James Stewart Collection (Box Set) (DVD)

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James Stewart Collection (Box Set) (DVD)

Five features. 'Vertigo' is Alfred Hitchcock's haunting tale of deception, madness, and death a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety. The film...

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published 07/05/2007 | vancouver12
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Pro He presents a man of quiet sincerity
Cons He plays himself in all roles
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"The James Stewart Collection"

This collection featuring the actor James Stewart showcases all that
is sincere in his body of work. Vertigo ( an alfred hitchcock vehicle)
is a money that signposts the maincharacters inadequecies but
it gets turned around to his advantage.
James Stewart played great men such as Glen Miller in the Glen
Miller Story or as flyer in the Spirit in St. Louis. He was an accredited
pilot who signed up for world war 2.
His forays into the classic western still stand as in Shenendoah
where he tries to hold a family together while being pursued by both
sides during the American civil war.
He can do light and sweet as in - Harvey, the classic well-known-
It's a wonderful life. His style is one quiet sincerity.

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  • Soho_Black published 23/01/2009
    Re-rated based on Ciao's insistence that such reviews are no longer considered "Off Topic"
  • Soho_Black published 16/05/2007
    I see you've posted this as a DVD review, but you've not mentioned the DVD. Are there any extras? If so, what are they and are they any good? If you add to this, or if you change it to be posted as a "Film Only" review, which can be done by accessing "edit review" above the review and changing the drop down menu under the "Which format are you reviewing?" question at the bottom, please let me know and I'll re-rate.
  • Bens__mummy published 08/05/2007
    As others have said.
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Five features. 'Vertigo' is Alfred Hitchcock's haunting tale of deception, madness, and death a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety. The film ranks with REAR WINDOW as one of the director's most closely studied films for its psychological complexity, while the obsession of its protagonist John Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) can also be seen to parallel that of Hitchcock's own fascination with the icy-blonde leading lady he re-created at the centre of so many of his films. Ferguson is a retired detective, his career ended by the onset of a paralysing fear of heights. An old friend, the wealthy Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), whom, he explains, has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers. The assignment, however, draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer and into a complex web of intrigue, mingled with the detective's own fantasies and fears. Stewart gives an exceptional performance as the disintegrating detective, while Novak, who was left largely undirected by Hitchcock, conveys a subtle and powerful psychological journey. Another star of the film is its San Francisco setting. VERTIGO is considered one of Hitchcock's most complex, finest films. Also includes 'Rear Window', 'Harvey', 'Winchester '73' and 'Destry Rides Again'.

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