HITCHOCK’S “VERTIGO” RESTORED 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION SCREENINGS

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We are delighted to be releasing the beautiful 4K digital restoration (from the VistaVision negative) of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo theatrically from the 13th of July – and we want to share the new 60th Anniversary trailer and poster with you. Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, the all-time favourite of film critics and fans alike, Vertigo, will screen in Cannes Classics Cinema de la Plage on the 15th of May, before its 60th Anniversary release across the UK on the 13th of July. (Source: Park Circus)

Could a new blu ray be on its way this fall?!

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  1. Lord Dalek

    Unless they mean the separations, I'm not exactly sure if Park Circus knows what they're talking about when they say "VistaVision Negative".

    Why, are the original cut negatives faded beyond use, or unusable?

  2. Robin9

    I'd be very interested to hear Robert Harris' opinion of this "beautiful 4K digital restoration" as he knows this film and the elements so well.

    I’ve spoken with him, and his opinion is simple.

    Generally, it looks terrific. Still some niggling problems, and a bit a digital massaging to be done.

    Digital technology is able to dig deeper into a negative, and because of its size, grain does not seem to have been a problem.

    Is Harris happy with Universal’s work in this?

    Generally, yes!

  3. If a new disc does happen this year, a set of some new extras would be great! The stuff on the current disc is old, 1996 AMC documentary and so forth. We need something up to date.

  4. This sounds very intriguing. Is the tower sequence at the end still too light, like the Blu-ray? I recall RAH's commentary that 1958 Technicolor prints rendered those scenes darker, that Hitchcock wanted to emphasize flashes of jewelry, and that's what he went for in the 1996 restoration; the original DVD conveyed that.

    The opening rooftop scene also appeared too light in the Blu-ray. I'd be very interested to know if that has been corrected (although granted, these might be video mastering choices and not necessarily reflective of the actual studio master).

    Of course there's also the matter of the faded background in Bernard Herrmann's title card, color issues in some shots in the first museum scene and the tower finale, etc. And many of the fadeouts/fadeins appear too early/late on the Blu-ray.

  5. Robert Harris

    I’ve spoken with him, and his opinion is simple.[…]

    Richard Gallagher

    I'm happy to see that you are on speaking terms.

    Yes, but from my understanding, their words are "few"… 😉

  6. Robert Harris

    I’ve spoken with him, and his opinion is simple.[…]

    Richard Gallagher

    I'm happy to see that you are on speaking terms.

    Yes, but from my understanding, their words are "few"… 😉

  7. Fortunately, I do not suffer from any form of vertigo.
    A fear of heights, though, may be a different matter.
    Nonetheless, from where I stand, this new announcement has brought me to dizzying proportions.

  8. Fortunately, I do not suffer from any form of vertigo.
    A fear of heights, though, may be a different matter.
    Nonetheless, from where I stand, this new announcement has brought me to dizzying proportions.

  9. VERTIGO released in 4K UHD would be a real sensation!

    Any Hitchcock on UHD will be a day one buy for me, especially VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST and TO CATCH A THIEF.

    I fell in love with these classic Hitchcock pictures since the return of the five "missing" Hitchcock films in 1984. VERTIGO didn't look bad in 1984 when Universal / Mr. Pollock and Mr. Katz re-released the films, though. (15 years before the restoration of Mr. Harris and Mr. Katz)

    Mr. Katz and Mr. Pollock (former Executive VP of MCA and Chairman of Universal Pictures) discussed the restoration in Jan. 2017 after a screening of VERTIGO. (highly recommended)

    https://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock-events/expanded-hitchcock-vertigo/

  10. I have to agree and I would also want to see Vertigo be released on 4K UHD Blu-ray! This is something that is missing with 4K and that is classic titles! Correct me if I am wrong but there is no true classic titles in 4K UHD Blu-ray at this time other than Bridge Over River Kwai. When Vertigo is released on 4K Blu-ray it will be a must buy!

  11. Johannes S

    VERTIGO released in 4K UHD would be a real sensation!

    Any Hitchcock on UHD will be a day one buy for me, especially VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST and TO CATCH A THIEF.

    I fell in love with these classic Hitchcock pictures since the return of the five "missing" Hitchcock films in 1984. VERTIGO didn't look bad in 1984 when Universal / Mr. Pollock and Mr. Katz re-released the films, though. (15 years before the restoration of Mr. Harris and Mr. Katz)

    Mr. Katz and Mr. Pollock (former Executive VP of MCA and Chairman of Universal Pictures) discussed the restoration in Jan. 2017 after a screening of VERTIGO. (highly recommended)

    https://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock-events/expanded-hitchcock-vertigo/

    Mr Katz's memory has faltered a bit insofar as comments about the recording sessions of Bernard Herrmann's score. For example, Muir Mathieson conducted The Sinfonia of London [not the LSO]; and, later on, an unnamed orchestra comprised of the best musicians in Vienna. The VSO was not employed.

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