Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
- 4.5" x 7' original theatrical poster replica
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful story. Suspenseful and holds you to the last moment.Published 2 days ago by Ann-Marie von Douglas
I haven't watched the blu-Ray disc yet but it arrived in good condition so I assume it will be function just fine. As. Read morePublished 5 days ago by valerie collins
This is one of my favorite movies. I purchased this for my daughter-in-law. I know she loves it.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love the book. And I enjoyed most of the film. The story is very captivating.
Unfortunately, the film's flaw is massive. I loathed Joan Fontaine in this role. Read more
A wonderful telling of the story of Rebecca. Very true to the book.Published 12 days ago by Marcia Elder
Wonderful movie in black and white! Suspense, drama, love at first sight, suspension, blame, guilt but then it all comes together in this 1940 movie. Love it.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|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 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.
Mar 24, 2012 by Elvin Ortiz | See all 2 posts
|Four Pages of BS||Be the first to reply|