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Title:
Vertigo
Edition:
Collector's ed.
Publication Information:
Universal City, Calif. : Universal Home Video, c1998.
ISBN:
9780783226057
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD format.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG.
Series:
Alfred Hitchcock collection
Language:
English
Language Note:
Closed captioned. In English with optional Spanish and French subtitles.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1958.

Based on the novel D'entre les morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

Includes restoration trailer, documentary footage, production notes.

Hi fi, stereo, Dolby surround.
Abstract:
Widescreen. Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco police detective is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe case of acrophobia. Ferguson is hired by a rich shipbuilder to follow his wife who is behaving suspiciously and might be planning suicide. He falls in love with her, she is later murdered and Ferguson becomes demonic in his desire to re-create her in another woman.
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Summary

Summary

A story of murder, obsession & a fear of heights.


Summary

Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film's wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie's second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 1996 a new print of Vertigo was released, restoring the original grandeur of the colors and the San Francisco backdrop, as well as digitally enhancing the soundtrack. ~ Dylan Wilcox, Rovi


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James Stewart plays a detective with a fear of heights on an investigation that leads to obsession. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.