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One of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest commercial and critical successes, Rear Window is a penetrating examination of one of his favorite themes, voyeurism, while also serving as a crackerjack suspense thriller for those uninterested in its psychological subtexts. Universal Home Entertainment first released Rear Window on DVD in 2001, but in the fall of 2008 they expanded the previous release into a deluxe two-disc edition as part of their "Universal Legacy Series." Rear Window has been given a widescreen transfer to...
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One of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest commercial and critical successes, Rear Window is a penetrating examination of one of his favorite themes, voyeurism, while also serving as a crackerjack suspense thriller for those uninterested in its psychological subtexts. Universal Home Entertainment first released Rear Window on DVD in 2001, but in the fall of 2008 they expanded the previous release into a deluxe two-disc edition as part of their "Universal Legacy Series." Rear Window has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.66:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The source material is the restored version of Rear Window, in which Robert Harris and James C. Katz recreated the original Technicolor look of the picture and repaired damage that had been done to the original negative after years of abuse; while occasional flaws are visible if you're looking for them, this edition looks very good indeed and deftly captures the rich palate of Robert Burks' camerawork. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the reproduction is excellent, allowing the many details of Hitchcock's lively and realistic mix to be heard and appreciated. The dialogue is in English, while this disc also includes an optional sound track dubbed into French, as well as optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Disc one of this set contains the feature film as well as an optional commentary track from author John Fawell, in which he talks about the art and mechanics of Rear Window; a gallery of production photos; notes on the making of the film; a trailer for the picture's 1962 reissue, and another trailer (narrated by James Stewart) for Rear Window and four other Hitchcock title which were reissued as a package in 1983. Disc two includes "Rear Window Ethics," a documentary on the making of the movie; an interview with John Michael Hayes, who wrote the screenplay; "Breaking Barriers," another documentary which focuses on Hitchcock's use of sound; "Pure Cinema," an appreciation of Hitchcock's unique style which also appears on the 2008 special edition DVD of Psycho; audio extracts from Francois Truffaut's 1967 interviews with Hitchcock; and an episode from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series, "Mr. Blanchard's Secret," which was directed by Hitchcock himself and deals with a busybody suburban wife who imagines her neighbor is up to foul play. With the notable exception of the commentary track and "Mr. Blanchard's Secret," most of the bonus material on this new edition of Rear Window was also included on the 2001 DVD release, so fans who already have that disc may not feel the need to replace it. But if you haven't owned Rear Window on DVD before, this version looks and sounds splendid and is likely to remain definitive (at least until it's reissued on Blu-Ray).
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Special Features

Disc 1: ; Feature commentary with John Fawell (author of Hitchcock's rear window: The Well-Made Film); Production photographs; production notes; Theatrical trailer; Re-releases trailer narrated by James Stewart; ; Disc 2:; Rear Window ethics: An original documentary; A conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes; Pure Cinema: Through the eyes of the master; Breaking barriers: The sound of Hitchcock; Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts; Alfred Hitchcock presents "Mr. Blanchard's Secret"
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Among director Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, none is as purely cinematic as Rear Window. Embellishing and enriching a Cornell Woolrich short story about a wheelchair-bound apartment dweller who becomes convinced that one of his neighbors has committed a murder, Hitchcock creates a meditation on voyeurism in which the Peeping Tom hero becomes a stand-in for the audience itself. Jimmy Stewart, in one of his most memorable roles, portrays a photographer with a broken leg who, confined to his apartment, amuses himself by idly spying on his neighbors across the courtyard. Each window he peers into offers a different glimpse of male-female relationships, and each of the characters he observes -- the frisky newlyweds, the love-starved spinster, the middle-aged man locked in a miserable marriage -- become mirrors into his psyche, reflecting the anxiety he feels about his own relationship with an elegant fashion writer Grace Kelly who is pressuring him to get married. Kelly never looked more gorgeous than she does here, and the rest of cast is superb -- Thelma Ritter, as Stewart’s sassy nurse, steals every scene she’s in, while Raymond Burr has an affecting melancholy as the would-be murderer who materializes as the manifestation of Stewart’s inner fears. Brilliant in its use of a single set, Rear Window is the pinnacle of Hollywood entertainment, an ostensibly lighthearted thriller that darkens as it moves toward its almost unbearably suspenseful climax. Extras on the Collector’s Edition DVD include a conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes and a re-release trailer narrated by Jimmy Stewart. The film-to-disc transfer is also from a terrific print: It truly does justice to one of Hitchcock’s most perfect films.
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On the surface a comic thriller about a photographer and the crime he thinks took place across the courtyard, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window 1954 turns into an interrogation of voyeurism and movie-viewing. Keeping the camera in Jeff's apartment except for a couple of shots near the climax, Hitchcock limits the audience's view to what Jeff can see and hear from his immobilized perch. He is free to take in the spectacle of the events in the apartments that he sees, but he is powerless to intervene. Why he looks, however, is the larger question; Hitchcock suggests not just that Jeff is channel-surfing among apartments for idle entertainment but also that the urge to peep is a more universal trait than we might care to acknowledge. What Jeff finds, moreover, becomes a fantasy projection of his own fears about his own relationship with Lisa. Jeff becomes a voyeur to escape, but his gaze is literally and violently turned back on him by the suspected wife-killer in his thriller narrative. Wryly entertaining as well as skillfully executed and thematically complex, the popular Rear Window earned Hitchcock an Oscar nomination for Best Director and inspired such later films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation 1974 and Brian De Palma's Sisters 1973. It was remade in 1998 as a TV movie with Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role. Lucia Bozzola
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On the surface a comic thriller about a photographer and the crime he thinks took place across the courtyard, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) turns into an interrogation of voyeurism and movie-viewing. Keeping the camera in Jeff's apartment (except for a couple of shots near the climax), Hitchcock limits the audience's view to what Jeff can see and hear from his immobilized perch. He is free to take in the spectacle of the events in the apartments that he sees, but he is powerless to intervene. Why he looks, however, is the larger question; Hitchcock suggests not just that Jeff is channel-surfing among apartments for idle entertainment but also that the urge to peep is a more universal trait than we might care to acknowledge. What Jeff finds, moreover, becomes a fantasy projection of his own fears about his own relationship with Lisa. Jeff becomes a voyeur to escape, but his gaze is literally -- and violently -- turned back on him by the suspected wife-killer in his thriller narrative. Wryly entertaining as well as skillfully executed and thematically complex, the popular Rear Window earned Hitchcock an Oscar nomination for Best Director and inspired such later films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) and Brian De Palma's Sisters (1973). It was remade in 1998 as a TV movie with Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role.

On the surface a comic thriller about a photographer and the crime he thinks took place across the courtyard, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) turns into an interrogation of voyeurism and movie-viewing. Keeping the camera in Jeff's apartment (except for a couple of shots near the climax), Hitchcock limits the audience's view to what Jeff can see and hear from his immobilized perch. He is free to take in the spectacle of the events in the apartments that he sees, but he is powerless to intervene. Why he looks, however, is the larger question; Hitchcock suggests not just that Jeff is channel-surfing among apartments for idle entertainment but also that the urge to peep is a more universal trait than we might care to acknowledge. What Jeff finds, moreover, becomes a fantasy projection of his own fears about his own relationship with Lisa. Jeff becomes a voyeur to escape, but his gaze is literally -- and violently -- turned back on him by the suspected wife-killer in his thriller narrative. Wryly entertaining as well as skillfully executed and thematically complex, the popular Rear Window earned Hitchcock an Oscar nomination for Best Director and inspired such later films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) and Brian De Palma's Sisters (1973). It was remade in 1998 as a TV movie with Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • UPC: 025195018258
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart L.B. Jeffries (Jeff)
Grace Kelly Lisa Carol Fremont
Wendell Corey Thomas J. Doyle, detective
Thelma Ritter Stella, the nurse
Raymond Burr Lars Thorwald
Judith Evelyn Miss Lonely Heart
Georgine Darcy Miss Torso, the dancer
Sara Berner Fire Escape Woman
Frank Cady Fire Escape Man
Rand Harper Honeymooner
Jesslyn Fax Miss Hearing Aid
Irene Winston Mrs. Thorwald
Havis Davenport Newlywed
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Songwriter
James Cornell Man
Jerry Antes Dancer
Iphigenie Castiglioni Bird Woman
Marla English Party Girl (uncredited)
Bess Flowers Woman with Poodle
Fred Graham Stunt Detective (uncredited)
Len Hendry Policeman
Harry Landers Young Man
Alan Lee Landlord
Mike Mahoney Policeman
Eddie Parker
Ralph Smiley Carl the Waiter
Anthony Warde Detective
Bennie Bartlett Miss Torso's Friend
Kathryn Grant Party Girl (uncredited)
Dick Simmons
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director, Producer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Herbert Coleman Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rear Window: Feature Film
1. Main Titles [1:33]
2. The Plaster Cocoon [6:52]
3. Stella's Advice [7:08]
4. Lisa [5:47]
5. Meet the Neighbors [5:46]
6. Mismatched Lives [4:47]
7. All Through the Night [4:37]
8. The Watcher [6:26]
9. Something's Wrong [10:34]
10. Doyle Investigates [7:11]
11. Eye On Thorwald [11:32]
12. There's No Case [6:20]
13. Rear Window Ethics [6:20]
14. Message to a Murderer [12:18]
15. Lisa's Risk [7:29]
16. Killer in the Dark [5:39]
17. A Few Changes [1:50]
18. Restoration Credits [1:55]
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Disc #1 -- Rear Window: Feature Film
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      Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
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         Feature Commentary With John Fawell, Author of Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film
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Disc #2 -- Rear Window: Bonus Features
   Bonus Features
      Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
      A Conversation With Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
      Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
      Breaking Barries: The Sound of Hitchcock
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    I LOVE this movie!!!  Even though there was a remake of "Re

    I LOVE this movie!!!  Even though there was a remake of "Rear Window"  years ago, which was excellent too, the original one is still my favorite.  Maybe it lacks the special effects we are used to by now, but the suspense and intensity is there..

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A must see thriller

    This is one of my all time favorite movies. It amazes me that such a captivating movie could be shot entirely from one room. James Stewart plays a photographer (L.B. Jeffries) who for six weeks is confined to a wheelchair and stuck in his one room apartment because of a broken leg. Due to boredom, he starts watching his neighbors whose windows open to the same courtyard. You feel drawn in and that you are watching these people from a window, as well, and he has some amusing nicknames for some of his neighbors. But the movie quickly goes from lighthearted to tense as he suspects a neighbor of murdering his invalid wife. In addition to trying to solve a murder, Jeffries is trying to convince himself to break off his relationship to his too perfect to be true girlfriend, Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly). As wonderful as Stewart and Kelly are in this film, my favorite character is his nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter). She is very direct and has a lot of gritty humor and homespun advise. She also manages to steal every scene she is in.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Rear Window" asks, "is it okay to watch people when they think no one is looking?"

    "Rear Window" is Director Alfred Hitchcock at his best. He doesn't simply present a murder mystery: at the same time that the story has the characters (played by Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly) wondering whether they ought to be spying on their neighbors, the director has the audience wondering whether we ought to be watching the private story on the screen. Despite one scene with poor special effects at the end, the film holds true for those who like a murder mystery that ends with more thoughts to think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Grace Kelly's best performance!

    A capturing movie, if i watch it by myself i still get the chills. <BR/>Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly have their best performances in this thriller. Also my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie.<BR/>Really must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of film history's greatest suspense classics.

    After 52 years, this film still stands the test of time. What hasn't been said about Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, it contains ahead-of-its-time romance, trademark wit, and sophisicated humor. James Stewart, and Grace Kelly have become one of the very best on-screen couples in cinema history. The supporting cast, especially Thelma Ritter, delivers their fantastic amount of amazing screen time. Hitchcock is of course, a legend of film-making. This film was unfairly such out of the Oscar for Best Picture of 1954. This will always be one of my all-time favorites films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite movie

    This is my favorite movie of all time with outstanding actors/actresses and a cool twist at the end - so Alfred Hitchcock. Do not buy updated versions so you are not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellently Suspenseful

    Hitchcock has weaved an intelligent tale of suspense and mystery. One of my favorite movies of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On the passing of its 50th anniversary, we can only imagine the incredible impact this brilliant film will continue to make for future audiences.

    Alfred Hitchcock once commented that his films go from (critical) failures to masterpieces without ever becoming successes. In the case of "Rear Window", this observation wouldn't apply. The film was an immediate critical and box-office success when released in 1954. It is also that rare film that fits into multiple genres (Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir, Black Comedy). Its the perfect Hitchcock film, the one that illustrates nearly all his major strengths. It represents the director at his best for the way it works on many levels, yet conceals it's own complexity. James Stewart is also the perfect Hitchcock character, an ordinary-looking, unpretentious man who becomes enmeshed in extraordinary, nightmarish events. This is one of the continuing motifs in a Hitchcock film and "Rear Window" (like "North By Northwest") is the shining example. Hitchcock knows precisely what he wants. His films were completed in his head and on his storyboards before he ever stepped onto his set. The creativity and brilliance of the film had all taken place before. "Rear Window" has never ceased to amaze and impress. Now past its 50th anniversary, this masterpiece is more revered and admired than ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Good

    Superb acting. Stewart and Kelly give beautiful performances, as does the hilarious Thelma Ritter. One of my absolute favorite Hitchcock films. It keeps you guessing until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES!!!

    I thought that this movie was packed with suspence! It had me guessing until the end! If you want to see a mystery then rent this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite Hitchcock movie

    I loved it the first time I saw it. I've seen it many times since then, and I still think it's the best movie Hitchcock made. The movie holds your attention throughout and never leaves Jimmy Stewart's apartment. He is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, and has nothing to do but watch his neighbors in their apartments. This causes him to become involved in their lives, but from a distance. When the wife of one of the neighbors disappears, the suspense begins! There are no car chases, nothing blows up, and best of all, there is no profanity. And yet you can't wait to see what happens next! There is also humor in the film, especially from Thelma Ritter. It just wouldn't have been as good without her. It was also interesting to watch Grace Kelly's character change through the movie - from skeptical to interested to helping solve the mystery! And she looked gorgeous, too. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to watch a good, clean, and engrossing mystery. It's just the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2002

    Great movie. Edge of your seat viewing.

    This is one GREAT movie. Stay with it and you become wrapped up with in the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fantastic Display of Suspense

    Director Alfred Hitchcock, better known as ¿The Master of Suspense,¿ succeeded once again in creating the classic showpiece, Rear Window. Of his many other films, such as, Psycho, The Birds, and The Man Who Knew Too Much: Rear Window is by far one of his best. Many of Alfred Hitchcock¿s viewers often find themselves sitting in a pool of anticipation on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome. The cast of Rear Window includes Jimmy Stewart, the lovely Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. As the story unfolds, the character¿s identities are revealed. Jimmy Stewart plays a wheelchair-confined photographer, LB ¿Jeff¿ Jeffries, who is trapped inside his apartment day after day with nothing to do but watch his neighbors attentively through the rear window of his apartment. Stella, Jeffries¿ insolent nurse is played by Thelma Ritter. Together they talk about the life of Mr. Jeffries and his gorgeous girlfriend, Lisa Carol Fremont, played by Grace Kelly, whom he does not want to marry. While in the care of Stella, she notices that Jeffries has taken a liking to watching the neighbors with great captivation. As the days pass he is more and more intrigued by the actions taken on by his neighbors ¿the nagging couple, the newlyweds, ¿Ms. Torso,¿ ¿Ms. Lonelyheart,¿ and the strange artist. Both Lisa and Stella believe Mr. Jeffries to be a Peeping Tom and that he should pass the time in his apartment another way. In time, Mr. Jeffries notices peculiar actions happening between the nagging couple. The wife suddenly disappears and Jeffries is lead to make the assumption that her husband, Mr. Thorbird, has killed her and quickly phones his detective friend. The detective finds nothing that would lead to the death or killing of Mrs. Thorbird. But as the plot unfolds, there appears to be more to the story than the detective suggests. Things turn for the worse and Lisa, Stella, and Jeffries do their own detective work on the case of the nagging couple. Lisa and Stella show bravery in taking action on trying to solve the mystery of Mrs. Thorbird¿s disappearance. The theory of Mr. Thorbird killing his wife is to be proved in good time. Alfred Hitchcock¿s Rear Window is a great display of suspense and drama. The movie has its viewers constantly on edge. Hitchcock also never fails to expose the confined Jeffries in his wheelchair and his brilliant work with one main setting captures the very feeling of being right in the movie with the Peeping Toms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Hitch's finest!

    This is the movie to have if you are a huge Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Hitchcock fan. It is an incredible piece of work, and one all three legends greatest! Jimmy and Grace are great as a couple! Too bad they didn't make more movies togther!

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