Rebecca Film Still

Rebecca

Alfred Hitchcock

 
Rebecca (Criterion Blu-Ray)

5 Sep 2017

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

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

Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock’s elegantly crafted Rebecca, his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley—her groom’s baroque ancestral mansion—she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The start of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography.

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

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • New conversation between film critic and author Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White
  • New interview with special effects historian Craig Barron on the visual effects in Rebecca
  • Documentary from 2007 on the making of Rebecca
  • Screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests including actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter,
    Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, and Loretta Young
  • Casting gallery annotated by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick
  • Television interviews with Hitchcock and Fontaine from 1973 and 1980
  • Audio interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
  • Three radio adaptations of Rebecca, from 1938, 1941, and 1950, including Orson Welles’s version for the Mercury Theatre
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and Selznick biographer David Thomson and selected production correspondence, including letters between Hitchcock and Selznick

    Cover painting by Robert Hunt

Film Essays

Rebecca: The Two Mrs. de Winters

By Robin Wood November 19, 2001

Rebecca marks the most decisive single step both in Hitchcock’s career and aesthetic evolution: the move to America, the first time working under (and intermittently struggling against) a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca

By Leonard Leff July 01, 1990

As David O. Selznick put Gone with the Wind into production in the late 1930s, he realized that he needed help with other pictures on the studio schedule. He had soon hired a rotund Englishman . . . Read more »

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Chef du Cinema: The Lady Vanishes

By Ron Deutsch December 08, 2011

Sir Alfred Hitchcock once said, “I’m not a heavy eater. I’m just heavy, and I eat.” Hitchcock’s father was a grocer, so we can assume young Alfie grew up knowing his way around food. His films . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca: The Two Mrs. de Winters

By Robin Wood November 19, 2001

Rebecca marks the most decisive single step both in Hitchcock’s career and aesthetic evolution: the move to America, the first time working under (and intermittently struggling against) a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca

By Leonard Leff July 01, 1990

As David O. Selznick put Gone with the Wind into production in the late 1930s, he realized that he needed help with other pictures on the studio schedule. He had soon hired a rotund Englishman . . . Read more »

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