The windowboxed and anamorphically enhanced 1.66:1 DVD cannot hide its age, but otherwise is a good restoration (restoration produced by Robert A. Harris and James Katz). As revealed in the documentary, the color scheme is refined and images are smooth and solid compared to the original elements. Colors are rich, with fleshtones appearing a bit brownish at times. Blacks are deep and solid throughout. While the image can be quite satisfying in terms of sharpness, many scenes are slightly smeared. Film grain and artifacts are revealed throughout, but fans should be pleased with the transfer. (Suzanne Hodges)
After installing Rear Window's DVD-ROM components, I was horrified to find only one special feature available to us DVD-ROM users. This feature: a measly little Screenplay. Now, do not get me wrong, I love seeing screenplays available with titles, but this one does not even have anything extraordinarily special to it. There are some words that make up the script, and a box that holds the video. Even the colors picked are bland and boring. Well, there really is not much to say, except to restate that I am very disappointed. I have never actually seen the film, but from its fame, and the brilliance of its director, I imagined someone would have wanted to keep up the legacy with some great DVD-ROM features. (Danny Richelieu)
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