Rear Window

Stewart, James

SKU: 025192235542

UPC 025192235542
Release Date 2014-05-06
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 115
Format Color
Synopsis The weather is getting hotter, and photographer L.B. Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) is stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and nothing to do--that is, nothing to do but spy on his neighbors through their open windows across the way in the apartment complex. There's an attractive and scantily clad dancer, a songwriter, a lonely woman, and the Thorwalds (Raymond Burr and Irene Winston), a bickering couple, among others. But when Mrs. Thorwald disappears, Jefferies is sure that something's wrong. Soon, despite the warnings of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and his motherly nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter), Jefferies has out his binoculars and telephoto lens and is studying his neighbor like a bug under glass. However, looking in from the outside might not be as safe as Jefferies assumes. REAR WINDOW is not only a gripping story of murder and suspense, it is a celebrated allegory on the nature of film itself, a story in which the audience watches Jefferies watch the story unfold. The different windows represent the various different stories that are often told on film and also can be seen as representing the coming of television, as Jefferies can watch a multitude of shows from the comfort of his own apartment.Theatrical release: New York, August 1953. Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock can be seen winding a clock in the apartment of the songwriter about 30 minutes into the film. REAR WINDOW was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997. Hitchcock was nominated for the Best Director Oscar but lost out to Elia Kazan for ON THE WATERFRONT REAR WINDOW is number 42 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. Snippets of other music heard in the film include Leonard Bernstein's score for the ballet FANCY FREE and the song Mona Lisa. The film was remade in 1998 as a TV movie starring wheelchair-bound Christopher Reeve.A photographer recovering from a broken leg enlivens his hours of convalescence by taking up voyeurism. Though it's initially Miss Torso, an attractive dancer, who gets his attention, he quickly becomes more fascinated by the Thorwalds, a bickering couple across the yard. When he thinks a murder has taken place, the suspense begins. REAR WINDOW is a true Hitchcock masterpiece....Everything from the masterly opening sequence to the ambiguous final shot indicates that this is the work of a prodigiously talented director... -- 5 out of 5 stars...[New print details] give the movie a sharpness that underscores the whole subtext... -- Rating: A...Kelly is cool and elegant here....REAR WINDOW lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay...With its voyeuristic theme, witty screenplay and romantic star chemistry, the ever-popular James Stewart-Grace Kelly masterpiece may be the most prototypical Alfred Hitchcock movie...Hitchcock was a master of this space, his shots coordinated to the inch....Where VERTIGO sported it deviancy on the surface, the even better REAR WINDOW possesses a more wicked intent: we're all in this horrid game together.
Cast Joseph MacMillan Johnson (Production Designer)
Cornell Woolrich (Story)
Judith Evelyn (Star)
James Stewart (Star)
Georgine Darcy (Star)
Raymond Burr (Star)
Franz Waxman (Composer)
Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
Wendell Corey (Star)
George Tomasini (Editor)
Frank Cady (Star)
John Michael Hayes (Screenwriter)
Grace Kelly (Star)
Robert Burks (Director of Photography)
Hal Pereira (Art Director)
Alfred Hitchcock (Producer)
Thelma Ritter (Star)
Sara Berner (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: 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 Masters of cinema Feature commentary with John Falwell (author of Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film) Production photographs Theatrical trailer Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart Widescreen - 1.66 Audio: DTS - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.30000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Mystery,Suspense/Thriller
Attribute Additional Footage,Director Cast Commentary,Standard Screen
Product Code Movie

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