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Rear Window

Genre: Mystery Suspense

Reviewed In Issue 48 (May 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter & Raymond Burr

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a 55-minute documentary

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20395
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1954
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/06/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alfred Hitchcock
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the short story

DVD Picture:
The windowboxed and anamorphically enhanced 1.66:1 DVD cannot hide its age, but otherwise is a good restoration (restoration produced by Robert A. Harris and James Katz). As revealed in the documentary, the color scheme is refined and images are smooth and solid compared to the original elements. Colors are rich, with fleshtones appearing a bit brownish at times. Blacks are deep and solid throughout. While the image can be quite satisfying in terms of sharpness, many scenes are slightly smeared. Film grain and artifacts are revealed throughout, but fans should be pleased with the transfer. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
After installing Rear Window's DVD-ROM components, I was horrified to find only one special feature available to us DVD-ROM users. This feature: a measly little Screenplay. Now, do not get me wrong, I love seeing screenplays available with titles, but this one does not even have anything extraordinarily special to it. There are some words that make up the script, and a box that holds the video. Even the colors picked are bland and boring. Well, there really is not much to say, except to restate that I am very disappointed. I have never actually seen the film, but from its fame, and the brilliance of its director, I imagined someone would have wanted to keep up the legacy with some great DVD-ROM features. (Danny Richelieu)