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The weather is getting hotter, and photographer L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) is stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and nothing to do--that is, nothing to do but spy on his neighbours 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 neighbour '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 can also be seen as a representation of the emerging medium of television, with Jefferies watching a multitude of 'shows' from the comfort of his own apartment.
Special Features
Rear Window Ethics: Remembering & Restoring A Hitchcock Classic - Making Of
Art Gallery
Trailer Compilation
Theatrical Trailer
Widescreen 1.66:1 Anamorphic
Dolby Digital Mono
Languages - English, German
Subtitles - English SDH, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch
Region 2 & 4 / PAL / Colour
Running Time 109 Minutes
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VERTIGO is Alfred Hitchcock's haunting tale of deception, madness, and death, a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety. The film ranks with REAR WINDOW as one of the director's most closely studied films for its psychological complexity, while the obsession of its protagonist--John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart)--can also be seen to parallel that of Hitchcock's own fascination with the icy-blonde leading lady he recreated at the center of so many of his films. Scottie Ferguson is a retired detective, his career ended by the onset of a paralyzing fear of heights. An old friend, the wealthy Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), whom, he explains, has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers. The assignment draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer and into a complex web of intrigue, mingled with the detective's own fantasies and fears. Stewart gives an exceptional performance as the disintegrating detective, while Novak, who was left largely undirected by Hitchcock, conveys a subtle and powerful psychological journey. Another star of the film is its San Francisco setting. VERTIGO is considered one of Hitchcock's finest and most complex films.

Special Features

* Audio Commentary
* Obsessed With Vertigo - Documentary
* Theatrical Trailers
* Cast & Filmmakers
* Production Notes
* Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Languages In Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
* Languages In Dolby Digital 2.0 - German
* Languages In Dolby Digital Mono - French, Italian, Spanish
* Subtitles - English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish
* Region 2 & 4 / PAL / Colour
* Running Time 124 Minutes
Man Who Knew Too Much
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is Hitchcock's remake of his own 1934 film of the same title. While vacationing in French Morocco, an American family becomes accidentally involved in a series of international incidents after the father overhears an assassination plot. Compared with its 1934 predecessor, this version is lavish, with a larger budget and a much bigger cast. While maintaining Hitchcock's fascination with an average Joe caught up in menacing events, the characters portrayed by Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day put a spin on the story that highlights the 1950s sensibilities that influenced the remake. Ben McKenna (Stewart), an American doctor, and his family stumble into the middle of an assassination plot while vacationing in Marrakech. When his son is kidnapped by the conspirators, McKenna must race against the clock to stop the murder and save his son's life. Stewart, as one might expect, gives a seamless performance as the average man thrown into exceptional circumstances. Day brings levity to the proceedings and performs the only musical number to ever appear in a Hitchcock film: "Que Sera, Sera," which would go on to win an Oscar and become a popular hit.

Special Features

* The Making Of The Man Who Knew Too Much
* Art Gallery
* Trailer Compilation
* Theatrical Trailer
* Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital Mono
* Languages - English, German
* Subtitles - English SDH, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch
* Region 2 & 4 / PAL / Colour
* Running Time 115 Minutes
In terms of psychological power and innovative visual techniques, MARNIE ranks alongside VERTIGO and PSYCHO as one of Alfred Hitchcock's most exceptional films. This thriller, based on a best-selling novel by Wilson Graham, revolves around Marnie (Tippi Hedren), a pathological liar and compulsive thief who is befriended by her latest victim, Mark Rutland (Sean Connery). Despite his sincere love, dashing looks, and wealth, some deep-seated neurosis makes her emotionally inaccessible, causing him to search her past for an explanation. This is Connery's American film debut, and he portrays his character's fascination with Marnie with a conviction that allows the psychological turmoil of the young woman to emerge. Hedren's performance as the deeply conflicted and emotionally scarred woman walks the fine line favored by Hitchcock, balanced between an icy sexuality and emotional fragility. The director wants to show the audience Marnie's world and fears, so he uses a range of innovative visual techniques--including awkward rear projections, flashes of color, and a menacing atmosphere of storms--to convey her troubled state of mind. MARNIE is one of Hitchcock's most underrated and underappreciated films.

Special Features

* The Trouble With Marnie - Making Of
* Production Photographs
* Theatrical Trailer
* Fullscreen 1.33:1
* Dolby Digital Mono
* Languages - English
* Subtitles - English SDH, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
* Region 2 & 4 / PAL / Colour
* Running Time 125 Minutes
The Birds
In THE BIRDS, Alfred Hitchcock's heart-pounding followup to PSYCHO, the director couples a tone of rigorous morality with dark humor to create a thriller that begins as a light comedy and ends as an apocalyptic allegory. Wealthy, reformed party girl Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet shop and decides to follow him to his Bodega Bay home. Bearing a gift of two lovebirds, Melanie quickly strikes up a romance with Mitch while contending with his possessive mother and boarding at his ex-girlfriend's house. One day, during a birthday party for Mitch's younger sister, a flock of birds attacks the children in what seems to be a random incident. In fact, it signals the beginning of a massive avian assault on the residents of the town--a mysterious assault that no one can explain and from which no one might come out alive. Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mother) carries the picture in her first film role ever, embarking on a career as an icy-cool leading lady. Loosely based on a Daphne du Maurier story and a Santa Monica newspaper story, "Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes," THE BIRDS also features groundbreaking special effects.

Special Features

* All About The Birds - Making Of
* Tippi Hedren's Screen Test
* Universal News Reel Stories x 2
* Theatrical Trailer
* Storyboard Sequence: Deleted Scenes (Script pages)
* Alternative Ending (Sketches & Storyboards)
* Production Photographs
* Fullscreen 1.33:1
* Dolby Digital Mono
* Languages - English, German
* Subtitles - English SDH, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
* Region 2 & 4 / PAL / Colour
* Running Time 114 Minutes
Just a mention to Psycho that is also available for £2.99 - but this is the single disc - the 2 disc 45th Anniversary edition is available for £3.49 (but this is £3.43 at The Hut and has been as ridiculously low as £1.99 in the past)
Classic, everyone should see Rear Window. And at this price there is no reason not too. All are First class origins of modern suspense from top notch directors to the best A list stars. Rear Window is the best though. Another gift for me! Thanks. :-D:thumbsup:

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