Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2012


"Spellbound" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson



When handsome Dr. Edwardes (Peck) arrives at Green Manors Psychiatric Hospital to replace Dr. Murchison (Carroll) as Chief of the hospital, Dr. Constance Petersen (Bergman) falls in love with him. But there is something very strange about his behavior, and Constance discovers that Dr. Edwardes is not who he says he is, and also does not remember what his real name is. When the real Dr. Edwardes is found dead, Constance and "Dr. Edwardes" go on the run, and she takes him to an old friend, also a psychiatrist, to try and unravel the mystery of who "Dr. Edwardes" is, and more importantly, who murdered the real Dr. Edwardes.


  • MGM
  • 1945, B&W, Not Rated, 1 Hr 58 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Codec: AVC @ 38Mbps
  • 1080p
  • English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Leo G. Carroll
  • Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's best, and it was made at the height of his career. His female love interests were always blondes, and always beautiful, as Bergman was certainly, in 1945. The story is gripping, the photography a visual feast, and the surprise ending is typical Hitchcock. The film had six Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won for Best Music Score (by Miklós Rózsa).


This is a gorgeous restoration considering the age of the film, and the producers did not hold back, at 38MBps bit rate. The sound is mono, but the film needs no surrround sound. The movie is black & white, but this medium allows for so much more manipulation of light and shadow than color, it is the format most suitable for this masterful storyteller. There are two very upfront special effects: one by Salvador Dali, and the other in the climax to the story.


These include Dreaming with Scissors, Guilt by Assocation, and other things. If you are a Hitchcock fan, this disc is a must-have.