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Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series)
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This taut suspense thriller revolves around a wheelchair-bound newspaper photographer who is trying to solve a murder he witnessed while gazing out his rear window. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 10/07/2008 Starring: James Stewart Thelma Ritter Run time: 115 minutes Rating: Pg

Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window is both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbors. Cheerful voyeurism, as well as the behavior glimpsed among the various tenants, affords a droll comic atmosphere that gradually darkens when he sees clues to what may be a murder.

Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is, in fact, a voyeur by trade, a professional photographer sidelined by an accident while on assignment. His immersion in the human drama (and comedy) visible from his window is a by-product of boredom, underlined by the disapproval of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and a wisecracking visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter). Yet when the invalid wife of Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) disappears, Jeff enlists the two women to help him to determine whether she's really left town, as Thorwald insists, or been murdered.

Hitchcock scholar Donald Spoto convincingly argues that the crime at the center of this mystery is the MacGuffin--a mere pretext--in a film that's more interested in the implications of Jeff's sentinel perspective. We actually learn more about the lives of the other neighbors (given generic names by Jeff, even as he's drawn into their lives) he, and we, watch undetected than we do the putative murderer and his victim. Jeff's evident fear of intimacy and commitment with the elegant, adoring Lisa provides the other vital thread to the script, one woven not only into the couple's own relationship, but reflected and even commented upon through the various neighbors' lives.

At minimum, Hitchcock's skill at making us accomplices to Jeff's spying, coupled with an ingenious escalation of suspense as the teasingly vague evidence coalesces into ominous proof, deliver a superb thriller spiked with droll humor, right up to its nail-biting, nightmarish climax. At deeper levels, however, Rear Window plumbs issues of moral responsibility and emotional honesty, while offering further proof (were any needed) of the director's brilliance as a visual storyteller. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews:

  • Best Hitchcock film ever!
    How can anyone not like Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly? There should be absolutely zero thats who!! I recently bought it on DVD and have never stopped watching it since. Everything is so perfect, the cast, the story, the direction, even the cinematography is striking. James Stewart as the protagonist L.B. Jefferies and Grace Kelly as his love interest Lisa Fremont were excellent together throughout the film along with the supporting characters. The story was a clever fresh execution displaying the whole mystery that needed to be solved from an apartment window. The movie is a film that should be watched while your laying down with your feet propped up at night when you have nothing else to do in that busy schedule. I have seen just about every Hitchcock film out there that were all very good, but my favorite is still Rear Window. Simply Amazing! ...more info
  • Brutally...Boring!!!!
    Alfred Hitchcock made approximately zero good movies in his life except maybe The Birds, which I liked a lot. But most of his movies, including and especially Rear Window are just two hours of people sitting around talking about suspenseful things. I know because they're old these movies are supposed to be so great, but you can't tell me that Rear Window is as exciting as a movie like Disturbia!!! I guess you can tell me that, but I don't plan to listen to you.

    Here's what happens in Rear Window:

    No, I didn't make a mistake in that paragraph. I was proving a point that nothing happens (by leaving a lot of blank space after the colon). It's a movie about Jimmy Stewart sitting in a wheelchair and watching real action happen through binoculars. Guess what, Alfred Hitchcock? Maybe it would have been a better movie if we had been watching whatever was going on in that other building and not wasted our time watching the guy who was watching all the cool stuff go down!

    That would be like if Steven Spielberg decided to make E.T. a story about a scientist in a lab coat who does nothing for 2 hours and then at the end he gets to poke and prod a little alien fella for about a second. Hey, Steven Spielberg: thanks for not making that movie!!!

    Anyway, Rear Window is not recommended for the young or the young at heart, but maybe for the young at brain....more info
  • a gift is a gift
    I bought this as a gift for a friend that has Rear Window as one of their favorite movies of all time to watch...more info
  • Can something be an overrated classic?
    Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

    Few directors did it as well, and as consistently, as Alfred Hitchcock. And while I often wonder what it is the critics are thinking when they rank Hitchcock's films (Vertigo is better than North by Northwest? On what planet?), I have to admit that they've mostly got it right with Rear Window, which is a masterpiece of casting. It's a masterpiece of direction, too, but then it's a Hitchcock movie. You expect that.

    John Michael Hayes' adaptation of a story by the now mostly-obscure Cornell Woolrich (and his current obscurity is more of a crime than anything he ever wrote about) is brought to life by the casting of Jimmy Stewart as L. B. Jeffries, the film's main character. How much thought went into that choice? Actually, probably not much, given that in hindsight it makes such perfect sense. You're taking an actor who's well-known for being a good old-fashioned down-homey kind of guy and playing on that typecasting. You even give him a down-homey kind of hobby; he's bored, so he grabs his binoculars and starts spying on his neighbors. That's the kind of thing you expect eighty-year-old ladies to do. Where's the harm? I'm not sure any other actor could have brought that kind of baggage to the table but Jimmy Stewart. I mean, that's inspired casting, that is. And at heart, all the stupidity that follows is Jimmy Stewart trying to do the right thing. Doesn't he always?

    In fact, it's hard to think of Rear Window as noir, really. It's all just good, clean fun, with death and mayhem. (And really, how many of Jimmy Stewart's movies would have been spiced up by a little death and mayhem?) It's got a fun script, a fine leading actress in Grace Kelly (though honestly one wonders why someone as all-fired hot as Grace Kelly would waste her time on Jimmy Stewart when he's obviously trying to get rid of her), and some fabulous minor characters to inject much-needed humor to lighten things up now and again. There's none of the sense of bleakness that you get from a movie like Ace in the Hole or Sunset Blvd. here. And because of that, given the time in which it was made, it seems a bit out of place. I mean, even Douglas Sirk managed a pretty darned good piece of noir when he turned his mind to it (as did Hitch, actually; he practically invented the genre, where film was concerned, with his original version of The 39 Steps in 1935, and revitalized it briefly over a quarter century later with North by Northwest).

    Still, for all that, it is a fine piece of moviemaking, to be sure, and definitely stands up to repeated viewing; I think the time I'm basing this review on was my fifth. I like it a bunch. I still don't think it's North by Northwest or Psycho, or even Lifeboat (which I seem to like a whole lot more than most people), but it's one of Hitch's, say, top twenty movies. *** ?

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  • Rear Window
    One of the most celebrated films in history, this classic takes its time, but once the tension starts building, it doesn't stop until the heart-pounding conclusion is upon you. A new peak for Hitchcock in blending the story of a crime that may have happened with the dark side of human obsession--in this case, voyeurism. The movie marks a high point for James Stewart, who would be remembered as Hitchcock's most human and vulnerable hero. And who can resist the bewitching Grace Kelly?...more info
  • One of Hitchcocks' Best
    I recently saw Rear Window on cable, unfortunately I only saw the first half hour. So I decided to buy it because I HAD to see how this movie unfolded, and I'm glad I did. Only Hitchcock can pull off a mystery like this and I couldn't imagine anyone else but Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in the roles of the two main characters. It's unfortunate that Grace left acting to become royalty in Monaco because the world missed out on a great actress. Long story short....don't miss out on this film because it's truly a classic....more info
  • Hitchcock Classic
    One of Hitchcock's best with one of Hollywood's all time great actors, James Stewart. With a great supporting cast of Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Wendal Corey and Thelma Ritter, this Hitchcock classic keeps you on the edge of your seat. ...more info
  • The GREATEST of the Hitchcock and Stewart films!
    Of the four films that Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock made together, "Rear Window" is my favorite. I think after "Jaws" this movie is the GREATEST summertime movie ever made! What I mean by this is, it is OBVIOUS that this story takes place during the summer months.

    Jimmy Stewart (one of the all-time GREATEST actors) gives his usual PERFECT performance. Grace Kelly is as talented as she is BEAUTIFUL as Lisa his girlfriend. Raymond Burr also makes a GREAT villain. (pre-Perry Mason) As EVERYBODY should know by now, Alfred Hitchcock directed more CLASSICS than any director in the history of Hollywood.

    So in other words, how can you go wrong by watching one of his bona fide CLASSICS? Do yourself a favor and BUY this ALL-TIME GREAT!...more info
  • Decent
    This film does a good job of creating a suspenseful atmosphere by making the audience the voyeur, however it was a little ridiculous at times. Anyone saying anything negative about a Hitchcock film is sure raise a few eyebrows because some people seem to feel everything he churned out was remarkable. This film was less than remarkable and if it didn't have the Hitchcock name on it, it would probably be rated lower.

    Most of the problems that I had with Rear Window had nothing to do with Hitchcock though. In fact, I would say that the concept was better than the screenplay and, if anything, Hitchcock did a good job at making a fairly weak screenplay into a watchable movie.


    Most of the character's behavior was absurd at best. Maybe there were time/money constraints which prohibited a plausible ending but whatever the reason, the ending was ridiculous. If Jimmy Stewart knew that the suspected murderer Raymond Burr saw him, why would he tell the Nurse to go bail out Grace Kelly and leave him alone in a wheel chair? Why would he answer a phone (without knowing who's on the other end) and immediately start talking about the murderer? Because he thought it was his friend that he just got off of the phone with? Stupid. Obviously, people can be that stupid in real life but I guess I just expected more than that from this film. I also found Raymond Burr's desire to throw Jimmy Stewart out of the window retarded. Let's see, someone has "evidence" that I committed a murder so why don't I give them absolute evidence by throwing a man out of a window while the police are right outside. This made no sense whatsoever.

    Direction = A-
    Cinematography = A
    Screenplay = C-
    Overall Acting = B
    Music Score = D

    Overall a decent movie but hardly the classic that many seem to think it is. ...more info
  • 5 stars - with a caveat!
    I teach this work as the pinnacle of Hitchcock's oeuvre in a film class, and I can literally watch it back-to-back, once every 10 weeks, and not get tired of it. It is so fantastically done on all fronts that it holds up beyond nearly all other popular films in the history of cinema.

    This is a well-done DVD with a truly fascinating doc on the second disk that gives all kinds of great inside information about not only the work itself, but Hitchcock's methods. My caveat is for the DVD transfer. One of my students worked for years at a restoration facility and when I showed him this DVD, he made disgusted noises at the cheap quality of the digital transfer. Apparently this is the way it's done nowadays because studios are too cheap to go in by hand and restore 35mm, so the pixillation is noticeable during dolly and panning shots, as are the fluctuations in color. However, this isn't exactly a posh Blu-Ray, and I suppose we should be thankful the Hitchcock 5 exist in the public domain at all, so 5 stars it is. :)...more info
  • Showing its age, but it is still Stewart, Kelly and Hitch...
    This suspense yarn is quieter than many of Hitchcock's efforts, and the New York apartment life it depicts, along with how one recovers from a broken leg, operates a life as a free-lance photographer, and courts a fashion model girlfriend, are all quite changed from 50 years ago. If you must have the same tale updated, try the Christopher Reeve version from about ten years has charms of its own, but it isn't Hitchcock, and it does lack Jimmy and Grace (who is hot as a pistol despite keeping her clothes on.) In Hitchcock's version, the heroes are at least innocent, if not naive, and the bad guy is a killer, but not a psychopathic mass murderer who kills strangers for no reason. Worth seeing for the stars' performances in roles that give them little to do physically, and much to convey psychologically....more info
  • An All-time Suspense Flick
    With the sizzling success of Psycho behind him, Alfred Hitchcock had a tall order to ride his hot streak of stellar movies. The follow-up was not the thriller Psycho was, but just as memorable with just as equal appreciation from fans and critics alike. Rear Window brought the taboo of voyeurism to the big screen with credible actors and actresses justifying the ethics of meddling in others affairs.

    With Hitchcock at the helm, you could have betted he would feature actors and actresses he had worked with before. The casting of James Stewart as the indecisively contained L.B. Jeffries sets a standard for quality immediately. Through Jefferies, the viewer is taken on a ride featuring the neighborhoods finest and not so finest. His recent confinement has consumed him with others affairs and it takes the ultimate step to personal involvement. His romantic interest is the beautiful Grace Kelly who plays Lisa. She is as empowered a woman can be given the time period and is insistent on joining Jefferies in marriage. Her devotion to him is tested as he carries on in his obsession. She is at first resistant to his new hobby, but finds the voyeurism as a means to get closer to L.B.

    The movie's first half is effective in developing major and minor characters. The second half is as thrilling a movie can ever get. Specifically, the last half hour is breathtaking and beautifully shot equally.

    A true classic worth watching over and over. ...more info
    If anyone has not seen this movie let alone own it GO RENT IT NOW. But if you are a big movie buff and lover like I am YOU HAVE TO ADD IT TO YOUR COLLECTION. The story is a little perverted and weird but it get interesting. Grace Kelly once again looks gorgeous(she was alo in To Catch A Thief with Cary Grant)and I actually saw the real CHANEL black/white gown she wore at an exhibit. James Stewart was much better in this than Vertigo. I didn't like Vertigo so much. Do you notice how Hitchcock uses Blondes? Kim Novak(she was a natural brunette) was in Vertigo with Stewart. Raymond Burr was very good as the murdering husband. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND OWN IT IN YOUR COLLECTION. ...more info
  • Rear Window purchase
    Received this great movie in great shape from the buyer. This is such a classic that if you are a fan of Jimmy Stewart or Alfred Hitchcock it is a must have. The suspence keeps you going until the very end....more info
  • Not So Thrilling
    Rear Window is the story of a photographer with a broken leg (Jimmy Stewart). He spends his time in his wheelchair confined to his room with little to do but spy on the neighbors. There is a ballerina star, a lonely middle-aged woman, and a married couple. He becomes very interested in the married couple when one day the invalid wife disappears and the husband begins acting strangely. The photographer includes his girlfriend (Grace Kelly), his nurse (Thelma Ritter), and a detective friend in his theory that the man murdered his wife.

    When one thinks of Hitchcock, thoughts of crimes and plot twists come to mind. This film seems to be much more straightforward. It moves very slowly and none of the big events in the film seem all that major to the audience because most of them happen outside Stewart's apartment building. The most exciting part of the film is of course the ending, but even it is too little too late. If you have high expectations for this film as a constant thrill ride, see another film. You will certainly be disappointed....more info
  • It doesn't get any better than this!
    Alfred Hitchcock is "the master", & Rear Window a shining jewel in the crown of his career! Jiimy Stewart & Grace Kelly are perfect pairing. He's your every guy, she's the very defination of class & style. Thelma Ritter rounds out the outstanding trio of "peeping toms", with Raymond "Perry Mason" "Ironside" Burr like you've never seen him in the courtroom. When watching Rear Window you're there, looking out the window with them. Involving, suspensful, and also insightflul in the way we learn, along with the characters, lessons from looking in the private windows of others. Well-written, great set, and oh those gorgeous outfits Grace Kelly wears! No movie collection is complete with out Hitchcock, and no Hitchcock collection is complete with Rear Window. Recommend DVD Widescreen Collector's Edition from Universal....more info
  • Small Town Life in New York
    This 1954 film is taken from a short story by Cornell Woolrich. The opening shows apartment houses in Greenwich Village and the people who live there. It is 90F and people are sweating it out. [Crime goes up with the temperature.] L. B. Jeffries is a graying photographer laid up with a broken leg. His apartment overlooks the windows of other apartments, the adults there and in the courtyard. A woman comes over to give him a massage. His girl friend is from Park Avenue. The lighting in the apartments allows viewing into the rooms. Lisa Carol Fremont is quite well-dressed and brings along a fancy take-out meal. Lisa wants to domesticate LBJ, to get him to settle down and quite foreign travel. But LBJ loves his career as a news photographer (can he look into his future?). Lisa is an upper-class lady who is happy in her niche.

    At night LBJ sees a man from across the courtyard making many trips at night carrying a suitcase. He views the apartment with binoculars, then with a long-lens SLR camera. At time you hear children, but see none. LBJ is more interested in the man across the courtyard than in luscious Lisa, and this upsets Lisa. What happened to Thorwald's wife? [Decomposition would be rapid in the 90F heat.] LBJ seems cranky from being stuck in his room for the past 7 weeks. Lisa says Mrs. Thorwald would not have left her favorite purse and jewelry behind. Lt. Tom Doyle warns against imagining things, he checked out the shipped trunk. [No search warrant needed?] The death of a pet dog is ominous. Only one person didn't come out to look!

    The amateurs continue to snoop into Thorwald's life. They wonder if something was buried in the back yard. Lisa enters Thorwald's apartment, is found, but the police take her away. LBJ answers the phone without saying "hello" and talks too much. There is a suspenseful series of heavy footsteps (believable?), then Thorwald enters the room. Can flashbulbs stop a murderer? The police arrive in time.

    The temperature drops to 70F. We see what happened to the others across the courtyard. The success of this film tells much about popular taste in those times. It is basically a short story that is padded out to make a long story. I would not rate it among the top Hitchcock films. "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "North by Northwest" were better remakes of earlier films. Such snooping about neighbors is a feature of small-town life, unlike the anonymity of a big city. But some could call this concerns of small-town life friendliness or caring. Before radio or TV.
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  • Pervert propoganda
    So you've got this photojournalist took a spill at the track and he's just lounging around with not a care in the world and what does he do but spy on innocent dames getting undressed like a super-perv. And he's already got this hot cupcake he's just giving the cold shoulder cuz she likes it, sick bobby-soxer. And this bloke wants all the broads in the apartment complex so when Perry Mason begins sniffing around for a date, George Bailey creates these fantasies involving murder and nighttime gardening. And the F-er actually gets away with it. And everyone crowns it a masterpiece because we celebrate voyeurism in this country. Why else do you think there are spy cameras everywhere? It's sickening and I'm not having any of it....more info
  • "Rear Window" describes Hitchcock at his best...
    "Rear Window" comes very close to be the perfect Hitchcock film that illustrates nearly all his great abilities...

    Hitchcock demonstrates in "Rear Window" that he is a great voyeur, that he loves to spy on his characters making each viewer into a voyeur, forcing audience to see everything from his hero's point of view... James Stewart is hold up in his Manhattan two rooms apartment with a broken leg... He passes his time spying on his neighbors through back window in an orgy of voyeurism...

    Speaking of technical challenge, "Rear Window" is Hitchcock prototype... Most of the film is shot from one confined set... It is also notably theatrical since it takes place in one room...

    Hitchcock forces limitations on himself, as he did in "Lifeboat" when he shot entirely on a restricted set, in only one boat... And in "Rope" (his first Technicolor film) where the single setting for the production had only walls and furniture...

    Having restricted his movements, Hitchcock is demanded to be ingenious in order to keep curiosity alive... He builds a realistic courtyard of apartments with inhabitants in it, and the restriction becomes a potency and the technique a fascinating example of what he chooses to call "pure cinema."

    Hitchcock's camera tracks out through the windows... It never goes inside the apartments... We never see close-ups of the characters... We can only see what Stewart sees... We feel like we are watching people through a window instead of in a movie...

    Hitchcock doesn't use any kind of music... We hear natural sounds, occasional live music played in the surrounding apartment...

    "Rear Window" describes Hitchcock at his best for the way it works on several levels, yet hides its own complexity... Stewart, tied in too by pressure from his high society girl who loves him and wants to marry him... Everything he sees out is related to this problem... He avoids to discuss marriage with her, though he himself does not seem to realize it...

    All the while, the people in the 31 apartments that he can see live out their little lives... The tormented middle-aged bachelor, composer/songwriter; the couple who beats the heat by sleeping on a fire escape; the newlyweds and lovers; the tragic "Miss Lonelyhearts" and her fantasies of entertaining gentlemen callers; the hearing-impaired sculptor working day and night; the vivacious and sexy blonde dancer "Miss Torso" who does suggestive routines in bikini tops and, most important, the hysterical "nagging wife" - lying in bed - and her grouchy fed-up husband, a jewelry salesman...

    One 'great shot' reveals just how involved Stewart has become in their lives when Miss Lovelyheart - in her romantic dinner for two - raises her glass in a toast to her imaginary lover and Stewart raises his glass as well...

    The urban backyard setting is the night city terrain of "Rear Window," a night city shattered by the sharp sound of a loud female scream and the sound of breaking glass...

    Hitchcok presents Stewart who sees (or think he sees) what he is powerless to stop... The insidious salesman strangely attracts Stewart's attention... His Passtime becomes an obsession after he suspects that he has murdered his ailing wife and specially when he notices that she is missing... His ravishing fianc¨¦e (Grace Kelly) and his nurse (Thelma Ritter) warn him that voyeurism is a crime and is dangerous... But Stewart persists, eventually he was turned on ... This explain perfectly his specific use of a huge zoom lens to do his peeping as he monitors the murderer's activities... The murderer and his wife became subject of Stewart's parody with the "too perfect, too talented, too sophisticated," Grace Kelly...

    "Rear Window" is visually very strong... Hitchcock designs the film in such a way so that his view is our view... He manipulates our emotions because he knows perfectly his work... He has the film synchronized in his mind... Shooting and editing are, for him, a simple mechanical phase... The creativity has all taken place before...

    The first shot of "Rear Window" is a perfect example of this reality - as his many typical first shots - for the way it visually transmits the whole complex to the audience...

    Hitchcock is a master at using his camera to create suspense... Like Stewart, we are restricted in movements, paralyzed inside the apartment, immobile, trapped in a room where we are anxious and uncertain... There is no way we can warn the outcome... This is what 'suspense' is all about--not surprise... An effect of intense and prolonged expectancy, lacking all help in the state of knowing that we possess but the characters do not... And, of course, all this great suspense is created by only 'visual' means...

    Stewart gives the performance of his life behaving at ease... He was the perfect Hitchcock character: a voyeur by profession, an unpretentious photo journalist who becomes caught in a terrifying event...

    When you see the film, feel the menacing 'look' of the murderer staring those evil eyes at you... And don't forget to catch Alfred Hitchcok in his customary cameo appearance, this time repairing a clock... Enjoy! ...more info
  • best Hitchcock movie
    Of all the movies that Hitchcock directed this is the best one. The plot is captivating, the casting superb but the directing is unique. You actually think that you are part of the set and feel the mercury rising. A masterpiece...more info
  • Hitchcock's Finest
    I'm glad to see that overall, this film got 5 stars seeing that I am a huge Hitchcock buff and have seen all but a handful of his movies. But reading some of the other comments, it just goes to show that all movies are rated to our own opinions. My only disagreement(at least the one I care to share) is that this movie is not based on voyeurism in a good light necissarily, although I think we all have it in us to some extent. Speaking of propaganda-I really don't think ALL OF THE SPY CAMERAS EVERYWHERE are because of this movie. ...more info
    This is my second-favorite Jimmy Stewart movie ( VERTIGO being my favorite of both Stewart's, and Hitch's ). I have always been amazed by the intricacy of the staging, and set design in this beautifully, and brilliantly orchestrated psychological thriller, that juggles droll humor, social commentary, and mounting suspense with such aplomb, and twisted, though, surgeon-like precision. REAR WINDOW is an exquisite film, and should be in any serious collection....more info
    This is my second-favorite Jimmy Stewart movie ( VERTIGO being my favorite of both Stewart's, and Hitch's ). I have always been amazed by the intricacy of the staging, and set design in this beautifully, and brilliantly orchestrated psychological thriller, that juggles droll humor, social commentary, and mounting suspense with such aplomb, and twisted, though, surgeon-like precision. REAR WINDOW is an exquisite film, and should be in any serious collection....more info
  • Suspense at its best
    Alfred Hitchcock works wonders in relating what the actual movie audience does -- sit in a theater and watch events unfold througout a narrative sequence -- by portraying that in his film "Rear Window."

    Through the eyes of Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart), we see the events that lead up to the suspicion of a murder that happens across his courtyard. He sees the events unfold through the window of his apartment, just as we see them on the movie screen.

    Hitchcock uses suspense, point of view and camera angles to suck the audience into his own little movie world, with just a little voyueristic flair thrown in....more info
  • A perfect example of the Genius of Hitchcock
    L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is a dashing photographer who usually spends his time out in the field getting the most exciting and difficult shots. Unfortunately, while he got a fantastic photo of a crashing race car, he also got a busted leg and is laid up in his second floor apartment in a cast. For seven weeks (and one more to go) he's had nothing to do but watch the neighbors whose apartment windows all surround the same courtyard. But very late one night he hears a scream and notices one neighbor (a salesman) making repeated trips out into the rain with a large samples case and his nagging wife has disappeared. Jeffries becomes convinced the man killed her.

    The entire movie is shown from the point of view from Jeffries' apartment, and illustrates perfectly Hitchcock's genius. He tells the story by what he shows with the camera (pay attention to the very clever opening sequence for a good example), by what Jeffries sees and does, and what you see of the neighbors. Has a murder really been committed? Hitchcock interjects subtle humor throughout, from Jeffries and the various neighbors, such as "Miss Lonelyheart" or "The Newlyweds." And when Hitchcock decides to turn on the suspence, he turns it on all the way. One part I found slightly unbelievable is Jeffries' resistance to his beautiful girlfriend (Grace Kelly) who offers repeated hints about marriage. C'mon, Grace Kelly?!? What's he waiting for?

    But it's all part of Hitchcock's larger theme here, and this movie was lots of fun to watch noting how clever Hitchcock is and looking for his cameo appearance (and I'm not really much of a film buff). There is also an entertaining documentary included with the "extras" that talks about the challenges, such as filming in such a small space. An excellent movie from a director on a level with few others....more info
  • Excellent product
    The colors in this movie are amazing! Bright colors & sharp outlines. They must have renewed the copy they used to make this DVD....more info
  • One Of Hitch's All-Time Great Films
    It took me several viewings over many years before I really appreciated this film. Now I absolutely love it. Next to Psycho, it's now my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film. Having it on a pretty-clear DVD transfer didn't hurt, either. Eventually, I'd like to see a sharp Blu-Ray version of this movie.

    "Rear Window" still dated quite a bit with the dialogue, but the focus of the story, namely Jimmy Stewart's voyeurism and suspicions of what is going on in Raymond Burr's apartment, never gets old. It is a storyline which entertains and builds tremendous suspense. Stewart provides the fun and Grace Kelly is there for looks. The people Stewart observe are really interesting.

    Speaking of dated, can you imagine all the people in the crowded apartments keeping their blinds open all the time? Maybe it was just a more trusting world back in the 1950s!
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