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Rebecca (1940)

Laurence Olivier , Joan Fontaine , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Daphne Du Maurier, Joan Harrison, Michael Hogan, Philip MacDonald, Robert E. Sherwood
  • Producers: David O. Selznick
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K0EG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rebecca" on IMDb

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  • 4.5" x 7' original theatrical poster replica

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Rebecca is an ageless, timeless adult movie about a woman who marries a widower but fears she lives in the shadow of her predecessor. This was Hitchcock's first American feature, and it garnered the Best Picture statue at the 1941 Academy Awards. I

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182 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And de Winter Is ... July 14, 2000
A sumptuous film version of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic suspense novel. Brilliant direction by Alfred Hitchcock (his first American-made feature), dazzling cinematography by Oscar-winner George Barnes, and splendid art direction by Lyle Wheeler underscore impeccable performances by the entire cast. Laurence Olivier is excellent as the enigmatic Maxim, whose brooding ambivalance masks a dark secret; Joan Fontaine hits all the right notes as the confused and insecure Second Mrs. de Winter; and Judith Anderson (made up very much like Gloria Holden in Universal's "Dracula's Daughter") is chillingly repellant as the malevolent housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. These three Oscar nominees are ably abetted by George Sanders playing Rebecca's cad of a cousin, and Florence Bates as the vitriolic social butterfly Edyth Van Hopper. In what must have been an incredibly close race, this film beat out 20th Century-Fox's landmark "The Grapes of Wrath" for the 1940 Best Picture Oscar.
The Anchor Bay DVD offers a fine video transfer of this classic mystery. The picture is sharp and clear with excellent contrast throughout, and the soundtrack is clean and crisp. Although the package doesn't mention it, the DVD does offer Chapter Search (always a welcome plus). There aren't any bonus materials like theatrical trailers, cast biographies, photo galleries, etc., but this is still a worthy edition of a genuine film classic.
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101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool." August 20, 2004
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Joan Fontaine stars as a miserably shy and awkward lady's companion who meets the sophisticated and recently widowed Maxim de Winter in Monte Carlo. They seem an odd couple, yet after a few short weeks they marry and come home to his imposing English country estate, Manderley. The young bride is overwhelmed with her new, lavish lifestyle and is especially intimidated by the forbidding housekeeper who keeps her first mistress' memory and influence alive. Maxim reveals a terrible secret which forever alters the couple's life, and affects the very existence of Manderley.

This wonderfully atmospheric tale, complete with swirling fog and spooky organ music, will take you away to a world where little Cinderella really does marry the handsome prince and lives in the mysterious castle, but things have a nasty habit of going bump in the night. Joan Fontaine gives a breathtaking performance, convincing us she really is crippled with feelings of inadequacy, despite being a flawless beauty. Judith Anderson is the sneering, contemptuous housekeeper whose devotion to her former mistress turns to madness. Laurence Olivier makes a properly snobbish and mysterious Maxim and manages to be the hero despite a fatal flaw. The title character, Rebecca (the first Mrs. de Winter), is never seen but is a powerful force, as is the imposing house of Manderley. If you like gothic romances filled with 1940's elegance and lots of creepy atmosphere, you'll enjoy Rebecca.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film of a classic book: you must see it. October 2, 2004
Rebecca achieves greatness. Nothing is off in this film. You'll never forget Judith Anderson's sinister portrayal of the obsessed housekeeper, or George Sanders' cold and cynical charm as "Rebecca's favorite cousin." As for Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, they will never be seriously challenged in any remake of this tantalizing and psychologically molten story. It is their film from start to finish, though one fine character actor after another comes and goes with perfect pitch and perfect proportion. The black and white photography has a porcelain gleam to which color could bring nothing. Like Bronte's great novel, Jane Eyre (in which Joan Fontaine also starred), Rebecca is a seminal tale following an old pattern that has been imitated ad infinitum. But nothing can detract from this pure and innocent effort. I first saw Rebecca when I was a little girl, taken by my mother to a small theatre in New Orleans famous for showing foreign films and artistic films, and what an enchantment it was this world of Maxim de Winter and his great house and the crashing sea -- and finely controlled voices with English accents speaking so carefully but with such feeling. I've seen the film a dozen times since, and it has lost none of its silvery luster. There are times when I don't want to do anything except make a cup of hot chocolate and go in and watch Rebecca. Highly recommended. Add it to your collection.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's first American film! July 19, 2000
By Ed N
Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock's first American film, is a classic suspense thriller and his only film to win an oscar for Best Picture. It is a haunting story about a young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a rich widower (Laurence Olivier) and who begins to learn dark secrets about his first wife, Rebecca. I liken the tone of the film to that of Vertigo, which is probably my favorite Hitchcock film. The story has an almost supernatural, gothic feel to it, and one almost expects a ghost to appear. It is a chilling story that works very effectively and is a good demonstration of why Hitchcock is considered one of the greatest suspense-thriller directors ever.
The performances are quite good. Olivier's character is like a caged animal, and one can practically feel his frustration boiling under his cool exterior. Fontaine plays her usual mousy screen persona, which is very effective at portraying the uncertainty and low confidence of the young wife. And the character of the maid....brrr. Very chilling.
Those who have seen this movie before will enjoy the DVD. The transfer is quite good, and the film shows only a few minor signs here or there of its age. The image is a tad bit soft but nothing that distracts in any way from the movie. Sound, of course, is monophonic. My only real complaint about the DVD is that it is quite bare-bones. It is just the movie and nothing else. Still, this movie is a worthy addition to any collection and is a strong testament to how "they used to make 'em."
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5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Love this movie-I always have-it is one of my favorites. the movie came quickly and in good condition. will buy more movies in future.
Published 9 days ago by Shannon McFarlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
This movie is great and I am happy to own it. It is full of suspense and even some humor. A great movie to have some friends over to watch.
Published 11 days ago by trublue4
5.0 out of 5 stars I Dreamed I Went to Manderley Again . . .and It Was a Great Trip!
I love the book and I love the movie. This is an excellent version, with plenty of extras. If you've never seen Rebecca, and you like the gothic romance, you'll like this. Read more
Published 18 days ago by ophtha wahl
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
I just love the 1930's and 1940's movies. I had taped this off of Turner Classic Movies - now I own it.
Published 20 days ago by Doug McCleeary
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're overwraught madam. I've opened a window for you."
Academy award nominations: Director-Alfred Hitchcock, Leading Actress-Joan Fontaine, Leading Actor-Laurence Oliver, Supporting Actress-Judith Anderson, Set Design, Visual Effects,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by March boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca
This is my favorite movie and it deserves more than five stars. I watch this movie over and over. It has a great cast, scenery and great dialogue. One of the best movies made!
Published 1 month ago by rhonda bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca
I enjoy this movie it's a classic awesome movie there is mystery and romance in it one of my old time favorites.
Published 1 month ago by Anna Bocanegra
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Villain in a Film
Mrs. Danvers will go down in history as one of the coldest, spiteful villains of all time. When she whispers in her ear at the window of how easy it would be to commit suicide, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tami Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Hitchcock classic
Love this Blu-ray DVD. Without hesitation, I would recommend this without giving it a second thought. You won't regret it, believe me.
Published 1 month ago by George W. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars a gothic gem
This is one of Hitchcock's best films, his first for Hollywood. While it has his traditional themes of the murder mystery, there is an additional level of psychological realism... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Crawford
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Having trouble getting new "Rebecca" DVD to play?

Thank you for writing this. I was all set to purchase Rebecca until I read this. I'm not going to spend the insande price of $17.99 for a DVD that has a reputation for being warped like this. DVD technology needs to cost a lot less nowadays.
Apr 14, 2010 by Michael Zoran |  See all 2 posts
When are they going to re-release this title?
You could email Criterion (go to, clink on 'contact us' link) and let them know you want them to re-release this title (as, for instance, Criterion have done with 'The Third Man'). Remember, though, that it is invariably a question of rights (either expiring or up for renewal)... Read more
May 13, 2008 by GODFREY H. |  See all 3 posts
No one But Hithcock!
See also the Masterpiece Theater version of it. I bet you will like it, too.
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