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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 Frenzy (the recently relaxed censorship code certainly helped) and compares and contrasts these differences with Hitchcock's previous movies. While Frenzy ...
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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 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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • UPC: 025192066122
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Cribbens 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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Menu

Side #1
   Bonus Materials
      The Story Of Frenzy
      Production Photographs
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers
      Recommendations
      DVD Newsletter
   Languages
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "You're my type of woman."

    A marvelous suspense film with a taut screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, "Frenzy" turned out to be Hitchcock's best film in years with a flawless cast of non-stars. The wrong man becomes the chief suspect when his ex-wife is murdered--we've seen this plot before but Hitchcock, the master, keeps the pace spinning with humor and invention. It's a Hitchcockian nightmare in which an innocent man is accused and arrested of a murder he did not commit. It has some of the most unbearably suspenseful scenes since "Psycho", with just the right amount of wry, macabre bits of humor to take a bit off the edge of the horror. Hitchcock's Englishness has always had a powerful grip on him. With "Frenzy", we are nearly back in the days of his great English films--"The Man Who Knew Too Much", "The 39 Steps", "Secret Agent", "Sabotage", "Young and Innocent", "The Lady Vanishes". The aging Hitchcock's accomplishment in "Frenzy" is astonishing, coming after the sub par quality of "Torn Curtain" and the financial failure of "Topaz". This sense of nationality always gave his English work a pungency and a warm swiftness. He was lucky to have drawn on Shaffer to do "Frenzy's" sly screenplay, not to speak of a cast of first-rate, well-equated actors pretty much unknown outside of England, so that audiences have no perceptions about which actors are the stars and therefore unkillable. Maybe going back to England revived something of his technical energy and sharpened his famous cutting edge of his sense of family combat. His superb balance of the ordinary and extraordinary again reminded us of how much he still deserved the name of master, and how well a master could entertain. [filmfactsman]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hitchcock is the film guru

    Frenzy is Hitchcock's lost masterpiece. The film is a return to his work that made him a genius in the art of character and camera creativity. The actors respond to his direction with momentum that cannot be slowed. The film is more intense than Psycho and more fluid than Vertigo. Definetly well worth watching over and over.

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