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Rebecca

Alfred Hitchcock

 
Rebecca (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • United States
  • 1940
  • 130 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #135

“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca’s haunting opening line conjures the entirety of Hitchcock’s romantic, suspenseful, elegant film. A young woman (Joan Fontaine) believes her every dream has come true when her whirlwind romance with the dashing Maxim de Winter culminates in marriage. But she soon realizes that Rebecca, the late first Mrs. de Winter, haunts both the temperamental, brooding Maxim and the de Winter mansion, Manderley. In order for Maxim and the new Mrs. de Winter to have a future, Rebecca’s spell must be broken and the mystery of her violent death unraveled. The first collaboration between producer David O. Selznick and Hitchcock, Rebecca was adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s popular novel and won the 1940 Academy Award™ for Best Picture and Cinematography (Black and White).

Cast

"I"Joan Fontaine
Maxim de WinterLaurence Olivier
Jack Favell George Sanders
Mrs. DanversJudith Anderson
Beatrice Lacy Gladys Cooper
Giles LacyNigel Bruce
Frank CrawleyReginald Denny
Colonel JulyanC. Aubrey Smith
The coronerMelville Cooper
Mrs. Van HopperFlorence Bates

Credits

DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
ProducerDavid O. Selznick
ScreenplayRobert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison
Adaptation byPhilip MacDonald and Michael Hogan
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Special effectsJack Cosgrove
MusicFranz Waxman
Associate (music)Lou Forbes
Art directionLyle Wheeler
Interiors designed byJoseph B. Platt
Interior decoration byHoward Bristol
Supervising film editorHal C. Kern
Associate film editorJames E. Newcom
Scenario assistantBarbara Keon
RecordistJack Noyes
Assistant directorEdmond Bernoudy
EditingW. Donn Hayes

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET

  • Glorious new digital film and sound restoration
  • Commentary by film scholar Leonard J. Leff, author of Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Rare screen, hair, makeup and costume tests including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter, Loretta Young, Margaret Sullavan, and Joan Fontaine
  • Hitchcock on Rebecca, excerpts from his conversations with François Truffaut
  • Phone interviews with stars Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson from 1986
  • Hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the film’s production from location scouting, set photos, and wardrobe continuity to ads, posters, and promotional memorabilia
  • Production correspondence and casting notes
  • Deleted scene script excerpts
  • 1939 test screening questionnaire
  • Essay on Rebecca author Daphne du Maurier
  • Footage from the 1940 13th Annual Academy Awards™ ceremony
  • Re-issue trailer
  • Three hours of complete radio show adaptations:
  • 1938 Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre broadcast, including an interview with Daphne du Maurier
  • 1941 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Ronald Colman and Ida Lupino, including an interview with David O. Selznick
  • 1950 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • PLUS: A 22-page booklet, including liner notes by Robin Wood, author of Hitchcock’s Films and Hitchcock’s Films Revisited, and George Turner’s essay “Du Maurier + Selznick + Hitchcock = Rebecca"

    New cover by William Logan, Steve Blakely, and Amy Hoisington

Film Essays

Rebecca: The Two Mrs. de Winters

By Robin WoodNovember 19, 2001

Rebecca marks the most decisive single step both in Hitchcock’s career and aesthetic . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca

By Leonard LeffJuly 01, 1990

As David O. Selznick put Gone with the Wind into production in the late 1930s, he realized . . . Read more »

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Rebecca

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