Vertigo 4K Ultra HD

WSR Score4.5.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Alfred Hitchock
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Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" is the story of a former police detective, hired to follow an old friend's wife as he juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becomes obsessed with the hauntingly beautiful woman. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director William Friedkin, the featurettes "Obsessed Withe Vertigo: New Life For Hitchcock;s Masterpiece" (HD 29.18), "Partners In Crime: "Hitchcock's Collaborators" (HD 54:49) and "Hitchcock/Truffaut" (SD 15:20), Foreign Censorship Ending (SD 02:08), theatrical trailer, restoration theatrical trailer, "100 Years Of Universal: The Lot", BD-Live functionality and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Eastman film stock using the Mitchell VistaVision camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The film's grain structure is fine and never objectionable. The picture's colors are strongly saturated, vibrant and striking. Hues exhibit excellent brilliance and depth. The setting is San Francisco and vicinity. Exteriors are naturally portrayed with vibrant blue skies. Interiors exhibit hues that are warm and rich, such as the woods and reds in interior scenes and the clothes that dress a restaurant scene. Fleshtones are wonderfully rendered. HDR contrast is excellent with bright white levels, deep blacks, and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent as is image sharpness and clarity. This is a beautifully rendered picture with a strong color palette that does not disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is repurposed from the original monaural elements. Dialogue remains strongly frontal focused. Atmospherics are generally monaural, spread across the soundstage. Next to dialogue, the strongest element is Bernard Herrmann's masterful orchestral score, which dominates the soundstage and extends to the surrounds and the height layer. The element sounds monaural with the extension likewise, though, adding appreciable depth to the proceedings. The height layer extension is frontal and at a very low level. A few effects are heard in the height layer, such as a church bell. Overall, this is an effectively haunting soundtrack that perfectly complements the psychological tone. (Gary Reber)