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Rebecca (1940)

Laurence Olivier , Joan Fontaine , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K0EG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,016 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
Format:DVD
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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102 of 112 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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22 of 24 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
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Suspense June 14, 2001
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The Best Picture in 1940 and an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's famous novel. It is not at all surprising this movie won two Academy Awards and nine other nominations. Through the masterful direction of Alfred Hitchcock, you will be kept in complete suspense. The newly restored version from the original negatives is presented full-frame and has been digitally mastered for optimum picture and sound. The result is a sumptuous black-and-white film that is better than I have ever seen it before. They do say this movie gets better each time you watch it, and I must agree.

The opening scenes convince you that this is going to be quite a forbidding story. A meandering path overgrown with foliage and a ghostly manor (Manderley) appears out of the Cornwall, England mist. The gothic quality is only the stage for a love story haunted by the memory of Rebecca. While this is mostly filled with suspense and mystery, there are a few moments of humor.

While a young woman (Joan Fontaine) is vacationing in the South of France as a ladies companion, she meets a wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Lawrence Olivier). His wife, Rebecca is said to have died in a boating accident. They fall in love, marry and then he takes her home to Manderley. She is ill prepared for such a position in society and stumbles through her days trying to adapt as best she can.

"Rebecca" is the theme of this movie, yet the heroine is the second rather timid Mrs. de Winter when she rises to the occasion and takes on this ghost who haunts her husband. Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) manages the manor and seeks to keep the first Mrs. de Winter's memory alive in an almost obsessive way. She is cold and has no regard for Maxim's new wife's feelings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book, Love the movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic who must have in your library of DVD's.
Published 1 day ago by Christine Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Timeless classic--can watch it over and over and over!
Published 10 days ago by Shirley J. King
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good movie though
LO seemed old for the 22 year old. It is a good movie though.
Published 13 days ago by Ruth Sackey
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't make 'em like this anymore...
My wife loves this movie! - one of hitchcock's best!
Published 13 days ago by Kevin Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite movie.
As described ... came on time ... favorite movie.
Published 14 days ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars is forever loved by viewers for the past sixty years
Rebecca, starring Laurence Olivier, is forever loved by viewers for the past sixty years. This is one of my favorite movies. Each time I watch it as if its the first time. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Toni Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
RECOMMENDED FAST EASY AS DESCRIBED
Published 27 days ago by BILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD quality and a classic film!
I owned the VHS version, updated with this DVD. The sound and picture quality are fine, and I can recommend this product to all.
Published 1 month ago by Diane C. Lytwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Best of Hitchcock
So, what is the best Alfred Hitchcock movie? Perhaps it is the current favorite Vertigo. You can't beat that movie for lush scenery and music, and it has a terrific plot, albeit an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John B. Farmer
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Having trouble getting new "Rebecca" DVD to play?
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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 www.criterion.com, 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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