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Rear Window

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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While watching his neighbors through the windows of the building next door, a wheelchair-bound photographer becomes convinced one of them has been murdered. Is it just his imagination? Or a case of a room with a view ... to die for?
Title: Rear window
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, 2008
Edition: Special ed. Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: disc. 1. commentary with John Fawell; production photographs; theatrical trailer; re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart. Disc 2. Rear window ethics; conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes; Hitchcock/Truffault interview excerpts; Alfred Hitchcock presents "Mr. Blanchard's secret."
Originally released as a motion picture in 1954
Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich
Summary: While watching his neighbors through the windows of the building next door, a wheelchair-bound photographer becomes convinced one of them has been murdered. Is it just his imagination? Or a case of a room with a view ... to die for?
Audience: Rating PG
Additional Contributors: Woolrich, Cornell 1903-1968
Corey, Wendell 1914-1968
Grace 1929-1982
Stewart, James 1908-1997
Hayes, John Michael 1919-2008
Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
Branch Call Number: DVD Suspense R288
Statement of Responsibility: directed by Alfred Hitchcock ; screenplay by John Michael Hayes
Credits: Music score, Franz Waxman.
Performers: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; Region 1; NTSC
Other Language: English or French dialogue; Spanish, English or French subtitles
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Murder Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Murder
Publisher No: 61102353
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May 27, 2014
  • Black_Dog_35 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

if anybody likes this movie i recommend watching midnight lace with doris day and rex harrison. It's very suspenseful!

Mar 19, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the top five of Hitchcock films. Generally, a film audience is a group of voyeurs. The detective in this film (James Stewart) is a voyeur watching the neighboring apartments. So what we have is a group of voyeurs watching a voyeur. All of the shots are taken from inside the voyeur's apartment, except one of the last shots taken towards his apartment. Raymond Burr plays a great evil person in this film. In the future, he will be the good guy for many years as Perry Mason.

Feb 20, 2014
  • auntof3sjb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful movie. My goodness. Grace Kelly is beautiful! No wonder why every guy in Hollywood wanted to work with her! Loved the 2 second Hitchock cameo! Loved the ending too!

Nov 13, 2013
  • ravenheart rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You can't really go wrong with Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. Their performances always seem to be compelling, and stand-up to the test of time. Check out Kelly in another solid Hitchcock film, "Dial M for Murder", if you've never seen it.

Oct 16, 2013
  • downsman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The most recent of Hitchcock's catalogue that I have (belatedly) caught up on. A clever and often very funny movie that takes place in an apartment and the small complex of other apartments that it overlooks. Loved it.

I absolutely love this movie. It is one of my favourite Hitchcocks. If anyone is wondering, I am a teenager. Just because you aren't old doesn't mean you won't like this.

Sep 02, 2013
  • ct7825555 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was one of those movies that really keeps you interested the whole time. There are some movies where you feel like most scenes aren't worth watching but this one kept you interested throughout the movie. In short, yes I would highly recommend it.

Apr 13, 2013
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This whole movie takes place in a single room, and nothing much happens for its first two-thirds except for people talking. So how was I on the edge of my seat the whole time? Because this is Hitchcock, and this movie displays him at the height of his talents.

Jan 27, 2013
  • viguyy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A work of art! A masterpiece! The idea of a well renowned photographer who's passion is being a professional voyeur of sorts capturing images around the world with his camera is now placed in a situation he's not accustomed to. With a broken leg and a heavy cast from the tip of his toes to the top of his hip forces his confinement to a wheelchair during a blistering heat wave. He sits staring out his rear window of his apartment passing the time & slowing being drawn into what he sees through all those open blinds & windows. An extension of his voyeuristic profession, he watches. The beautiful dancer, or "Miss Torso" as he refers to her who dances in her underwear & fends off the many male suitors who she entertains at her apartment across the way. Or miss lonely hearts down on the first floor who dresses in her finest, sets a table for two & pretends she has a gentleman caller for dinner when no one exists. The writer/musician across the way, the woman who lowers her small dog down in a basket to do it's business in the central courtyard that all the apartments rear windows face. When the furry guy is done the pooch jumps right back in the basket & he is raised back up again to his apartment. Then there's the couple he really begins to focus on. An invalid wife & what appears to be a frustrated husband who takes care of her. We are drawn into this film & all of these peoples lives through the perspective of the helpless voyeur, L.B. Jeffries played beautifully by James Stewart. He begins to obsess over the goings-on outside his rear window. He's isolated except for his very elegant model dress designing girl friend Lisa Fremont played perfectly by Grace Kelly. She vies for his wavering affections & attention. And his home-care nurse Stella played smartly by Thelma Ritter who warns him that no good will come from this peeping, "the New York State sentence for a Peeping Tom is six months in the workhouse"! As a viewer we know this 'peeping' is wrong but we begin to love watching right along with Stewart's character. We develop our own little obsession & Hitchock draws us ever more deeply into the suspense. BRILLIANT! But Jeffries can't stop his obsession & after witnessing some very early morning goings on across the way & an apparently missing wife foul play is suspected. He contacts his police detective friend to look into his concerns. He soon draws his girlfriend in who's eager to find a way to connect more deeply with him. He also draws in his nurse & we the viewers are drawn ever more deeply into this delicious world of voyeurism. Hitchcock plays every note to perfection & plays one of the cleverest turns in film on his viewers. After all, aren't movie goers voyeurs peering into the lives of others? With Rear Window Hitchcock plays the twist & delivers a masterpiece.

Dec 18, 2012
  • George Millar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

James Stewart and Grace Kelly ... in a simple little murder mystery that was well paced and worth watching.

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Aug 23, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not much on rear window ethics.

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