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Vertigo [Blu-ray] [1958] [Region Free]

James Stewart , Kim Novak , Alfred Hitchcock    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BEDT96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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Set among San Fransico’s renown landmarks, Vertigo is considered by many to be director Alfred Hichcock’s greatest achievement. James Stewart is brilliant as Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective hired to shadow a friend’s suicidal wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak). After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie’s interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When tragedy strikes and Madeleine dies, Scottie is devastated. But when he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future.

Bonus Features:
  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu ray 13 Nov 2013
A great blu ray of a classics film ,story is evident to all with half an interest in films so will not review the film. Packed with extras Vertigo boasts an impressive 1080p/VC-1 encoded video .The results are terrific -- for the most part -- and there are only a few troubling shots that detract from the overall presentation, Colors are quite striking, fleshtones are lifelike.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock at his absolute best 29 Nov 2002
Vertigo is an amazing, incredibly absorbing motion picture. This is vintage Hitchcock--complex, disturbing, and brilliantly shot. San Francisco has never looked more beautiful than it does in this movie, which features backdrops of the Golden Gate Bridge, a forest of giant sequoias, and other local landmarks. Jimmy Stewart, one of my personal favorites, delivers a dead-on performance, and Kim Novak is wonderful in her dual role (even though I kept wishing Grace Kelly were playing the role). Even some of the bit actors are stars in their own right--"Grandma Walton" plays a hotel manager and "Milburn Drysdale" from The Beverly Hillbillies plays a doctor. In a more important (and somewhat confusing) role, Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie from TV's Dallas) plays Scottie Ferguson's (Stewart's) long-time friend. The music is a perfect fit with the cascading emotions of the story, as Hitchcock understood just how important the musical score is to the overall presentation. The sense of vertigo is conveyed rather well by the camera action, and the psychedelic dream-like sequence was original and intriguingly uncanny. I cannot imagine why this film was not a ringing success with critics and fans alike when it was initially released because it is a model of incredible filmmaking.
I hesitate to even mention the plot because it is incredibly complex and should be experienced by the first-time viewer with no preconceptions and no prior knowledge of the twists and turns involved. It is a pleasure to watch a movie in which the viewer simply must participate on an intellectual level to grasp the evolution of the plot. I believe the plot is hard to figure out, which is a wonderful thing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning DVD 22 Feb 2001
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The film is awesome, one of Hitchcock's best, mesmerisingly watchable and with great performances. However I was amazed by the quality of the DVD, the sound and print are spectacularly good (restored), and the extras almost unparallelled for a film of this age. Well worth the money.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 16 Oct 2002
Format:VHS Tape
In the documentary, 'Obsessed With Vertigo', the restorers of the film say that they are envious of those who are able to watch the restored version of Vertigo without ever having watched the film at all before. Well, I am one of those people and I was awestruck by it.
Every aspect of the film is stunning: the directing, the acting, the sets, the music etc, but in my mind it is the cinematography which stands out. The clarity of colour and the lack of fog to create this dream-like vision of '50s San Franciso added a quality to this film that I can't really put into words. Some credit must go to those who have painstakingly restored this cinematic classic, because if it hadn't been for them I might not have been so struck and impressed with what I was watching.
But, having said that, I can't even comtemplate not being mesmerised by this film. As I said, everything about Vertigo is stunning. It is one of those rare things where everthing flows together seamlessly. Each separate bit of the movie has its own time to shine, its own time to stand up to be noticed. It is the kind of movie that knows where it is going, and is going to hook anyone and everyone into watching it as it slowly weaves and winds its way through towards the end. I love to watch these kind of movies, the kind that rope you in slowly, movies that at times move along at a snail's pace - not having to be concerned with the introduction of action sequences and things blowing up, movies that increase the tension little by little until the climactic crescendo at the end is finally reached.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 3 Oct 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Finally received VERTIGO on Blu Ray from Amazon. I'm not going to review the movie, we all know it's Hitchcock's timeless masterpiece. Just wanted to say the BD looks magnificent. Image and sound are perfect. I can finally enjoy one of my all-time favorites of cinema like a good wine, be carried away by it, be mesmerized by its entrancing atmosphere. The only letdown is the BD cover, I would have loved the original movie poster art. But if you are a VERTIGO fan, never hesitate to buy this. A cinematic treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best film ever - really... 5 Aug 2005
This is a film that can regularly be seen in the list of critic's favourite films of all time and rightly so. I saw this film around fifteen years ago and to date it is the best film I have ever seen (and trust me I've seen a fair few). This film is at it's heart about obsession and anyone who has every felt obsessive love in their life will likely make a connection to this film. It has meant different things to me at different stages of my life, and trust me, I've watched this a fair few times.
First of all, if you like action films, comedy's or any of the mind-numbingly bad "blockbuster" films that have been released in recent years, you will likely not like this film. However, if you prefer character an plot driven movies and also enjoy classic movies, then I would recommend that you definitely watch this.
The film itself is split into two very distinct parts. The first half of the film is a mystery / romance that is really just a setup for the second half of the movie where the real meat of the story lies. It is in the second half of the movie where the real drama is and it is handled superbly by Hitchcock, James Stewart and Kim Novak. You will notice that I'm not giving any details of the actually story itself, this is for good reason, you really need to see it yourself.
There are several things which makes this film really special for me, mainly the emotional turmoil between both James Stewarts and Kim Novak I the last half of the movie. However, there is one aspect of the film which I have always though was quite ingenious. The twist in the story is not revealed at the end of the story, but actually about 2/3rds into the film.
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Published 11 days ago by Ms NA Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars great
If your a afraid of heights don't watch this...Alfred Hitchcock the master once again does a great film...with James Stewart as a fine actor.. a must see even if it's the once.
Published 1 month ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars Vertigo [Blu-ray]
Bought this Blu-ray as a gift for my Dad, who was very pleased with it. The Blu-ray transfer / restoration has been done very well considering it's age (arguably the best blu-ray... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting at its best
A classic from the past. No need to force act, or shout or swear or be crude. A life style of the past but acting as it should be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The German Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good restoration- Westcountryman
I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity of the film, which great pains had obviously been taken to restore it. Well done the Restoration Team.
Published 3 months ago by Westcountryman
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice photography
The three stars of this film are James Stewart, Kim Novak and San Francisco and they are all captured in the most luscious Technicolor photography which the Blu-ray release does... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian S. Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie. Good triller.
This is a Hitchcock classic. Full of mystery and suspense. would recommend this for a raining afternoon with friends .
Published 3 months ago by luisa vilhete
3.0 out of 5 stars NlOT SO GREAT NOW
Dated very badly and only watchable for the gorgeous Kim Novak, so sllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllow with badly dated rear projection and what dialogue there is sppears very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Cooper
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