Vertigo: Collector's Edition
Believed to be the greatest Hitchcock film of all time by a consensus of film historians, the 1958 Vertigo is a monumental cinematic achievement even though the slower pace of the film and dearth of spine-tingling suspense has left many Master of Suspense fans a little confused. Jimmy Stewart stars as a San Francisco private detective who is hired by an old friend to follow his wife (Kim Novak), whom he believes to be possessed by an ancestral ghost but, as in many Hitch-flicks, all is not what it seems. The print painstakingly restored to its original theatrical condition is gorgeous, and the numerous extras include a commentary by associate producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team members Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and others; the American Movie Classics documentary "Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece"; the alternate ending from censored foreign editions; storyboards, production drawings, production photographs, and advertising materials. The use of Saul Bass's original theatrical poster for the first edition's box-cover art was a nice touch (shame to see it go, really).