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  • Manufacturer: Fox Home Entertainment
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  • Model #M125252

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    (Manufacturer # M125252 )

    Plot
      As Alfred Hitchcock's classic psychothriller opens, the staff of a posh mental asylum eagerly awaits the arrival of the new director. When the man in question shows up, it turns out to be handsome psychiatrist John Ballantine (Gregory Peck). But something's wrong, here: Ballantine seems much too young for so important a position; his answers to the staff's questions are vague and detached; and he seems unusually distressed by the parallel marks, left by a fork, on a white tablecloth. Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) comes to the conclusion that Ballantine is not the new director, but a profoundly disturbed amnesiac--and, possibly, the murderer of the real director. But is she correct in her inferences? Scriptwriters Angus MacPhail and Ben Hecht soon add to this the complication that Constance begins to fall in love with John. Director Hitchcock tapped surrealist artist Salvador Dali to design the visually arresting dream sequences in the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Mystery
    Movie Level Themes
      Haunted By the Past, Amnesia, Doctors and Patients, Assumed Identities, Amateur Sleuths
    Movie Level Tones
      Disturbing, Tense, Gloomy, Hallucinatory, Literate, Atmospheric, Cerebral

    DVD Features

    • Commentary with author and film Professor Thomas Schatz & film Professor Charles Ramirez Berg
    • Dreaming with scissors: Hitchcock, surrealism, and Salvador Dali
    • Guilt by association by association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound
    • A Cinderella story: Rhonda Fleming
    • 1948 radio play
    • Hitchcock audio interview
    • Original theatrical trailer
    Awards
    • 1945--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Miklos Rozsa-Winner
    • 1945--New York Film Critics Circle, Ingrid Bergman-Winner
    AMG Rating

    Review

      Behind a veil of psychoanalytic babble lies a simple tale of murder in Alfred Hitchcock's popular thriller Spellbound. During the WWII era in which the film was released, it was heralded for its intellectual use of Freudian theories to solve a murder. In retrospect, however, the film reveals psychoanalytic ideas that are simplistic and obsolete to the point of becoming comical. In spite of this, Hitchcock's tremendous ability to create suspense remains a timeless one and the film's thriller elements, combined with a series of outstanding visuals, bring Spellbound within a notch of the director's best works. The psychological elements allowed Hitchcock to be creative visually and he went to the best, hiring artist Salvador Dali to design a series of incredibly eerie dream sequences. Sadly, only a few of Dali's wonderful creations made the final cut while the others were either lost or destroyed. Hitchcock often spoke of one particularly fantastic sequence in which a statue cracked and fell apart, revealing star Ingrid Bergman beneath it. Gregory Peck is a strong male lead playing the protagonist with a confused and cloudy mind, but Bergman steals the show as his love-struck shrink, a woman described by one of her peers as "a human glacier." Spellbound was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Chekhov), but went on to win for Miklos Rozsa's chilling score. Hitchcock's cameo arrives at the film's 38-minute mark, when the director can be seen exiting an elevator. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi


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