Continuing in the Hitchcock vein, Universal has reissued three of the auteur’s finest films in deluxe two-disc sets packed to the gills with extras. If I had to pick a single Hitchcock flick to own, I’d say Rear Window in a heartbeat. The film is a master class in movie making art, reflecting on the voyeuristic nature of film itself, exposing the audience’s complicity in that very voyeurism. There’s hardly a more frightening moment in film than when Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) looks straight out at the window at L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) and us the audience, knowing that he’s been seen and that we know of his guilt. Not a single drop of blood or a scream. Just a look. That’s the Hitchcock genius. These Legacy Series discs come with in-depth documentaries detailing the making of the films and make these sets worth owning even if you already have DVDs of these movies.
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