Cover image for Vertigo
Special ed., anamorphic widescreen.
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2008.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVDs, Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG.
Universal legacy series
Language Note:

In English with optional French or Spanish subtitles.
General Note:
Based on the novel "D'entre les morts" by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

Features: feature commentary with associate producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz; feature commentary with director William Friedkin; foreign censorship ending; The "Vertigo" archives; production notes; original and restoration trailers; Obsessed with "Vertigo" : new life for Hitchcock's masterpiece; Partners in crime : Hitchcock's collaborators; Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts; Alfred Hitchcock presents "The case of Mr. Pelham."

Originally released as a motion picture in 1958.
Police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson succombs to his neuroses after the death of his partner and meeting a look-a-like of his former lover.
Added Uniform Title:
Alfred Hitchcock presents (Television program : 1955-1962) Season 1. Selections.

Vertigo (Motion picture : 1958)


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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.