Cover image for Rebecca
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Criterion Collection, [2001]

Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death.
General Note:
Black and white monaural.

For specific features see interactive menu.
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DVD 2596 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 2596 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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Gothic tale of a young bride who finds her home and her marriage haunted by the presence of her husband's deceased first wife. This edition contains the following supplements: commentary by film scholar Leonard J. Leff, author of Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood ; isolated music and effects track ; rare screen, hair, makeup and costume tests including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter, Loretta Young, Margaret Sullavan, and Joan Fontaine ; Hitchcock on Rebecca, excerpts from his conversations with Francois Truffaut ; phone interviews with stars Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson from 1986 ; hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the film's production from location scouting, set photos, and wardrobe continuity to ads, posters, and promotional memorabilia ; production correspondence and casting notes ; deleted scene script excerpts ; 1939 test screening questionnaire ; essay on Rebecca author Daphne du Maurier ; footage from the 1940 13th Annual Academy Awards ceremony ; re-issue trailer ; Three hours of complete radio show adaptations: 1938 Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre broadcast, including an interview with Daphne du Maurier, 1941 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Ronald Colman and Ida Lupino, including an interview with David O. Selznick, 1950 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh ; 22-page booklet, including liner notes by Robin Wood, author of Hitchcock's Films and Hitchcock's Films Revisited, and George Turner's essay "Du Maurier + Selznick + Hitchcock = Rebecca".


Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, the classic psychological thriller Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock's first American film. Joan Fontaine plays the unnamed narrator, a young woman who works as a companion to the well-to-do Mrs. Van Hopper (Florence Bates). She meets the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) in Monte Carlo, where they fall in love and get married. Maxim takes his new bride to Manderlay, a large country estate in Cornwall. However, the mansion's many servants refuse to accept her as the new lady of the house. They seem to be loyal to Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, who died under mysterious circumstances. Particularly cruel to her is the prim housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), who is obsessed with Rebecca. She continually attests to her beauty and virtues (referring to her as "the real Mrs. de Winter") and even preserves her former bedroom as a shrine. The new Mrs. de Winter is nearly driven to madness as she begins to doubt her relationship with her husband and the presence of Rebecca starts to haunt her. Eventually, an investigation leads to the revelation about Rebecca's true nature. Producer David O. Selznick had the final cut of the picture, which was drastically altered from Hitchcock's original vision. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi