Alfred Hitchcock finally makes it to 4K Ultra HD in Australia, with one of his most revered works, obsession tale Vertigo. So, will it have you dizzy with delight, or fizzy with fright?
The story: If you’re new to Vertigo then we don’t want to spoil a thing about this captivating, twisting tale that serves as proof that Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t called ‘The Master of Suspense’ without good reason. At its simplest, after a San Francisco detective (James Stewart) retires early, his time is spent being fascinated by women – two in particular. This leads him into a dangerous spiral of obsession, made all the more of an issue due to his crippling acrophobia.
“Couldn’t you like me, just me the way I am?”
The 4K disc: A new restoration was completed for this 4K Ultra HD release, and it knocks it out of the park when compared to previous releases on DVD and even standard Blu-ray. The addition of HDR works wonders for the extremes of light and dark, and the incredible credits sequence by Saul Bass is even more of a joy to behold. Colour is wonderfully vivid and detail is at the fore in this translation of the glorious VistaVision classic to home screens, with minor grain present – as you’d hope – but not in any way obnoxious.
The audio has been dragged into the 21st century as well, afforded a DTS:X mix that, while mostly front-heavy, expands into surrounds on fitting occasions. Once again, the opening credits are a showcase, with the rest of Bernard Herrmann’s score also benefiting subtly throughout.
A collection of interesting extras is included on the 4K disc, and they’re mirrored on the included standard Blu-ray. This runs to three documentaries/featurettes, a classic interview exerpt of Hitchcock and François Truffaut, a couple of trailers, a foreign censorship ending and an audio commentary with The French Connection director William Friedkin
Release date: May 26, 2021
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.