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Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series) (1954)

James Stewart , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (708 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CC7PPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with John Fawell (author of "Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film")
  • Production Photographs
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
  • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
  • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents "Mr. Blanchard's Secret"

  • Editorial Reviews

    One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most suspenseful screen achievements, Rear Window, is now available in a new 2-disc Special Edition DVD! When a professional photographer (James Stewart) suspects his neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate the suspicious chain of events. Honored in AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies for excellence in film, Rear Window has also been hailed as “one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylish thrillers” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide). With in-depth bonus features and a digitally remastered picture, this set showcases a cinematic masterpiece that continues to entertain audiences around the world.

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    130 of 134 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rear Window---Newly Restored DVD!!!! February 20, 2001
    The last few years have seen some classic films that have been given back their old lustre via restoration, including such films as, My Fair Lady, Vertigo, Lawrence Of Arabia to name just a few. These films as well as this film have been restored by the restoration mavericks Robert A. Harris, and James Katz.
    I must say after seeing an advance copy of this film that Rear Window looks incredible, especially compared to the Laser Disc copy I have as well as the poor copies that have been showing up on television and VHS over the years.
    The colors are vibrant, in particular the reds which don't give a hint of bleeding into the frame, and the image looks I imagine as close to the original as possible given the fact that this film is almost fifty years old now.
    The aspect ratio is 1.66:1 which is the proper framing for this film, the sound is the original mono soundtrack and has been scrubbed up to remove any audio imperfections that have built up over the years.
    Also included on this disc is a 55 minute documentary titled, Rear Window Ethics:Remembering a Hitchock Classic which is quite enjoyable.
    There is a still frame gallery, a shorter documentary with the screenwriter John Michael Hayes, as well as the standard fare of biographies, filomgraphies etc.
    All in all a quite impressive package and should be of interest to any Hitchcock fan as well as Cinema fans in general.
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    69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate Hitchcock classic October 20, 2001
    The ultimate Hitchcock classic, REAR WINDOW gives us a glimpse into the mind of Alfred Hitchcock, and in turn Hitchcock turns the mirror on us and forces us to admit our darkest be voyeurs.
    That is exactly what Jeffries is. Jeffries (James Stewart) is a wheelchair-bound photographer who spends his time cooped up in his apartment, peeping in on the neighbours across the courtyard. He comes up with "names" for them; Miss Torso the ballerina; Miss Lonely-Hearts; The Newly-Weds and so on. His only contact with the outside world is his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and his wisecracking nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter).
    Unknowlingly witnessing the murder of Mrs Thorwald, he, along with Lisa and Stella, set out to expose the truth about Mr Thorwald (Raymond Burr) and uncover the mystery of her quick disapperance.
    A beautifully-restored print by James Katz and Robert Harris (also responsible for the beautiful new renderings of MY FAIR LADY and VERTIGO), is the highlight of this DVD. The original negative was severely faded and turning green when Universal aqquired the entire Paramount film library. Color-correction and shadow detail are now back to their original state, as is the soundtrack featuring Franz Waxman's sparkling score.
    The ULTIMATE Hitchcock thriller, with more than a touch of romance and comedy.
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    66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Classy Voyeurism Thriller... March 17, 2000
    One of the joys of Alfred Hitchcock films is his ability to take social taboos, present them in an enticing context, throw in major stars we know and love to perform them, and thus make abhorrent behavior seem attractive! 'Vertigo' is the best-known example of this Hitchcock trait ('Psycho' also comes to mind), but 'Rear Window' is the most fun to watch, because of the appealing combination of James Stewart and Grace Kelly!
    Stewart is a photographer, laid-up while recuperating from an accident (cleverly shown through photographs in his studio), who, out of boredom, begins spying on his neighbors. Jimmy Stewart a 'Peeping Tom'? Only Hitchcock could get away with this!
    Of course, Kelly, as his high fashion model girlfriend, and Thelma Ritter (who is fabulous as his nurse), are appalled by Stewart's behavior, but are drawn into voyeurism by Stewart's devotion to it, particularly after he witnesses an apparent murder (committed by Raymond Burr, in one of the most wonderfully EVIL roles of his career!)
    The film takes on a cat-and-mouse intensity, as Stewart attempts to prove Burr's guilt to his skeptical policeman buddy (nicely played by Wendell Corey). To add a touch of sexual foreplay to the proceedings, Kelly models a variety of '50s evening and nightwear, while teasing the injury-constrained Stewart ("Previews of Coming Attractions", she purrs). All this leads up to a fabulous, claustrophobic finale, with camera flashes, and a twist ending that is pure Hitchcock magic!
    The restoration of the film gives the movie a clarity and modern 'feel' that viewers will love!
    Watch this 'new and improved' edition, and see why 'Rear Window' is one of the most popular Hitchcock films!
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    By Sanpete
    Rear Window is considered by many Alfred Hitchcock's best movie. The story suited him well. A man confined to a wheelchair, watching things that may be innocent or murderous, a beautiful woman out of her element, in danger, with gradually building suspense that takes a potentially fatal turn as we watch helplessly with our immobilized protagonist, and a cliffhanger climax. The movie has been analyzed by very smart people looking for much more than that, deeper meanings and allusions, and some of their ideas are true, and some are fun. But it's the basic story elements, sharp dialogue, fine acting and the direction of a master that make it a great movie.

    The immobilized man is "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart), a Life Magazine photographer who's laid up in his New York City apartment with a broken leg. Accustomed to an active life of adventure and world traveling, he's reduced to passing his time using binoculars and a telephoto lens to spy on the small world of neighbors across a small courtyard from his rear window. The beautiful woman is his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), a high society woman whom he is avoiding marrying on the excuse that she isn't cut out for his rambling life of action and danger, and he doesn't want to settle down. As events across the way take a potentially sinister turn, the tables are turned as Lisa shows her grit in risky investigations while Jeff must remain passive. Raymond Burr (of Perry Mason fame) plays the suspect neighbor who may or may not have killed someone. Thelma Ritter is Jeff's house-call nurse who also gets involved.

    Most of the film is presented from Jeff's powerless perspective, giving the suspense an extra edge.
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    Published 2 days ago by Mike Fedor
    5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely great Blue Ray of Rear Window!
    great movie, great presentation. I love the characters, Raymond Burr plays the heavy here, and Grace Kelly is lovely as ever, James Stewary has the main screen time and does it... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new movie!
    Incredible Picture! If you have the old DVD you're missing tons of details. This Blu Ray copy is simply breath-taking, in clarity and sound. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Robert J. Lucieer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 11 days ago by William F Geppert III
    4.0 out of 5 stars The price was great and availability was perfect for my Film class...
    The price was great and availability was perfect for my Film class deadline but just wish I could have watched it full screen without it being choppy.
    Published 13 days ago by Meagan
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT picture
    My all time fav movie! Great video - was nice to download it and watch it on my fire kindle tablet!
    Published 13 days ago by jjforever
    5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Kelly's best Hitchcock film
    Of the three movies Grace Kelly did for Hitchcock this is her best in my opinion. She's absolutely gorgeous and has excellent chemistry with James Stewart, despite their age... Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Tiffy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent film
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    yeah it's out now on the Masterpiece Collection
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