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USA 1958

"Hitchcock's most memorable and haunting film of obsession wrapped in a surrealist plot of desperation and genuine edge-of-seat thrills. This is a film benefits greatly from the most pristine viewing available to help reveal its true grandeur. It is too easy to be swallowed whole by Hitchcock's eerie feel and majestic vision, pounding with Bernard Herrmann's unforgettable score. A tale that mocks our own perceptions of superficiality and inconclusive aspects of love... and why we cannot recreate it."

 

Film students in online schools and online universities study Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo because in a recent poll it was voted the greatest film of all time, replacing Citizen Kane. Great films like Vertigo are always studied at online universities and schools so students can explain why they are great from technical point of view.

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Although it wasn't a box-office success when originally released in 1958, Vertigo has since taken its deserved place as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest, most spellbinding, most deeply personal achievement. James Stewart plays a retired police detective who is hired by an old friend to follow his wife (a superb Kim Novak, in what becomes a double role), whom he suspects of being possessed by the spirit of a dead madwoman. Shot around San Francisco (the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of the Legion of Honor are significant locations) and elsewhere in Northern California (the redwoods, Mission San Juan Batista) in rapturous Technicolor, Vertigo is as lovely as it is haunting.

Excerpt of Jim Emerson's review HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 8th, 1958 - San Francisco

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Review: Universal - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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

  

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Distribution Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD
Runtime 2:08:27.699         
Video 1.85:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 94,306,661,079 bytes
Feature: 85,716,910,080 bytes
Video Bitrate: 79.79 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 3188 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 3188 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 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 -4dB

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

 

1.85:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 94,306,661,079 bytes
Feature: 85,716,910,080 bytes
Video Bitrate: 79.79 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Commentary by William Friedkin

• "Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece", an original American Movie Classic documentary, narrated by Roddy McDowall and featuring new interviews with Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes, Alfred Hitchcock's daughter Patricia Hitchcock, producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and others involved in the movie's production (29:19)

• Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators (54:49)

• Saul Bass: Title Champ
• Edith Head: Dressing the Master's Movies
• Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro

• Alma: The Master's Muse

• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts - In 1962, filmmaker François Truffaut, aided by his translator and associate, Helen G. Scott, spent numerous hours interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for his book, “Hitchcock.” The audio recording of those interviews provides the soundtrack to this montage of film clips and stills, giving audiences a deeper insight into one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces. (14:17)
• Foreign Censorship Ending (2:09)
• The Vertigo Archives (gallery)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:30)
• Restoration Theatrical Trailer (1:23)

• 100 Years of Universal Lew Wasserman Era


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

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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 Vertigo 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."

Vertigo, which I have seen over a dozen times - probably closer to 20 times - looks magnificent via 4K UHD. Midge's apartment, the flower shop, Novak's sweaters, the cars, Scottie's suits, facial detail, the animation in the nightmare sequence, and the film's wonderful pastels and hues look better than I have ever seen. I found it stunningly beautiful. The gem of the The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD set. The image is authentically a bit darker and colors gain an impressive richness (greens are notable.) All I can say is 'Wow'. 

These are all triple-layered (100 Gig) discs and the Vertigo 4K UHD is approaching triple the bitrate of the last 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: 86 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 a robust 7.1 DTS-HD Master track (24-bit) as the default and a second option is a standard DTS dual-mono track similar to the 2012 Blu-ray (as well as including two foreign language DUBs). I can't speak to the authenticity for the original mono as opposed to downmix of the remix (as in Psycho.). I can say that the Foley gunshots in the opening sounds better (deeper - like an echo-ey canon) in the mono than the surround. The 7.1 is kinda cool for many spots of the film but fans have always wanted the original, unfettered, mono. The iconic score is by the incomparable Bernard Herrmann (Blue Denim, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, Cape Fear, The Magnificent Ambersons, Taxi Driver, The Wrong Man, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, Obsession, Hangover Square, etc. etc.) sounding magnificent in the lossless. There are subtitle options including English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish and, as with all 4K UHD discs, this Universal package is Region 'Free' (included Blu-rays too!) playable worldwide. 

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 from the 2012 edition. In the set, the included Blu-rays for Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds are the exact same discs as the 2012 edition - and actually have those VoB / M2TS file dates - see HERE. So no new extras, but there is a ton here anyway from the Friedkin commentary to the excellent Obsessed with Vertigo documentary, and other video pieces as well as the Hitchcock / Truffaut interview excerpts and much more. The 4K UHD includes a leaflet for digital downloads.  

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is an unequivocal masterpiece and seeing it in 4K UHD seems essential for serious cinephiles. The major theme of obsession unfolds in one of the most visually beautiful films ever made.

It's a must-own and will make it's way to our Desert Island selection in the next update. WE will cover the other three films in the 4K UHD set very soon. Stay tuned. 

Gary Tooze

 


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

 

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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

3) Universal (2-disc Legacy series) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal (The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

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

 


1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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

3) Universal (2-disc Legacy series) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal (The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

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

 

 

On the 4K Ultra HD the original color correction has been retained in the opening face (Audrey Lowell? - Ebert with Harris as source - some thought it was Patricia Hitchcock) in the credits, as per the Harris/Katz film restoration (and those Blu-rays going forward). This was not the case on the Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection DVD and Universal (2-disc Legacy series) DVD collections (see above) where her skin appears pink and flesh toned.

 


1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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

3) Universal (2-disc Legacy series) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal (The Masterpiece Collection) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) 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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