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Vertigo [DVD]

4.4 out of 5 stars 195 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Coleman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFNWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,641 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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Alfred Hitchcock directed some classic films, but Vertigo stands out as his very best in my opinion. This is a film which sets up its own unique style form the very start. Jimmy Stewart plays the part of a retired detective captivated by the beautiful wife of a friend who he has been hired to track and follow. Her aloof yet entrancing behaviour has him spellbound and he is left distraught when she takes her own life, he is deeply shaken and all his much of his charisma and charm is also lost too. His only release comes from an obsession he develops towards another young woman he meets who happens to bare a striking resemblance to his former lover, it couldn’t be the same person though could it?

The film is set in San Francisco and employs a lovely warm colour palette.
The film contains as you’d expect some heavy themes, in one scene our characters gather round a stump of a tree which reveals 1000 years of human history in one tree’s lifetime, human life indeed seem short and fleeting.
Kim Novak gives a brilliant performance as her character is also wrestling with her own unresolved conflicts. Dare she reveal the devastating truth about herself?

The score is delightful and really carries the movie forward, Kim Novak has no dialogue until at least three quarters of an hour has past but the music conveys as much as any words ever could.

Warm rich colours make up San Francisco, lavish details and a strong unique style help make Vertigo visually distinctive to other Hitchcok films. The grey jacket on the icy blond hair and tanned skin of Kim Novak, doesn't quite work, but that's the point, there is something not quite right about her character.
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This film was a real surprise and worth purchasing. Fabulous story wonderfully directed by the enigma Hitchcock. Acting superb as expected and story really gripping. Fabulous city shots and costumes were fabulous.
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Great DVD! Hitchcock and the leasding actors keep the tension stressed until the very last image. Excellent seller.
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Excellent DVD good price many thanks
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classic
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great film
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