Frenzy

Frenzy

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt

     
 

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Another excellent deluxe Alfred Hitchcock DVD release from Universal Pictures, this disc will please film buffs, historians, and casual movie fans alike. The widescreen anamorphic transfer looks as great as the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track sounds. The included documentary on the making of the movie discusses the new things Hitchcock was able to do with FrenzySee more details below

Overview

Another excellent deluxe Alfred Hitchcock DVD release from Universal Pictures, this disc will please film buffs, historians, and casual movie fans alike. The widescreen anamorphic transfer looks as great as the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track sounds. The included documentary on the making of the movie discusses the new things Hitchcock was able to do with Frenzy (the recently relaxed censorship code certainly helped) and compares and contrasts these differences with Hitchcock's previous movies. While Frenzy displayed all of Hitchcock's usual technical mastery, it was a sleazier, grittier film than any he had ever made before. As a bonus, the DVD also provides production stills from the making of the picture, as well as Hitchcock's typically witty trailer for Frenzy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate feature Frenzy was not only the master's first British-based production in two decades, but also a return to creepy form after his rocky late '60s period. Mixing black comedy and Hitchcock's most gruesome violence since Psycho, Frenzy's story of a rapist-murderer and the wrong man accused of the crime covers classic Hitchcock territory of violent sexual deviance and the thin line between innocence and guilt. Though the atmosphere is periodically lightened by police inspector Alec McCowen's close encounters with his wife's "gourmet" cuisine, Hitchcock also takes advantage of the loosened strictures on film content to stage a horrific rape and strangulation 15 minutes into the film. This early revelation of the killer only increases the suspense, setting the stage for a macabre struggle in a potato truck between murderer and corpse, and the famous tracking shot that moves away from the killer's door (as he invites his next victim inside), down the apartment house stairs and across the street. Shot in London with a British cast, Frenzy's turn away from Hollywood glamour further emphasizes the horror that lurks beneath bland normality. An international success, Frenzy returned Hitchcock to Hollywood's good graces, but he would complete only one more film before his 1980 death.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2001
UPC:
0025192066122
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

DVD includes production notes, a photo gallery, a theatrical trailer, and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Finch Richard Blaney
Barry Foster Bob Rusk
Barbara Leigh-Hunt Brenda Blaney
Anna Massey Barbara "Babs" Milligan
Alec McCowen Chief Inspector Oxford
Vivien Merchant Mrs. Oxford
Rita Webb Mrs. Rusk
Gerald Sim Man at Bar
Clive Swift Johnny Porter
Elsie Randolph Gladys
George Tovey Mr. Salt
Madge Ryan Mrs. Davison
Billie Whitelaw Hetty Porter
Bernard Cribbins Forsythe
June C. Ellis The Barmaid
John Boxer Sir George
Michael Bates Sgt. Spearman
Bunny May The Barman
Jean Marsh Monica Baning, Brenda's secretary
Jimmy Gardner Hotel Porter
Robert Keegan Hospital Patient
Noel Johnson Man at Bar

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Colin M. Brewer Asst. Director
Brian Burgess Production Manager
Syd Cain Production Designer
Sidney Cain Production Designer
Harry Frampton Makeup
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
John Jympson Editor
Robert Laing Art Director
Bob Laing Art Director
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Anthony Shaffer Screenwriter
Leonard J. South Cinematographer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles. [1:58]
2. Another Necktie Murder. [2:27]
3. Given the Push. [12:15]
4. The Ex. [8:49]
5. His Type of Woman. [10:06]
6. It was Blaney... [5:41]
7. Suddenly Rich. [4:09]
8. The Murderer Upstairs. [6:27]
9. The Porters. [11:06]
10. Bob Helps Out. [7:37]
11. Bagging Babs. [13:40]
12. My Only Alibi. [4:13]
13. Bob's Duty. [5:00]
14. Guilty. [2:42]
15. Under Suspicion. [10:19]
16. Blaney's Escape. [4:39]
17. Caught Without a Tie. [3:43]
18. End Titles. [:42]

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