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Rope (1948)

Joan Chandler , Constance Collier  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Joan Chandler, Constance Collier, John Dall, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y11
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    James Stewart stars with Farley Granger and John Dall in a highly-charged thriller inspired by the real-life Leopold-Loeb murder case. Granger and Dall give riveting performances as two friends who strangle a classmate for intellectual thrills, then proceed to throw a party for the victim's family and friends - with the body stuffed inside the trunk they use for a buffet table. As the killers turn the conversation to committing the "perfect murder", their former teacher (Stewart) becomes increasingly suspicious. Before the night is over, the professor will discover how brutally his students have turned his academic theories into chilling reality in Hitchcock's spellbinding excursion into the macabre.

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    146 of 153 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Classic Finally Given Its Due May 23, 2001
    Format:DVD
    Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, the first film that the Master of Suspense filmed in Technicolor, has languished in largely undeserved mediocrty since its release in 1948. The film didn't do well theatrically in the US, and subsequent versions (VHS) were made from terrible-quality originals. Finally, Universal has seen fit to release on DVD a marvelously restored version of a truly fine film.
    Rope, based on a play of the same name, which was in turn based on a real murder case in 1924, opens with two friends - played by John Dall and Farley Granger - strangling a classmate with a length of rope. The body is then stuffed in a trunk that the two use as a buffet table during an upcoming dinner party - a party partially in their murdered friend's honor.
    As the movie progresses, the friends' professor - played exceedingly well by James Stewart in one of his best-acted roles - eventually begins to suspect the crime. As the two students engage him in a discussion about Nietzschian philosophy, and specifically philosophy of the ubermensch (overman or superman), Stewart's character puts two and two together. The tension is so tight you hold your breath for the last half-hour, wondering if Stewart knows, and if he does, what he's going to do about it - and, more importantly, if he's in danger, too.
    Much has been made of the technical side of the film - Hitch wanted it as close to a stage play as possible, and the entire movie has only nine (well-hidden) breaks - as well as the homosexual overtones, but the real genius in Rope comes from the acting and direction. As opposed to today's "roller-coaster ride" action movies, Rope builds slowly, layering tension upon tension until the viewer just can't wait anymore to find out what happens.
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    42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ROPED IN October 13, 2001
    Format:DVD
    Based on an actual murder case and directed by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, Rope tells the story of two very close, well to do roommates Phillip and Brandon who strangle David, an old school chum, just for kicks. To further increase the exhilaration of their dastardly deed, the duo deem it delicious to desecrate the dead by placing his body into a chest and serving their dinner party guests a banquet on its decorated top. The guests of honor at this most perverse soirée include their former prep school professor Rupert Cadell (James Stewart), the murder victim's parents, his fiancé, and her former boyfriend. This tapestry provides tension for Phillip as he is nervous about being caught and questions abound as to David's whereabouts. Interestingly, Brandon feels smug even justified as he views the act of murder to be relegated to a select superior few.
    Rope explores Nietzsche's concept of the "übermensch" or "superman" in which society's people are divided into two groups. Those who believe in the concepts of right and wrong and behave accordingly are deemed inferior beings and therefore unnecessary. While those who are enlightened enough to realize that one is free to act according to their own volition because there are no such primitive or external constraints on behavior are deemed superior. In this worldview, homicide is justifiable because the intellectually superior are actually bettering society by eliminating the inferior and their drain on its resources. The story comes to a head when Professor Cadell who taught Phillip and Brandon these nihilistic concepts begins to suspect that they practiced what he preached by killing David.
    Rope was shot with eight; 10-minute reels to give the illusion of one seamless, continuous take.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    ROPE is a very experimental-and highly underrated-Hitchcock film. The film (based on the play ROPE'S END and, although loosely, the Leopold-Loeb murder) begins when two young men (John Dall and Farley Granger) murder a college student for fun and because he is a "lesser" man. As a celebration they throw a party inviting the victim's parents, his girlfriend, her ex-boyfriend who Dall would like to put her with, and their old college teacher (James Stewart). ROPE is a highly entertaining and suspenseful film. The experimental angle comes as the film was shot entirely in eight ten-minute takes, (or was that ten eight-minute takes?) giving the impression that it was all one shot. The casting is great, with Dall perfect as the psychotic murderer, Sir Cedric Hardwicke memorable as the victim's father, and Stewart...well, you can't say too many good things about him, though it takes him a while to appear. While not as good as some of Hitchcock's earlier (THE 39 STEPS, REBECCA) or later (VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST) masterpieces, ROPE is very well made film, perfect for fans of Hitchcock, Stewart, or suspense films in general.
    ROPE's final rating: 9 out of 10
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for film inspired by Leopold and Loeb case January 3, 2004
    Format:DVD
    The first film that Hitchcock released through his Transatlantic Pictures company, Rope is an underappreciate minor classic. It's flawed to be sure but this unusual experiment was shot in long takes an unusual approach for Hitchcock. The story was inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder case and their obsession with the superman theories of Nietzsche.
    Philip (Farley Granger)and Brandon (John Dall)have committed the murder of an old classmate for the thrill of it. They invite over mutual friends, the father and mother of the victim and their old prep school master Rupert (Jimmy Stewart)who first introduced them to Nietzche's theories. They drape a table cloth over the trunk where the dead body rests.
    Written by Arthur Laurents and Hume Cronyn from the play Rope's End by Patrick Hamilton, Rope allows Hitchcock to indulge in a number of unusual cinematic experiments. It was Hitchcock's first movie to be shot in color and the entire 80 minute film is shot on one set with the skyline gradually changing. If Hitchcock had gotten his ideal cast the film might have been quite different; originally Hitchcock wanted Carey Grant for the role Stewart player and Montgomery Clift as Brandon.
    The transfer is good although there is some edge enhancement and some analog and compression artifacts (although they aren't a huge problem). The vivid 3 strip Technicolor process comes to life on this DVD. The colors are pretty close to the version I saw screened. I should note, though, that I originally saw Rope at the UCLA Theater Arts Archive in black and white (a color copy wasn't available) on a Movieola and it was a nitrate print so I'm comparing it to versions that were released much later than the original.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great purchase!
    I happen to love this Hitchcock movie, and I'm really happy to be able to view it on Blu-ray! Excellent!
    Published 9 hours ago by D. Moore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Still a work of genius after all these years.
    Besides being a great story that holds your attention from the beginning, Hitchcock has something to say about the power of (bad) ideas and the influence of educators on the young.
    Published 9 days ago by Jeff C
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
    Some people might say it's cheesy or boring, but it's classic Hitchcock. I highly recommend the watch and possible collection.
    Published 16 days ago by Judy Cabito
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Theme, Slightly Over-wrought
    The theme was interesting. The presentation of the theme was a litte over-long and a little over-acted, but it was worth watching.
    Published 21 days ago by James L. Stephens
    5.0 out of 5 stars classic Hitchcock
    Happened to see the movie in last year on tv. Talked about it to others and decided I had to add to my collection. Now I can share it with younger generation.
    Published 1 month ago by Karen A. Miller
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lesser known film; good but not top notch
    Odd, intellectual plot is not that believable. Kind of clunky and forced in fact. Acting was a bit off at times. Not a lot of suspense but Jimmy Stewart's character was solid.
    Published 1 month ago by Richard R. Capuozzo
    4.0 out of 5 stars rope blu ray
    A STRANGE LITTLE MOVIE only a few players all happening in one flat between two homosexuals just killing some guy because they had the urge! Read more
    Published 1 month ago by the CUZ
    3.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Stewart
    This one is mot our favorite Jimmy Stewart Movie. The subject is disturbing and uncomfortable. Its A good Halloween Movie.
    Published 1 month ago by Marianne Stamm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hitchcock Film
    This Hitchcock film is not as well know as many and I had not seen it myself. I have to say I enjoyed this Film as much as his other works. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by John L Beaver
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great expose' of the danger and evil of Nietzschean nihilism and why...
    Jimmy Stewart's character Rupert was a prep school house master who thinks it's cute to suggest a theory of some people being superior to the point of having the right to murder... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by D. Reed
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