Rent Vertigo on DVD


1958 Rated PG 2hr 9m

One of Alfred Hitchcock's darkest and most compelling suspense films tells the story of police detective Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart), who has a crippling fear of heights -- and an all-consuming obsession with a married woman. When an old friend asks him to tail his wife (Kim Novak), Scottie is drawn into a vortex of deceit and murder. But that's only the beginning as a mesmerizing score draws Scottie to the film's haunting final shot.

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Movie Details

  • Top 100 Movies
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1959 Academy Award®
  • Best Sound nominee
  • Best Art Direction nominee
Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
Screen formats

Widescreen 1.85:1


French, Spanish (Neutral)

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Other features

This is the reason you bought a DVD player, right? Perfect sound and picture, audio commentary from the film's restorer's, the associate producer Herbert Coleman and additional notes from Laurent Beauzereau. An excellent documentary on the film's origins and restoration directed by Harrison Engle looks stunning on the disc.

There are stills, the film's trailer and an alternate ending that was actually used in some foreign countries. The menu design is not too creative (something could have been done with the swirling images from the Bass/Whitney designed title sequence) and this DVD contains all the elements originally created for the laserdisc, but this is just nitpicking. The DVD is excellent and worthy of its special edition title. Combined with Universal's special edition of Hitchcock's Psycho, the two films are an education in why Hitchcock remains the most gifted director of the century.