Rebecca [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2 Discs]

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Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, the classic psychological thriller Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock's first American film. Joan Fontaine plays the unnamed narrator, a young woman who works as a companion to the well-to-do Mrs. Van Hopper (Florence Bates). She meets the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) in Monte Carlo, where they fall in love and get married. Maxim takes his new bride to Manderlay, a large country estate in Cornwall. However, the mansion's many servants refuse to accept her as the new lady of the house. They seem to be loyal to Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, who died under mysterious circumstances. Particularly cruel to her is the prim housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), who is obsessed with Rebecca. She continually attests to her beauty and virtues (referring to her as "the real Mrs. de Winter") and even preserves her former bedroom as a shrine. The new Mrs. de Winter is nearly driven to madness as she begins to doubt her relationship with her husband and the presence of Rebecca starts to haunt her. Eventually, an investigation leads to the revelation about Rebecca's true nature. Producer David O. Selznick had the final cut of the picture, which was drastically altered from Hitchcock's original vision. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
9/5/17 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
2 hours, 10 minutes
Sound
  • No information available
Region
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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 film historian Craig Barron on Rebecca's visual effects
  • Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of "Rebecca," a 2016 French television documentary
  • Making-Of Documentary from 2007
  • Footage of screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests for actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, and Loretta Young
  • Casting gallery with notes by Director Alfred Hitchcock and Producer David O. Selznick
  • Hitchcock interviewed by Tom Snyder on a 1975 episode of NBC's Tomorrow
  • Tomorrow interview with Fontaine from 1980
  • Audio Interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
  • Three radio versions of Rebecca, from 1938, 1944, and 1950, including Orson Welles's adaptation of the novel for the Mercury Theatre
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer
  • Plus: An essay by critic and Setznick biographer David Thomson and selected Selznick production correspondent, including with Hitchcock
Number of Discs
2

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