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    Unique ID Code: 0000039509
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    Added on: 10/9/2002 00:20
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    Rear Window (Australia)

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    See it! - If your nerves can stand it after PSYCHO!
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 115 mins
    Retail Price: 34.99
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    None of Hitchcock`s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window.

    When professional photographer J.B "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events... Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.

    Special Features:
    Theatrical Trailer

    Directed By:
    Alfred Hitchcock

    Written By:

    Raymond Burr
    Thelma Ritter
    Wendell Corey
    Grace Kelly
    James Stewart

    Soundtrack By:
    Franz Waxman

    Music From:
    Friedrich von Flotow
    Leonard Bernstein

    Director of Photography:
    Robert Burks

    George Tomasini

    Costume Designer:
    Edith Head

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Universal Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    The famous Hitchcock movie is a voyeuristic heaven for everyone who enjoys looking at other people while they`re looking at other people.
    The entire movie was shot in a single stage, which was considered huge back in 1954.
    The story is quite simple - James Stewart, who is confined to a wheelchair due to a leg injury witnesses what seems to be a crime that takes place in an apartment across the yard. Grace Kelly is there as well, as Stewart`s girlfriend. They both give superb performances.
    While the story is intriguing and suspenseful, it`s hardly thrilling, and can mainly be appreciated historically.
    The video transfer is good. There are no compression signs at all. While the movie is not clear of defects (dust particles, mainly), the restoration team has done a superb job in restoring the original color palette, which was lost due the original film`s dreadful condition.
    The DD 2.0 soundtrack is ok. It`s a mono track played through the front speakers, so don`t expect any stereo effects (not to mention surround sound). The dialog is clear and there is no sign of hiss at all.
    The menus are still with music.
    The extras include over an hour of a behind the scenes featurette, which is truly good and informative (especially the part about the restoration process) and a photo gallery.
    Bottom line - a true classic that may appeal to some people, but might bore others a little bit. All in all - the movie is quite enjoyable and it`s presented on a beautiful disk.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 10/9/2002 01:17