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DVD - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A detective with a fear of heights is drawn into a complex plot involving a woman who is apparently being driven to suicide by one of her ancestors.

Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c1999
Edition: Collector's ed
ISBN: 0783226055
Branch Call Number: VERTIGO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 19, 2015
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

this is a masterpiece??!! the ending alone is a laugh out loud travesty. all plot points unresolved. nonsensical in every way.

Mar 04, 2015
  • bigdoug rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was a little disappointed.

Sep 27, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock was a film genius and by the time he made "Vertigo" he had many years experience making films. He had a knack of picking the right cast members. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak are perfectly cast. He is falling love with her, but she seems confused. They meet in lovely San Francisco and the city never looked more beautiful. As usual, Hitchcock keeps us in suspense the entire movie. We don't know how things are going to end, and in fact, I didn't have a clue. You may be sharper than myself but I know you won't disagree about one thing. "Vertigo" is a great movie and we are so lucky that KCLS has it in the catalog for all to enjoy.

May 14, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A longtime Hitchcock favorite of mine, this along with Rear Window and Dial M are recommended viewing for fans of Hitch's work. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak were both spectacular and I love how the suspense bullds and builds till it reaches the conclusion, a pre requisite in these types of genre films.

Mar 04, 2014

The intensity builds so menancingly you may think it cannot deliver. The climactic scene is one of the greatest, and Stewart perfectly plays the man out of his depth and sinking ever so slowly. A entire film course could be based on this one film of Hitchcock's. The photography alone is sumptious, and as for Kim Novak...what a vision.

Sep 23, 2013
  • lindy919 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is completely over-rated. The 1st half is good but the 2nd gets creepy (not in a good way) as his obsession grows. Too many coincidences; too much explaining what happened in matter of fact conversation. And, oh yah..., NOT SUSPENSEFUL

Jun 20, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic 'English' movies (my researched #5), and my favourite mystery film, with Hitchcock at the helm. The BFI voted it #1 this past year but out of 14 other ranked lists I have researched, the highest rankings were a 3 and a 4, with some scores in double digits. This top mystery film is followed by "Chinatown" at #9. _____ As an aside, how can so many of the classic movies on this site end up with an Average Rating of two stars out of five? Why are these individuals assigning stars of 0.5 and 1, given the fact they seldom take the time to provide Comments to support their low ratings? _____ See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

Jun 12, 2013

If you are interested we will be discussing this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club on July 9/13 at 7:00 pm. See you there

Apr 06, 2013

This is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies, along with North by Northwest, The Birds and many others.
When I last watched it, I was much younger and don't remember it being so eerie and quiet. There are many scenes where there is no dialogue and just facial expressions or Bernard Herman's (sp?) fantastic score is telling the story. That's all to the good since the story is also quiet and inside, dealing with emotions and obsession.
Also, this restored version is beautiful and very clean.
If you liked the other movies I mentioned, then I would certainly watch Vertigo.

Finally, I noticed a couple of age notations, but honestly I don't know what the problem would be except for a very young child and I don't think they would stay interested in it for long anyway.

Apr 06, 2013

Vertigo is not that dated. The way Novak obeys Stewart's delusional demands is not that far fetched. The power elite in this country still expect women to follow their delusional orders/laws, like Todd Aiken's views of the magical uterus. Novak's willingness to be treated as an object of Stewart's/Hitchcock's fantasy is not that dated. Beautiful women still like old nutjobs telling them what to do: "Women are biologically unfit to be the boss" (Rashida Jones in Entertainment Weekly 8/10) The Republican plan is for old white men to tell women what they can do with their bodies. The civil rights movement took away a large portion of the fantasy of dominance. For old white men women are all that's left of the dream of control.

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Mar 23, 2015
  • sanfranciscogirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The things that spell San Francisco to me are disappearing fast... I should have liked to have lived here then — color, excitement, power, freedom." -Gavin Elster

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Madeleine (to Scottie, pointing to rings of a cross sectioned sequoia tree, which correlate to years): "Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Scottie: "What's this doohickey?" Midge: "It's a brassiere! You know about those things, you're a big boy now."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Madeleine: "Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Judy: "If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?" Scottie: "Yes. Yes." Judy: "Alright. Alright then, I'll do it. I don't care anymore about me."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Midge (on Scottie's breakdown): "You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all."


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Feb 21, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 21, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Scenes of death and frightening images.


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