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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window" )

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USA 1954

Immobilized in his Greenwich Village apartment with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (James Stewart) amuses himself by spying on his neighbors. Inevitably, observation becomes obsession. Jeff imagines that he has uncovered a murder in an apartment across the courtyard.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which opens Friday at Film Forum in a print newly restored to its original Technicolor grandeur, was one of the master’s greatest stunts. Not only is this a thriller without on-screen violence or a visible (human) corpse, but virtually the entire movie unfolds in a single room, albeit facing out on one of the largest, most elaborate sets ever built on Paramount’s back lot.

Steeped in fetishism, concerned with l’amour fou, and structured by dream logic, Vertigo is Hollywood’s surrealist masterpiece; Rear Window showcases another side of Hitchcock’s vulgar modernism. It’s a blatantly conceptual movie, self-reflexively concerned with voyeurism and movie history, the bridge from Soviet montage to Andy Warhol’s vacant stare, as well as a construction founded on the 20th-century idea of the metropolis as spectacle—or, more specifically, on the peculiar mixture of isolation and overstimulation the big city affords. Reveling in the simultaneity of the 8 million stories in the Naked City, Rear Window is the slyly alienated precursor of multiple narratives like Short Cuts or Magnolia.

Excerpt from J. Hoberman's review at theVillage Voice located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 1st, 1954

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Review: Universal - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Distribution Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD
Runtime 1:52:27.365         
Video 1.66:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 95,735,953,207 bytes
Feature: 82,615,007,232 bytes
Video Bitrate: 90.35 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

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

Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1771 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1771 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

DTS Audio Spanish 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio French 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4d

Subtitles English SDH, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Universal

 

1.66:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 95,735,953,207 bytes
Feature: 82,615,007,232 bytes
Video Bitrate: 90.35 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by John Fawell, author of Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film
• Rear Window Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic" documentary (55:10)
• Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes (13:10)

• Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master (25:12)

• Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock (23:31)

•  Hitchcock /Truffaut interview excerpts (16:15)
• Production Photographs
• Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart
• Masters of Cinema (33:39)
• Production Photographs

• Theatrical Trailer
• Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart


4K Ultra HD
Release Date:
September 8th, 2020
Custom 4K Ultra HD Case (see below)

Chapters 17

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

ADDITION: Universal 4K UHD (September 2020): Universal transferred Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window to 4K UHD as part of their The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection which includes Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds - all on separate 4K UHD discs. Four Blu-rays are included. These 4K UHD transfers feature HDR described as "4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience."

These utilize HDR10 not Dolby Vision. Rear Window - has always had contrast-y issues, so I wasn't expecting it to look as strong as Vertigo. It improves over the Blu-ray, and the stars here are the richness of the colors and the grain textures. The rise in detail also had me see things I had not before and the 4K UHD presentation has moments that are easy to identify as notably superior. The majority of the presentation looks flawless.     

These are all triple-layered (100 Gig) discs and the Rear Window 4K UHD is almost triple the bitrate of the last (and included) Blu-ray.  

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

NOTE: 54 more more full resolution (3840 X 2160) 4K UHD captures, in lossless PNG format, for Patrons are available HERE.

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Spartacus (software uniformly simulated HDR), Jaws (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Invisible Man, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie  (software uniformly simulated HDR),, 2004's Van Helsining (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Shallows (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bridge on the River Kwai (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Deer Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Elephant Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Quiet Place (software uniformly simulated HDR), Easy Rider (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz, (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

Universal's 4K UHD offers only the exact same DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) as found on the 2012 Blu-ray (as well as some foreign language DUBs). The underutilized score is by Franz Waxman (Untamed, Rebecca, Dark Passage, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) and includes jazzy elements, there is an excerpt from Leonard Bernstein's 'Fancy Free' for Miss Torso (Georgine Darcy), Waxman's Lisa, Many Dreams Ago (Miss Lonelyhearts - Judith Evelyn), some Paganini and Schubert. It sounds fine, if not an upgrade. There are subtitle options including English SDH, Brazilian Portuguese, French Canadian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish and as with all 4K UHD discs, this Universal package is Region 'Free' (included Blu-rays too!) playable worldwide. 

In the set, the included Blu-rays for Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds are the exact same discs as the 2012 editions - and actually have those VoB / M2TS file dates - see HERE. So Universal's 4K UHD disc has the same supplements as seen on most of the past digital discs and the last Blu-ray (see our review HERE.) The Blu-ray carries over all the extras are sent over from the Masterpiece Collection and CE (Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary -55 minutes - and A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes - 13 minutes), PLUS the wonderful, professional commentary by John Fawell, author of Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film is here. He has a gentle manner and talks on a varied number of aspects of the film, Hitch's techniques and the production. This is very much worth listening to. The additional featurette are likewise excellent. Many give input, from Scorsese to other prominent directors, in the 25 minute piece Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master. It is a lot of justifiable praise for the Mr. Hitchcock and most seem genuinely enthusiastic about discussing his style and and creative output. The Hitchcock /Truffaut interview excerpts from 1962 run 16 minutes and are shot to the backdrop of scenes and stills from the film Rear Window. Hitch kind of gives commentary with translations from French (Truffaut and a female translator). This is very appealing and I wished it could have been the entire interview - and most won't want the French dialogue. Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock is almost 25 minutes and focuses on the manipulation of audio - orchestral bridges and how it melded with the plots.

Rear Window is arguably Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film. It certainly deserves the moniker 'masterpiece' and seeing it in 4K UHD was a treat - it rises above Blu-ray with the color depth a film-like textures. If you have seen the film many times the improvement is notable and appreciated.

This is another disc, like Vertigo 4K UHD, that will make it's way to our Desert Island selection in the next update. The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD package has immense value and we will review the last two titles, Psycho and The Birds, soon.

Gary Tooze

 


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Subtitle Sample - Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD

 

 


1) Universal (2-disc Legacy series) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Universal Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal Pictures - Region 2,4 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Universal (The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FIFTH

6) Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal (2-disc Legacy series) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Universal Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal Pictures - Region 2,4 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Universal (The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FIFTH

6) Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD BOTTOM

 


 

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Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Only available presently in Universals' The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K Ultra HD with Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds.

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD


 


 

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