Rear Window

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8.51 h 52 min2021X-RayPG
A bored, injured photojournalist confined to his apartment has no choice but to busy himself with observing his neighbors. His voyeurism becomes detective work, however, when he witnesses a murder. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Directors
Alfred Hitchcock
Starring
James StewartGrace KellyWendell Corey
Genres
SuspenseHorror
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Thelma Ritter
Producers
Alfred Hitchcock
Studio
Universal City Studios Product
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
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Dan A.Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What kind of maniac would give this less than 5 stars?
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This is my favorite of Hitchcock's films. The action is confined to Jimmy Stewart's apartment and courtyard, the cast is excellent, and so is the photography. It has the high style of the best of 1950's Hollywood, and even though visual effects can be distractingly bad, they're very brief and infrequent. Grace Kelly is at her pinnacle of class, Raymond Burr is creepy and menacing, and Jimmy Stewart has plenty of room to work his iconic character. Ideally this film should be seen on as large a screen as possible, because so much use is made of the frame, which lingers and travels slowly to allow and direct reveals. It's high on tension and humor, and with the cast often intently looking just off-camera, is also very engaging. It's beautiful.
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Angie MikeReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Review of: REAR WINDOW (2014 Blu-Ray + Digital HD Edition)
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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
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T. SantoReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not a fan of Hitchcock movies with just a few exceptions
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This is not an exception. Hitchcock has the ability to take a 20 minute plot and stretch it to a full length, overly wordy movie. Much of the dialog has little to do with the plot. We have to believe that a glamorous star played by GK, would fall for a middle-aged never been married, never had any desire for romance type of bachelor. Yep, that happens in real life. Not. Without any explanation on how their relationship came to be is no where to be found. This guy has spent weeks laid up in his apartment with a broken leg and spends all his waking and night time hours staring out his wide open huge window at other apartments, at the most, 50 feet away, whose residents have their huge windows wide open. And yet, day after day none of these other residents ever bother to look out their wide open windows and never notice this peeping tom with binoculars following their every move. Sorry but I just could not get past this obvious flaw in what is a rather thin plot. sherlock Holmes movies have more mystery and thrills than this one.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Meh
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Hitchcock's films are considered classics, but I confess that I never liked any of them. This one is tauter than most, without 20 minute long driving scenes, but its still rather empty. The plot is not intellectually satisfying. For example, there's a scene where the two female characters go to a garden because there's supposedly something buried there. But even though they dig around, they never find anything and go look in the apartment instead. In the end, the film still presents the hypothesis that there's something buried there as fact, even though the search didn't turn up anything. Except for a "confession" from the killer, the strongest evidence of murder is that the victim didn't take her wedding ring -- which can be easily explained if she and her husband were getting a divorce. It's just not satisfying to viewers used to modern murder mysteries.
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Experienced at lifeReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A true classic
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My 20-year old grandson was visiting and had never heard of this movie. I was surprised I didn't own the dvd so I ordered it and we watched it together. He loved it. This is really a great movie - the story is suspenseful, the characters are wonderful (as are the actors portraying them), the cinematography if fantastic, and all of the violence is implied (not thrown in your face like today's movies).
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SailwingzReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Among the Greatest Movies of All Time
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Yes it really is Among the Greatest Movies of All Time, and hard to commit to a genre.... mystery, comedy?
Watch closely, not only the main actors but the subtleties of the life size Diorama (which is an amazing structure as well and worth looking into on the web).
The music and background sounds are very subtle and perhaps many could watch the movie without noticing them but when tuned into them one hears so much.
The movie starts out with titles and credits and a most interesting music that we eventually discover is coming from a radio in the musicians studio apartment. He is annoyed later when the dancer is playing her music and he is trying to concentrate.
Of course the dancer is a pleasant sight for our hero, Jimmie Stewart who one could label a voyeur. My thoughts about this are that Hitchcock is doing it again, really pushing the censors buttons. Very hard to believe that this movie was produced in those days, 1954.
I saw the movie in a movie house in Los Angeles back in 1964 (at the age of 15) and even then the dancer was shocking.
I got back into watching the old movies again in the late 1980s when VHS came out and have introduced it to many since then but it is amazing to get the reaction of the women when they see Grace Kelley in that first scene she is in which is filmed in such a way that makes her seem a bit cosmic, angelic, spiritual and Jimmie's attitude towards Her is one of both admiration and a need to bring her back down to Earth and humanize her and again Hitchcock implies that they sleep together although not married.
I suppose one can go away from the movie assuming that it is just about a murder but this incredible movie has way more to offer than the mystery and the Digital download had a high quality that makes one see the great detail in the movie set....
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MoosevilleReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love that this film takes places in a limited space
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A true classic. I love that this film takes places in a limited space, across the courtyard view of apartments. It's where voyeurism comes to you and where you, in return, get caught up in events, or I should say, the lead character L.B. Jeffries gets caught up. I don't want to compete with the volume of analysis that this film has garnered, except to say that it has a choreographed precision to it that is clearly the hand of Hitchcock weaving the plotlines together. Rear Window is rich in statements of isolation and crime; voyeurism and immersion into the clockwork grind of daily life from a single perspective. From the benign to murder. It has a murder mystery plot but its also very inventive and wry.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
What are three people willing to do to prove a murder happened?
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Rear Window is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thrillers. It has a very simple plot. James Stewart as Jeff Jefferies believes he sees a murder committed in an apartment across from his. He, his nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter), and his friend Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) attempt to find proof that it happened. That’s where the tension comes from. Can they prove what Jefferies saw and to what lengths are they willing to go?

The story doesn’t actually begin with the murder. Rather it focuses upon the relationship between Jefferies and Fremont. She’s totally in love with him and wants to get married. She shows up at his house every day. Cooks him elaborate dinners. Dresses up like she’s going out on the town even down to wearing pearls. Jefferies on the other hand doesn’t want any long term relationship. That leads to constant bickering. The question is whether their investigation into the death will bring them together or break them apart? Ironically the first time he brings up his suspicion is when he’s passionately kissing Fremont.

It’s a great movie and character study. Jefferies, Stella and Fremont all speculate about the alleged murderer Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr). When he does something like take out a trunk they wonder why he’s doing it and what it means. It all builds up until the climax.
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