DESCRIPTION: When professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies (James Stuart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private lives of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. So when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeff enlists the help of Lisa, his beautiful socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious and intriguing chain of events... Events that ultimately lead to an unforgettable and riveting finale.
MY REVIEW: First of all I want to say that the picture quality of this Blu-Ray was superb compared to the original version. Although this was my first time ever viewing the movie, I watched the Theatrical Trailer in the Bonus Features and was amazed by the difference. The movie I watched was clear and vibrant and amazing as opposed to the original which looked washed out in comparison. When it says "Digitally Restored in High Definition" that description is right on the money and I almost had a hard time believing this movie just turned 64 years old!
With that being said I have to admit I'm a bit surprised by all the five star reviews. I enjoyed the movie but I didn't love it like most people seemed to. The last thirty minutes or so was definitely the best and is where the action and suspense really pick up. As for Jeff and Lisa, I thought they were both charismatic and witty and that they made a cute couple too. But it was Stella (Jeff's nurse) who I adored and had me laughing out loud a few times. In the end I think this movie has stood up well over the years and am glad I finally got around to watching this classic thriller.
NOTE: I really wish Amazon didn't mix up reviews and solely went off of an items ISBN. That's because there are so many different versions, many of which are better than others and often enhance a viewers experience. Each of them also contain varied Bonus Features. This Blu-Ray Edition I bought not only had a Documentary, Interviews, Production Photographs and Trailers, but much more... Below are some facts and information about the movie that I compiled from the back of the case or gathered from other sources.
Release Year: 1954
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Image: Color (Technicolor)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: PG - Parental Guidance
Ultraviolet (UV) Copy: Expires 12/31/2018