Ingrid Bergman, who also appears in Hitchcock’s Notorious with Cary Grant (also available on Blu-ray), did not play repressed sexuality very well. This and the fact Spellbound’ psychological mumbo-jumbo have not aged well should not stop you from enjoying this thriller. Spellbound, Notorious, and Rebecca (Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine) have been released on Blu-ray at the same time with the kind of special features Hitchcock fans will appreciate.
Spellbound is the Hitchcock movie Salvador Dali worked on, making for some very weird and original scenes and what this movie is best known for.
Dr. Petersen (Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manor Asylum. Her paternalistic male colleagues find her rather repressed and she is. This immediately changes when Dr. Edwardes (Gregory Peck) comes to the asylum to replace its current head. It soon becomes obvious all is not well with Edwardes.
Edwardes runs away but Petersen goes after him and decides to help cure him from whatever ails him. Soon the police are after the doctor and her patient. Petersen brings her patient / love interest to her mentor who figures out what is going on. There is a final confrontation and all is well that ends well.
Though it looks very good on Blu-ray this one is for Hitchcock or Ingrid Bergman fans only.
Special features include an interesting commentary track by two film professors, the 1948 radio play version, a feature on Salvador Dali’s contribution to Spellbound, a short on Rhonda Fleming, something about the psychology behind the movie, a 1948 interview with Hitchcock, and the usual trailer.