who decides to quit the service after his acrophobia results in him being unable to save the life of a colleague. Whilst taking it easy he gets a call from an old school friend, Gavin Elster, asking him if he wouldn't mind doing a little bit of detective work for him. The job is simply to tail his wife because she's obsessed with an ancestress who committed suicide, and the wife, Madeline, is showing signs of herself being suicidal. Ferguson tails her diligently and as the tail progresses, Ferguson himself starts to become ever obsessed about the demur blonde Madeline. As the story twists and turns, Ferguson's obsession will have far reaching consequences for both parties.........

Vertigo is Alfred Hitchcock's most discussed, dissected and critically reappraised film, based on a novel by Pierre Boileau called D'Entre Les Morts, {also writer of Diabolique}, Vertigo was not well liked on its release and unable to be viewed for some time due to copyright, the film was restored from a destroyed negative into a glorious 70mm print, and now in all its glory it can be seen as one of the greatest films to have ever been made. What is most striking about Vertigo, outside of Hitchcock baring his innermost that is, is that its plot on the surface is simplicity personified, but delving deeper, and repeat viewings are a necessity, its apparent that Vertigo is a chilling force of cinema, taking great delight in gnawing away at your perceptions, perhaps even your own capabilities as a human being.

Very much a film of two great halves, Vertigo first seems intent on being an almost ghost story like mystery.
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Hitchock made many movies. Vertigo & Psycho & Rear Window are my 3 favourites. What Vertigo concerns i was waiting for the Blu-Ray reissue and hoped that this beautiful orange cover would be re-used however the final artwork now used i do not like at all ( see also the Rear Window BD reissue who has simular ugly artwork ). But off course it goes withous saying that the movie is what counts so being fear of heights too and fond of James Stewart and Kim Novak this is a true suspense typical Hitchock thriller. You are in the back of your seat all time during the entire movie. Hitchock made bad or lesser movies too, nevertheless he has always got more attention than other directors. Suffice to say if you buy only one Hitchock in your lifetime let it be this one and it kicked Citizen Kane of the throne of best film ever. Nothing bad about Citzen Kane though, however i like Orson Welles's Touch Of Evil more. That was a film far ahead of it's time. And so is this Vertigo.
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What I particularly enjoyed about this film, is that right from the beginning the viewer feels increasingly drawn into the film. As the movie progresses this feeling increases, and there is a sense of unpredictability from the perspective of the viewer. It almost seems as if the viewer is also experiencing "vertigo" by following the chain of events. Hitchcock definitely deserves a round of applause for this movie, as he does well at misleading the viewer and dictating the flow of the movie. If you are a fan of Hitchcock or suspense this is a must see.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Watson on 3 Aug. 2012
That 'Vertigo' is a masterpiece is pretty much undisputed, not least since at the time of writing it has just knocked 'Citizen Kane' off the top spot in the latest critics' poll of greatest films of all time (as reported by Sight and Sound). The two stars I have given this film is no reflection on the quality of the film but on the dreadful quality of the DVD. This is a two disc collection containing many interesting extras but severely marred by the inexcusably poor quality of the transfer which looks horrible. Despite this, on the first disc on the people who restored the film in 1996 talk at length about the challenges of making it look like it did on its theatrical release. Pity the DVD copy of the film could not do the same. What rubs salt in the wound is that the extras on disc two are more recent and include short clips from 'Vertigo' in which the picture suddenly looks fantastic, raising the obvious question of why we were denied this superior transfer. To make matters worse, after I had finished the film I put ITV3 on and 'Vertigo' was on! Even with our dodgy signal and the annoying channel logo superimposed on the picture, the film looked better on Freeview than it does on this DVD.

Like a number of British Hitchcock releases, this really is sloppily done but surely this title will finds its way to a Blu-ray release soon. In the meantime, you would be better off catching it on TV.
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By H. Pritchard-smith on 11 April 2012
Another superb james stewart film. Follows a detective who develops a severe case of vertigo after one of his colleagues falls to his death during a chase. This is only compounded when an old friend asks him to follow his wife, whom subsequently falls to her death from another great height. Wonderfully dramatic, plenty of twists and turns. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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