Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Rope DVD (1948)

Hitchcock enters the colour film era (he returned to black and white for "Strangers on a Train"), with this technically and socially bold movie. It's not one of his more popular films, but fans of it will be delighted with the release it gets on DVD.

Made back in 1948, it's important to remember just how primitive the Technicolor process was back then. The resulting picture on the DVD is by those standards quite astonishing. Clear, bright, and detailed, it's remarkably fresh looking. The very muted colour scheme that Hitch used for the sets and costumes helps keep the bleed to a minimum, but Universal are to be congratulated nonetheless.

The 2.0 mono mix is not as good because distortion creeps into the music, but it's still a clear and reasonably strong effort.

For those of you that are hoping for loads of technical information on how the complex camera and set movements were co-ordinated, you'll not find them in the 'making of' documentary included on the disc. As screenwriter Arthur Laurents points out, he does not think that the technical issues are important when watching "Rope". He's more interested in how the movie was clearly about homosexuality, but that no-one at the time could discuss it.

Long time Hitchcock collaborator Hume Cronyn also concentrates on discussing the script, with Farley Granger chipping in with the odd comment on the cast and working with Hitch. It's a fascinating 35 minutes and if you still yearn to know more about the production, you'll find a large selection of behind-the-scenes photos in the image gallery.

Not only does this DVD showcase "Rope" like never before, but it also helps lend understanding to just how ground-breaking this film was for its time.

Chapters: 18
Region: 2
Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, 'Rope Unleashed' making of documentary, art gallery, trailer compilation, original theatrical trailer, multiple languages, subtitles.

End Credits

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn

Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Joan Chandler, Edith Evanson, Douglas Dick, Dick Hogan

Genre: Thriller

Length: 80 minutes

Cinema: 1948

DVD: 18 June 2001

Country: USA