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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
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
Dial M For Murder

Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock's Rear Window and her Oscar-honoured work in the Country Girl). She loves Cummings; her husband Milland plots her murder. But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer- and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon. Dial "M" for the Master of Suspense at his most stylish.
Cold for me (though I haven't voted)... 15 DVD box set is only £17.99.

May be warmer for others who have some but not all, I guess.
Cold for me (though I haven't voted)... 15 DVD box set is only £17.99.

May be warmer for others who have some but not all, I guess.

to be fair... Dial M For Murder isn't in that boxset.

:whistling: these have all been this price at HMV since May, though. :whistling:

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