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Title:
Rebecca
Uniform Title:
Rebecca (Motion picture)
Publication Information:
[United States] : Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2008.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (131 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1940.

Special features: Commentary with film critic Richard Schickel; Isolated music and effects track; "The making of Rebecca" featurette; "The gothic world of Daphne Du Maurier" featurette; Screen tests; 3 radio plays; Audio Hitchcock interviews with Peter Bogdanovich and François Truffaut; Theatrical trailer; Still galleries.
Contents:
Special features: Full frame presentation -- Commentary with film critic Richard Schickel -- Isolated music and effects track -- Making-of "Rebecca" featurette -- "The gothic world of Daphne Du Maurier" featurette -- Screen tests -- Three radio plays -- Hitchcock interviews: Audio interviews with Peter Bogdanovich and Francois Truffaut --Original theatrical trailer -- Still galleries -- Language: English mono -- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Added Title:
Alfred Hitchcock premiere collection.
Summary:
A vacationing young lady meets, falls in love with, and marries handsome and wealthy widower Maxim de Winter. He takes his new bride home to his estate, Manderley. But the new Mrs. de Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of Maxim's late wife, Rebecca, who still rules from beyond the grave.
System Details:
DVD; region 1, NTSC; full frame (1.33:1) presentation; mono.
Language Note:
In English with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned.
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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


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Du Maurier's novel, from 1940. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.