Alfred Hitchcock is known for his cool blondes and in these three new Blu-ray releases — Notorious, Spellbound, and Rebecca — the master of suspense cast two fair-haired actresses in the starring roles: Ingrid Bergman and Joan Fontaine. So if you are a fan of thriller movies filled with murder, and mayhem and icy blondes, check out these outstanding Hitchcock films now on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Notorious, a spy drama, ranks as one of Hitchcock’s best films. It is the story of troubled beauty Alicia Huberman (Bergman), who is recruited by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to infiltrate a German spy ring in postwar Rio, she accepts, but soon finds herself falling in love with Devlin. And when she receives orders to seduce a Nazi kingpin (Claude Rains), Alicia must sacrifice the only happiness she’s ever known for a perilous mission that could ultimately cost her and Devlin their lives.
Spellbound, a psychological thriller, won an Academy Award for its score by Miklos Rosza and a haunting dream sequence by Salvador Dali. In it, Dr. Constance Peterson (Bergman) is a dedicated psychiatrist who puts all her passion into her work — until she falls in love with Dr. Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Edwardes is an impostor — an amnesiac — who may or may not be a cold-blooded murderer. Pursued by the police, Constance must decide whether to turn in her mysterious lover…or risk her life by trying to unlock the dark secrets in his mind.
For his first American film, Hitchcock teamed up with producer David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind) to create a romantic thriller that won the Academy Award® for Best Picture. Based on the classic Daphne Du Maurier‘s novel, this dark tale of fatal obsession features Laurence Olivier, Fontaine and Judith Anderson.
After a whirlwind romance, mysterious widower Maxim de Winter (Olivier) brings his shy, young bride (Fontaine) home to his imposing estate, Manderley. But the new Mrs. de Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of Maxim’s late wife: the brilliant, ravishingly beautiful Rebecca, who, she suspects, still rules both Manderley and Maxim from beyond the grave!