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Spellbound
     

Spellbound

4.1 10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Jean Acker

 

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Criterion once again shows why they are among the top names in DVD with this superb release of Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. The film is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Hitchcock

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Criterion once again shows why they are among the top names in DVD with this superb release of Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. The film is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Hitchcock expert Marion Keane, a complete 1948 radio play of the story starring Joseph Cotton, a National Public Radio piece on the theremin, a 1973 interview with the film's composer, still photos, a theatrical trailer, and a detailed explanation of the memorable dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali. This is an outstanding disc.

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All Movie Guide
Behind a veil of psychoanalytic babble lies a simple tale of murder in Alfred Hitchcock's popular thriller Spellbound. During the WWII era in which the film was released, it was heralded for its intellectual use of Freudian theories to solve a murder. In retrospect, however, the film reveals psychoanalytic ideas that are simplistic and obsolete to the point of becoming comical. In spite of this, Hitchcock's tremendous ability to create suspense remains a timeless one and the film's thriller elements, combined with a series of outstanding visuals, bring Spellbound within a notch of the director's best works. The psychological elements allowed Hitchcock to be creative visually and he went to the best, hiring artist Salvador Dali to design a series of incredibly eerie dream sequences. Sadly, only a few of Dali's wonderful creations made the final cut while the others were either lost or destroyed. Hitchcock often spoke of one particularly fantastic sequence in which a statue cracked and fell apart, revealing star Ingrid Bergman beneath it. Gregory Peck is a strong male lead playing the protagonist with a confused and cloudy mind, but Bergman steals the show as his love-struck shrink, a woman described by one of her peers as "a human glacier." Spellbound was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Chekhov), but went on to win for Miklos Rozsa's chilling score. Hitchcock's cameo arrives at the film's 38-minute mark, when the director can be seen exiting an elevator.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0715515012621
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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; "A Nightmare Ordered by Telephone," an in-depth, illustrated essay on the Salvador Dali-designed dream sequence by James Bigwood; Excerpts from a 1973 audio interview with composer Miklos Rozsa; Complete 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation starring Joseph Cotton and Alida Valli; The Fishko Files: a WNYC/New York Public Radio piece on the theremin; Essays by noted Hitchcock scholars Leonard Leff (Hitchcock and Selznick) and Lesley Brill (The Hitchcock Romance); Hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and documents chronicling the film's production, including set photos, ads, posters, and publicity material; Theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ingrid Bergman Dr. Constance Peterson
Gregory Peck Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Jean Acker Matron
Rhonda Fleming Mary Carmichael
Leo G. Carroll Dr. Murchison
Donald Curtis Harry
Norman Lloyd Garmes
Regis Toomey Sgt. Gillespie
John Emery Dr. Fleurot
Paul Harvey Dr. Hanish
Steven Geray Dr. Graff
Michael Chekhov Dr. Alex Brulov
Erskine Sanford Dr. Galt
Janette Scott Norma
Wallace Ford Hotel Stranger
Bill Goodwin House Detective
Dave Willock Bellboy
George Meader Railroad Clerk
Matt Moore Policeman
Harry Brown Gateman
Art Baker Lt. Cooley
Clarence Straight Secretary at Police Station
Joel Davis John Ballantine (younger)
Teddy Infuhr Ballantine's Brother
Addison Richards Police Captain
Richard Bartell Ticket Man
Edward Fielding Dr. Edwardes
Irving Bacon Gateman
Victor Kilian Sheriff

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
James Basevi Production Designer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
John Ewing Art Director
Hal Kern Editor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
David O. Selznick Producer
Rex Wimpy Cinematographer
James Wimpy Cinematographer
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture [4:16]
2. Behind Locked Doors [5:19]
3. The New Chief [7:15]
4. Guilt Complex [3:53]
5. "Mogo on the Gogo" [2:53]
6. Breaking Through [6:46]
7. From A.E. to J.B. [7:05]
8. Diagnosis: Murder [5:12]
9. Pittsburgh in Manhattan [5:11]
10. Childhood Recollections [6:09]
11. Two Tickets [6:53]
12. On Honeymoon [5:45]
13. Progress [3:48]
14. White, White! White! [5:06]
15. The Mind vs. the Heart [6:53]
16. "A Lot of Hooey" [4:19]
17. All That We See or Seem... [2:33]
18. Revelations [6:56]
19. Slalom [2:48]
20. A Flood of Memories [3:27]
21. "The Evidence Was Definite" [5:08]
22. The Angry Proprieter [6:54]
23. Final Boarding/Exit Music [3:29]
1. Beautiful, Yet Difficult [4:16]
2. Fragmented Mind/Being Watched [5:19]
3. Authorship/Hitchcockian Lines [7:15]
4. Interpretations/Gripped by Fantasy [3:53]
5. Two Views About Love [2:53]
6. Open to Emotion/Predatory Aspect [6:46]
7. Dislocation/Mystery of Identity [7:05]
8. Keen Powers/Cogent Prediction [5:12]
9. Dramatic Turn/Successful Performance [5:11]
10. A Labyrinth/Logical Interpretation [6:09]
11. Effectively Lost [6:53]
12. New Script/Consummate Actor [5:45]
13. Clean Slate [3:48]
14. Potential for Harm [5:06]
15. Far From Clueless [6:53]
16. Ground Rules for Treatment [4:19]
17. The Other Author [2:33]
18. Repressed Script/Fantasy vs. Reality [6:56]
19. A Menacing Monster [2:48]
20. Interpretations & Denial [3:27]
21. Bad Theraputic Advice [5:08]
22. Confrontation of Authorship [6:54]
23. Masked Resolutions/Ambivalence [3:29]
1. Introduction With William Keighley [2:00]
2. The New Chief of Staff [6:09]
3. "Not Our Dr. Edwardes" [8:32]
4. Diamonds of Lux [1:46]
5. Reliving a Mystery [6:29]
6. A Schizophrenic or a Valentine? [11:16]
7. Dorothy Blair, Universal Publicist [2:24]
8. Gabriel Valley [5:32]
9. Evidence for an Agile Mind [9:00]
10. Curtain Call With Cotton & Valli [6:39]

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Spellbound 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SPELLBOUND is classic Hitchcock: a mystery within a mystery/ the wrong man pursued by police/ outstanding set pieces including Salvador Dali dream sequences/ and forbidden romance. The plot twists and psychological imagery are abundant with unrelenting suspense as the story unfolds.
Lisa_Waters More than 1 year ago
Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck are perfectly cast in this outstanding picture. The acting is superb! The chemistry between Ingrid and Gregory is felt! The story line is wonderful! It is full of passion! Full of romance. I love it. This is my favourite picture of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing psychological thriller. This is Hitchcock at his best. This movie isn't one of his most popular, nevertheless, it is one of my favorites. He uses the help of Salvador Dali to design a dream sequence that will blow you out of the water. This is an artist work that keeps you in suspense. Again, Hitchcock uses his mastery of ultra-realism to keep the audiences attention and desire to find out what happens.
TEAMEDWARD81396 More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of both Ingrid Berman and Gregory Peck for awhile now, which is why I decided to watch this. Naturally, their performances were epic. With a suspenseful plot and Hitchcock directing, this film is a must see.
anselmus More than 1 year ago
This Alfred Hitchcock movie, while watchable, is not in the same class as Notorious, Vertigo, Shadow of a Doubt, Rebecca, Rear Window, or the like. The dubious psychoanalytic plot strand is very threadbare and quite dated. By comparison, the psychological aspect of Vertigo, though equally spurious in its way, is indelible and convincing beyond any consideration of probability. Gregory Peck is uninolving and somewhat wooden as the lead. Even Ingrid Bergman is not as good here as she is in other roles, perhaps because she is miscast as a rather frigid psychoanalyst. Hitchcock's films usually have a humorous side, but this one really seems to take itself seriously, and there is very little of Hitchcock's characteristic jocularity, so evident in The Lady Vanishes, Rear Window, North By Northwest and even in Notorious, to name just a few. Hitchcock's sense of humor is usually pretty obvious, but it seems to grow on one.
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