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Spellbound (The Criterion Collection)
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Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature-or so she thinks. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. A transcendent love story replete with taut excitement and startling imagery, Spellbound is classic Hitchcock, featuring stunning performances, an Academy Award(r)-winning score by Miklos Rozsa, and a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dali.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : September 24, 2002
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Criterion
- ASIN : B00006FMDV
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The main difference in the picture quality is the addition of grain on the Blu-ray; a so-called feature of digital enhancement manipulation that I really do not like.
MGM are not renowned for restoring or re-mastering old films and I expect they just did a straight transfer (with digital enhancement) from a reasonably good source. The Criterion DVD release was a full digital transfer with film and sound restoration.
The blu-ray has Mono DTS-HD Master Audio; the Criterion DVD has Mono Dolby Digital audio. My ears couldn't tell the difference.
The only thing in the Blu-ray's favour is that it is less than half the price of the Criterion DVD. So if you own one of the many inferior DVD releases I would definitely recommend the upgrade.
Also, the extras differ from the Criterion DVD, so my purchase of the Blu-ray was not a total waste of money.
The Criterion Collection Extras:
Spectacular new digital transfer with film and sound restoration, including rare theater entrance and exit music cues by composer Miklos Rozsa
Commentary by Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane
Definitive, illustrated essay on the Salvador Dali dream sequence by James Bigwood
Complete 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaption starring Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli
Essays by noted Hitchcock scholars
Excerpts from 1973 interview with composer Miklos Rozsa
Hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and documents chronicling the film's production
The Fisko Files: A WNYC/New York public radio piece on the Theremin.
The Blu-ray Extras:
Commentary with Author and Film Professor Thomas Schatz & Film Professor Charles Ramirez Berg
Dreaming with Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dalí
Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound
A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming
1948 Radio Play
Hitchcock Audio Interview
Original Theatrical Trailer
If you already own the Criterion Collection DVD, I cannot see the value of upgrading to this Blu-ray. Unless you have a very large screen and/or own a player with inferior up-scaling capabilities.