DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Davros

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Digital transfer is crisp and, coupled with great sound, this is a worthy translation for an understated piece of cinema.

Kicking off an impressive selection of extras, Rebecca's DVD includes a superb selection of all that is Hitch. The BBC produced, A Conversation With Hitchcock, offers a brief, yet fascinating insight into the director's thoughts and fears (policemen, apparently.) Calculated and full of thought, Hitchcock carefully retorts his interviewer with a knowing ponder.

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Packed with scholarly facts and theories An Interview With Kim Newman is a lengthy study on Hitchcock's legacy. With comparisons to Chaplin up to behind-the-scenes struggles with producer David O Selznick, this featurette is a standout. Cleverly separated up into sizeable chunks the moustached critic conveys a fitting eulogy for Hitchcock's body of work.

Following this highlight, things begin to get a little wordy. The Real Me (The Thin One) sees Hitch discussing the motives behind his cinematic cameos and his own thoughts on television. Taken from a promotional stint on Torn Curtain, this transcribed interview feels oddly out of place.

Cranking the intrigue up a notch, Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut provides a retrospective study on the director's feelings towards Rebecca. Although ardent fans may own a copy of the famed interviews, this exert is a fitting addition to the disc and further probes the cloaked problems that affected Rebecca's production.

With a distintive IMDB whiff about them, a Biography, Quotes and Trivia collection ends a slightly hit-and-miss pile of extras.

The extras selection sadly remains more threadbare than the aforementioned director's category. Starting with - and carrying on this IMDB reliance - dual biographies on Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, the real saving grace of this filler comes at the end. Preceding some pretty run-of-the-mill Film Facts and a sparsely detailed About The Creators two pager, the film's Production Notes provide more interest. Although slightly underplayed within it's content, this is as close to a Making Of as you are going to get. Eerily played against Franz Waxman's score, the Slideshow is a worthy fanfare for this collection of odds and ends.

Production stills, cast profiles and promotional materials glide across the screen, injecting enough filmic nostalgia to make you appreciate cinemas delicately complicated Golden Age.

Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2006
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A woman is whisked off her feet by a rich widower, but gets more than she bargains for when she moves into his mansion.
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Product Code: FHED1835

Region: 2

Ratio: 4:3

Sound: Dolby Digital mono

Extras: Cast biogs; photo gallery; Conversation With Alfred Hitchcock; interview with Kim Newman; extracts from Francois Truffaut's book "Hitchcock"; The Real Me (The Thin One) featurette; biography; quotes and trivia

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