Awesome and brilliant, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was recently restored, and its power is immense. Jimmy Stewart never did finer work, and Hitchcock’s masterpiece, though its meaning may be lost on many, reveals a man at his most obsessed — an apt metaphor for Hitch himself. The restored Vertigo features vibrant colors and a crystal clear soundtrack, but it’s the tale of James Stewart’s heights-fearing detective who gets caught up with the woman he’s investigating that makes Vertigo such a treat. Old San Francisco has never looked more devious, and Hitchcock has never been better.
DVD features numerous bonus features and remains a definitive collector’s item.
Review by Christopher Null © 1996 filmcritic.com