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Rebecca [Blu-ray]

Laurence Olivier    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Rebecca is an ageless, timeless adult movie about a woman who marries a widower but fears she lives in the shadow of her predecessor. This was Hitchcock's first American feature, and it garnered the Best Picture statue at the 1941 Academy Awards. In today's films, most twists and surprises are ridiculous or just gratuitous, so it's sobering to look back on this film where every revelation not only shocks, but makes organic sense with the story line. Laurence Olivier is dashing and weak, fierce and cowed. Joan Fontaine is strong yet submissive, defiant yet accommodating. There isn't a false moment or misstep, but the film must have killed the employment outlook of any women named Danvers for about 20 years. Brilliant stuff. --Keith Simanton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca Sept. 17 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A perfect example of a compelling story that stays true to the novel on which it was based. Superb acting is brought out by Hitchcock's wonderful direction. Real entertainment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca - Hitchcocks Masterful Interpretation Jan. 11 2012
Looking forward to this digital remastering of a masterful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic story. I have all available DVD adaptations of Rebecca and look forward to the BluRay sharpening of the suspenseful experience of returning to Manderley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Note: Get the Criterion DVD before it is too late! (It's supposed to go out of print on the 31st of December, 2003). While Hitchcock's masterpiece is still stunning after all these years, the DVD I watched, published by Anchor Bay, is pretty weak; the Criterion Collection DVD of "Rebecca" has much more in the way of extras and special features, which is half the appeal of getting a classic on DVD.
Anchor Bay's DVD only has a chapter selection and "start" on the menu. Not even closed captioning, which makes this DVD inaccessible to older or deaf fans.
Still, even a weak DVD presentation can't take away from such a beautiful film. A TV presenter recently introduced "Rebecca", by saying that Joan Fontaine was too pretty to be believable in the role of a plain girl. Missing the point! "Rebecca" is a story from the point of view of a scared, insecure heroine who believes the worst of herself and is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Like the heroine of "Northanger Abbey," perhaps the gothic atmosphere here is really created out of her hopes and fears - "Rashomon"-style where each person sees a different thing. The book "Venus in Spurs" has most of a chapter devoted to "Rebecca," and how much this film and book relate to women who struggle through insecurity, despite being loved. (To say more might ruin the movie for first-time viewers).
Fontaine is, of course, very good, as is Laurence Olivier, who has scarcely *ever* been more handsome and commanding. Among the strong supporting cast is George Saunders and Dame Judith Anderson. While Anderson's usually singled out in reviews and hindsight, her obsessive maid could hardly be that malevolent, if the audience didn't feel so sympathetic towards Fontaine's sweet, mild Mrs. de Winter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Criterion's disappointingly out-of-sync March 6 2002
While I am a great admirer of "Rebecca" and Criterion, I think the sound and picture for this DVD, while superbly restored in and of themselves, are out-of-sync by four or five or more frames throughout the film. Perhaps because I edit film this is more noticeable to me, but I would think that even casual viewers would sense that something is off. Look at the scene where Joan Fontaine confronts Mrs. Danvers after the disaster of the costume ball. In the two-shots, Judith Anderson's voice is ludicrously lagging behind the movements of her lips. "Rebecca" was rather famously plagued by on-set sound recording problems, and was extensively looped in post production, but the original Criterion laserdisc of this film did not suffer from this problem and it cannot be blamed on the original technicians. Having shelled out [the money] for this set, it makes it a bitter disappointment for me. While "Rebecca" the film rates ***** always, "Rebecca" the Criterion release does not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a WINNER! Sept. 25 2009
I saw this movie by accident in 1980 when I was 14 years old, and the movie was already over 40 years old!I was mesmerised and it was the beginning of my great love of Hitchcock.
I have searched for a copy now and then over the years, never with any success. So, of course when I came across it I had to buy it.
I convinced my 16 year old daughter to sit down and watch with me, who does not like old black and white movies at all. For me, it was just as wonderful as it was 30 years ago.
When I came home from work the next day... what do you think my daughter was watching?
Buy this movie - if you are a Hitchcock fan you will not regret it. If you are not a fan, this is the movie that made my daughter and I both one. 30 years apart!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST movies Feb. 4 2009
Rebecca has to be one of my all-time favourites. The acting is wonderful and the movie does follow the book by Daphne Du Maurier very well. Another Hitchcock thriller filled with romance, action, drama, suspense and tragedy. It has is all! They sure knew how to make movies in those days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Film. Nov. 11 2005
By D.N.
I don't know how much other people may enjoy it, but I saw it by myself as a child on tv, and I fell deeply in love with it.
It's actually a film which benefits from Hitchcock's lack of control, and you can read some of the stupid ideas he had to re-write Rebecca (on the 2nd disc), and Selznick reined him in to make this. This was the first Criterion DVD I had to own, and it's hard to find, going on eBay for hilarious amounts unsealed. I even re-authored it to cut a music video for Bauhaus' 'Shes In Parties'!
Joan Fontaine was so beautiful, you can see the use of star power in the golden age of Hollywood, the readings in the extras are interesting as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Classic Movie May 1 2004
I have seen all of Hitchcock's American work. If you are familiar with his movies, you probably agree that, with the exception of "Family Plot", his films are delicious brain food! Rebecca is a beautiful, mysterious and tragic piece. Olivier and Fontaine are at the peak of their talent and beauty. By the way, if you like Joan Fontaine in this film, her performance is equally good in Hitchcock's Suspicion, with Cary Grant. Why aren't most modern actors this good, hmmm? Hey Mr. Soderbergh, please don't remake this one! There's a reason why we call them 'Classic'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic shines.
A stunning transfer from Criterion. "Rebecca" remains one of the finest films of the 1940's, and features Joan Fontaine as the second mistress of Manderley, forever living in the... Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Ohio Media Man
5.0 out of 5 stars "We can never go back to Manderley again"
Joan Fontaine laments as she opens the film, obviously several years removed from her time at the lush, oversized estate, which recalls "Tara" from Gone With the Wind as... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by David M. Lovin
1.0 out of 5 stars *poit* :|
All you people who said this is good are crazy! This movie was even worse than the novel! (something i thought was impossible!) hell, the guy playing Maxim can't act! Read more
Published on March 4 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca - not Hitchcock's best...
If you are a die hard Alfred Hitchcock fan, than this DVD is a must own! However, I feel this DVD is over priced for what you get. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by Tim Chapin
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Out-of-Print Soon
Criterion has announced on its website that this title will be going out-of-print on December 31, 2003 along with Spellbound and Notorious. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Lynn Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great DVD
What a great movie, and the Criterion edition is certainly worth the extra money if you want to see a clear picture, have great sound, but not lose any of that atmosphere which... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003
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