Rear Window The Birds Vertigo

  |  Buy to Own: 02/10/2006
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Triple bill Hitchcock compilation gives three of the best from the master of suspense. In 'Rear Window' (1954) Hitchcock playfully explores the role of the voyeur. After breaking his leg during a shoot, photo-journalist L.B. 'Jeff' Jeffries (James Stewart) is forced to spend a humid summer recuperating in his Greenwich Village apartment, peeping at his neighbours. His society girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) is exasperated and then alarmed when Jeff becomes obsessed with the notion that he's seen a murder. In 'The Birds' (1963) spoiled socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) pursues lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) to his Bodega Bay home after they meet in a bird shop. Melanie sails across the bay to deliver the gift of a lovebird to Mitch's young sister, only to be attacked by a gull on her way back. Soon random attacks on humans are taking place all over as birds of all varieties mass in their thousands overhead. 'Vertigo' (1958) is the classic study in obsession. After his fear of heights indirectly causes the death of a colleague, 'Frisco cop Scottie (James Stewart) retires. He's subsequently hired by magnate Gavin Elster to follow his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), as Elster fears for her life. Scottie becomes bewitched by Madeleine, falling in love with her after saving her from a suicide attempt. Then, when Scottie's vertigo prevents him saving Madeleine a second time he becomes obsessed with recreating the dead woman's image.