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USA 1948

Rope has the distinction of being filmed, (with the exception of a couple of close-ups) in one continuous take. So basically, the whole of the film takes place in real time, within the confines of a New York apartment. To demonstrate their intellectual superiority two university students (Farley Granger and John Dall) commit the `perfect' murder. Their philosophy professor (James Stewart) and others are invited over to their apartment for dinner and... let the games begin. Hitchcock was not fond of Rope with its stage-play banalities. Mainly because it removed one his keynote techniques - editing... and the choreography and staging of the filming process was extensive. Rope is certainly worth a visit for its use of language and Jimmy's role, but many feel it lacked the charm of some of Hitch's surrounding work.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: August 23, 1948 (Canada)

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Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 2,4 - PAL vs. Universal (Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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1) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

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Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2,4 - PAL
Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:33 1:17:27 (4% PAL speedup) 1:20:48.301
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.89 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.58 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,709,860,549 bytes

Feature: 22,142,803,968 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital English, 2.0 Dolby Digital French (Dub), 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish (Dub)

2.0 Dolby Digital English, 2.0 Dolby Digital German (dub)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1774 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1774 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, None English (SDH), Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Rope Unleashed (32:27)
• Production Photographs (7:31)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:26)
• Production Notes (Text Screens)
• Cast & Filmmakers (Text Screens)

DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
Keepcase

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Rope Unleashed (32:27)
• Trailer compilation - Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, Rear Window - narrated by James Stewart (6:14)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:26)
• Art Gallery
 

DVD Release Date: June 20, 2001
Digipack Box

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,709,860,549 bytes

Feature: 22,142,803,968 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Rope Unleashed (32:28 in 480i)
• Production Photographs (7:30)
• Theatrical Trailer (2.26)
• My Scenes

Blu-ray Release Date: October 29th, 2012
Custom Bookstyle case

Chapters 18

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - October 12': Nice. Some grain visible - colors are rich and tight. No manipulations that I can discern. Solid contrast - colors are representative of the late 40's - all good. The audio is lossless - prolific composer David Buttolph (136 film scores!) provides a subtle score suiting the dialogue-driven film. Extras duplicate the previous DVDs with Laurent Bouzereau's 1/2 hour 'Rope Unleashed', some production photographs and posters and a trailer. The Blu-ray disc is 'My Scenes' bookmark-able.

Great addition to the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - nice work, Universal!  

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ON THE DVDs: As with The Man Who Knew Too Much the transfers appear to be identical. The Region 1 is slightly cropped but too little too make a fuss. Surprisingly, the NTSC offers more foreign language DUBs, but the PAL has more subtitle options. The PAL, of course, has the 4% speedup. Extras are again insignificantly different but if any of those factors are important enough, you may make your decision accordingly but as for the rest of us, you may chose the least expensive.

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The DVDs of "Rope" released in France ("La Corde"), Spain ("La Soga"), and Italy ("Nodo Alla Gola") have the following:

audio: English, French, Spanish, and Italian
subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese


Similarly, the DVDs of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" released in France ("L'Homme Qui en Savait Trop"), Spain ("El Hombre Que Sabía Demasiado"), and Italy ("L'Uomo che Sapeva Troppo") also have the same:

audio: English, French, Spanish, and Italian
subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese


Unfortunately the details were collected from foreign DVD retail web sites, and I've not got any accurate details of the audio transfers (i.e. DD1.0 or DD2.0), but they're all likely to be mono.

(Thanks to Davey P of the
Alfred Hitchcock DVD Information Site located HERE)  

 -Gary W Tooze

Universal (The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray Package

 





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1) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Universal (Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Universal (Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Universal (Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (The Hitchcock Collection) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Universal (Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2,4 - PAL
Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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