Variety (2001) - Film: U Homevid Hitches Up 'Window'
- article: Film: U Homevid Hitches Up 'Window'
- author(s): Scott Hettrick
- journal: Variety (26/Feb/2001)
- issue: volume 382, issue 2, page 14
- journal ISSN: 0042-2738
- publisher: Variety Publishing Company
- keywords: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV), Alfred Hitchcock, Classic films, DVD recordings, Documentaries, Family Plot (1976), Film & television production, Film (Productions), Film (USA), Film directors, Frenzy (1972), Georgine Darcy, Herbert Coleman, Home Entertainment Distributors, John Michael Hayes, North by Northwest (1959), Peter Bogdanovich, Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), Restoration, Rope (1948), Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), The Birds (1963), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), The Trouble with Harry (1955), Topaz (1969), Torn Curtain (1966), Universal Studios Home Video, Universal Studios, Vertigo (1958), Video
HOLLYWOOD -- The new millennium has been a boon for fans of Alfred Hitchcock movies. Two of the director's pics -- "The Birds" and "North by Northwest" -- were released on DVD in elaborate special editions last year.
This week, 10 additional Hitchcock classics are being released by Universal Studios Home Video, led by the restored version of "Rear Window."
Each of the 10 titles features a newly produced documentary on the making of the movie. The featurette on "Rear Window," for instance, includes comments from Curtis Hanson and Peter Bogdanovich, who talk to viewers about -- and through -- the director's clever and innovative techniques.
Also included on "Rear Window's" dual-layer collector's edition is a conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes, production notes, photographs and posters, two trailers -- one narrated by Stewart for the film's theatrical re-release -- and DVD-ROM access to the original script.
The nearly two-hour movie is presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby Digital two-channel version of the original mono sound.
Hitchcock's daughter Pat, assistant director Herbert Coleman and cast members such as Georgine Darcy are also interviewed. With the exception of the Warner release of "North by Northwest," the rest of the titles from Universal are also available in two sets of eight DVDs.