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  • Actors: Corey Allen, Jim Backus, Tom Bernard, Virginia Brissac, Marietta Canty
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305558140
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rebel Without a Cause (Single Disc Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Rediscovering a Rebel" behind-the-scenes documentary
  • 3 Documentary TV segments, including "Drive Safely" interview
  • Theatrical trailers for this, plus "East of Eden" and "Giant"

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

In one of moviedom's most influential roles, James Dean is Jim, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens -- and reverberates 40 years later. Before the feature are three Behind-the-Cameras segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV series (including a "safe-driving" interview withdrawn from airing following Dean's September 30, 1955 death) about Rebel Without a Cause. A documentary segment exclusive to this Warner Bros. Classics edition contains recently recovered screen tests and outtakes that show intriguing variations on what ended up in the final film.

Additional Features

The documentary featurette Rediscovering a Rebel provides a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of this milestone film, including a look at the film's early scenes filmed in black and white, before it was decided to start from scratch and shoot the entire film in glorious color. It's here that we briefly see James Dean's character as originally conceived, sporting a brown blazer and wire-rimmed glasses, before it was decided that the "cooler" Jimmy would lose the spectacles and wear a stand-out jacket of fire-engine red. Also of interest are three segments of Warner Bros. Presents, a mid-'50s TV series hosted by Gig Young that showcased Warner productions in progress. Offering a glimpse of the old-school Hollywood promotion machine at its most efficient, these scripted segments are fascinating artifacts of their time. In addition to some interesting behind-the-scenes footage, Natalie Wood makes a charming off-screen ingenue, Jim Backus is a hammy joker, and James Dean (in costume for Giant) sulks in method-school cool while warning the youth of America to drive responsibly. Within weeks of filming that segment, Dean was killed when he lost control of his speeding Porsche Spyder. That supreme irony continues to resonate throughout this highly recommended DVD, proving that Rebel Without a Cause has lost none of its classic vitality. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

Just like in life, a lot of lives can get changed in 24 hours.
David Gray
The current 2-disc special edition has excellent picture and sound and has a good set of extra features, including a commentary, featurettes, and making-of shots.
I think many of today's youth can identify with Dean's character, so making it that much more of a powerful film.
Zack H.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By L. Blaxton on April 1, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a great collection of classic films. I originally bought this mainly for Rebel Without A Cause and A Streetcar Named Desire but I found all the films to be enjoyable.

I only have 2 real complaints about the product. The first is that the discs are dual sided, instead of one per film. I know this isn't earth shattering but it's much easier for the disc to get scratched. TCM could have chipped in the extra $2 or whatever it is so each film would have been on a separate disc.

The other problem I have is the video transfer. Overall the transfers are okay but none look that great. Rebel Without A Cause was a big disappointment as many parts of the frame during scenes are blurred, pigmented, and have colors fading/warping. I understand this is usual for older films but a restoration would have been nice.

In conclusion, if you are a film buff I would recommend this. I got mine elsewhere for only $16, making it only $4 a film so it was a steal. Any classic film buff or James Dean fan will love this set.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2004
Format: DVD
Released soon after James Dean's death, in the same year in which East of Eden also appeared, this film immediately attracted and rewarded great interest and has continued to do so. Part of its appeal is explained by the fact that Dean died instantaneously in a violent car crash, Natalie Wood drowned, Sal Mineo was stabbed to death, and Nick Adams overdosed on prescription drugs. Their premature deaths enrich even more the poignancy of their roles as teenage rebels "without a cause." Actually, much of their behavior is explained by their unhappiness in their dysfunctional families. Jim Stark (Dean) feels smothered by his parents who move from one town to another, hoping that he will finally "find himself." Judy Hopper (Wood) desperately needs love from a father (William Hopper) who is unwilling and/or unable to provide it. Plato (Mineo) seems to have no contact whatsoever with his parents. Meanwhile, Judy eagerly agrees to be gang leader Buzz Gunderson's "trophy girlfriend." After his death, she shifts her attention to Jim. They and Plato briefly become a "family of three," in one scene in an abandoned mansion even pretending (albeit satirically) to be father, mother, and son. (FYI, the set in which this scene was shot is alleged to have appeared earlier in Sunset Boulevard as Norma Desmond's mansion.) All of the film's action occurs within a 24-hour time period, beginning in a police station and ending with police also involved because....

Nicholas Ray directed Rebel Without a Cause and also co-authored the script. Working with an exceptionally talented cast, he succeeded so well with evoking great performances from that cast that Dean, Wood, and Mineo have since become icons for teenage malaise.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on May 8, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a great film that ultimately is about families and their inability to communicate. Just like the more modern tv drama "The O.C." this film shows that behind the clean facade of rich, well-to-do neighbourhoods lies the broken pieces of parents who are unable to relate to their children who in turn end up looking for this missing love and understanding in all the wrong places with violent and destructive effects.

Dean's character is ashamed of his father who in his eyes is hen-pecked and cowardly and he insists upon good answers from his father as to why he is feeling the typical hormone-induced depression that most teenagers go through and when that is not forthcoming, he rebels in an attempt to hurt his parents. Wood's character is similar in that she also has communication problems with her father who is uncomfortable with physical closeness now that his daughter has become an attractive teen perhaps in an over-reaction to his own incestual desires? Confused at his behaviour Wood's character believes her father hates her and so she too rebels in an attempt to hurt him. Mineo's character is the most pitiful and perhaps most deserving of sympathy; his parents are divorced and they truly appear not to care about him at all leaving him alone with a live-in maid as sole companion. This film is truly touching for me as I can personally relate based upon my own experiences growing up with many of the issues portrayed here.

The dvd is also a treat as the bonus features contains a couple of good behind-the-scenes documentaries and except for a few minutes at the start, the picture quality is very good and the sound quality has been remastered very well in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround making this the best old movie picture and sound quality-wise that I've seen on dvd to date.

A very good film and a very good dvd version of it; highly recommended!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Farr on June 26, 2007
Format: DVD
One of the most iconic films of the 1950s, Nicholas Ray's "Rebel" was the movie that cemented James Dean's reputation as the embodiment of the restless, disillusioned teen. Hyped as a story of juvenile delinquency, "Rebel" questions the suffocating complacency and conservatism of mid-century American society with raw force. Fresh from his debut in "East of Eden," Dean is explosive as the brooding, misunderstood Jim, his performance equalling Brando for its moody intensity, while Wood, Mineo, and Jim Backus (as Dean's spineless father) make stellar additions to a superb cast.
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