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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)
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Release Date:

October 30,2012

While obviously not THE definitive collection of The Masters work, Universal's Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is definitely a must own for cine-files, fans of Hitchcock or anyone who wants to watch an amazing director at the top of his game. While the vast majority of the films considered Hitchcocks master works are included, some of his earlier works like The 39 Steps, Rebacca, The Lady Vanishes, and Strangers On A Train would have been worthwhile additions (I'm sure there are a wide variety of rights issues that would have to be worked out for those to have been included).

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection does contain enough cinematic magic to keep fans busy for months! From the crop duster chase in North By Northwest, to the shower scene in Pyscho, viewers will be enthralled by the directors attention to detail, mastery of camera movement, and constant sense of tension.

Additionally, for people who may have only had exposure to the Masters most viewed films, the inclusion of Rope, Saboteur and Shadow Of A Doubt will give newbies an awesome look into the wide range of Hitchcocks work and storytelling abilities.

A few minor quibbles, a couple of the films almost look as if they are being presented on DVD and while there are a ton of special features, most of them are wrapped around only a few seminal films.

Overall, in a year that has brought Jaws, ET and the Indiana Jones films to the blu-ray format, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is one of the years best releases and a definite must own!

Fifteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock come together on Blu-rayTM for the first time ever when Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is released on September 25, 2012 for a limited time only. Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This ultimate collector’s set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray,TM a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more.

Spanning three-and-a-half decades of the director’s prolific career, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes the classic thrillers The films feature performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Sean Connery.
One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards®, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI’s prestigious “100 Years...100 Movies” list.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is the ideal gift for film lovers, Hitchcock fans—or anyone who wants to discover for themselves what makes him the undisputed Master of Suspense.

Films Included are:

Saboteur (1942)
This riveting wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as a factory worker who is falsely accused of sabotage and sets off on a desperate, action-packed cross-country chase to clear his name.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
This thriller about a young woman (Teresa Wright) who comes to suspect that the uncle (Joseph Cotton) she idolizes may in fact be a murderer was considered Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorite.

Rope (1948)
Two friends strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim's family and friends while their former teacher (James Stewart) becomes increasingly suspicious that his students have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.

Rear Window (1954)
James Stewart and Grace Kelly star in this voyeuristic masterpiece about a photographer who becomes obsessed with watching his neighbors and discovers a possible murder.

The Trouble with Harry (1955)
While no one really minds that Harry is dead, everyone has a different idea about what should be done with his body in this quirky mystery starring Shirley MacLaine and John Forsythe.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
James Stewart and Doris Day star as a vacationing American couple who accidentally become involved in an international assassination plot and must take matters into their own hands after their son is kidnapped.

Vertigo (1958)
James Stewart and Kim Novak star in this dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder involving an acrophobic detective and the mysterious blonde he rescues from the San Francisco bay.

North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint star in this edge-of-your-seat thriller about an adman who gets plunged into a realm of spy and counterspy and is abducted, framed for murder, chased and crop-dusted.

Psycho (1960)
Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh star in this shocking classic about an unsuspecting visitor to the Bates Motel who falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths, Norman Bates.

The Birds (1963)
‘Tippi’ Hedren and Rod Taylor star in this horrific tale of nature gone berserk when thousands of birds flock into a seaside town and terrorize the residents in a series of deadly attacks.

Marnie (1964)
‘Tippi’ Hedren stars as Marnie, a compulsive liar and thief, who winds up marrying the very man (Sean Connery) she attempts to rob in this psychological thriller that races to an inescapable conclusion.

Torn Curtain (1966)
Paul Newman and Julie Andrews star in this action-packed thriller about a world-famous scientist who goes undercover to get top-secret information and ends up running for his life from enemy agents.

Topaz (1969)
John Forsythe stars as an American CIA agent who hires a French operative to travel to Cuba and investigate rumors of Russian missiles and a spy codenamed “Topaz”.

Frenzy (1972)
In this morbid blend of horror and wit, the “Necktie Murderer” has the London Police on red alert and an innocent man (Jon Finch) is on a desperate quest to find the real criminal and clear his own name.

Family Plot (1976)
Chaos ensues in this suspense-comedy when a phony psychic and her not-so-bright boyfriend cross paths with a slick diamond merchant and his beautiful girlfriend.

Speacial Features

Features

BONUS FEATURES:
Saboteur (1942)
Bonus Features:
• Saboteur: A Closer Look
• Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence
• Alfred Hitchcock’s Sketches
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Bonus Features:
• Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film
• Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

Rope (1948)
Bonus Features:
• Rope Unleashed
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

Rear Window (1954)
Bonus Features:
• Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
• A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
• Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
• Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Masters of Cinema
• Feature Commentary with John Fawell, author of Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer
• Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
• Blu-ray exclusives: BD Live, Pocket Blu

The Trouble with Harry (1955) Bonus Features:

• The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Bonus Features:
• The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
• Production Photographs
• Trailers

Vertigo (1958)
Bonus Features:
• Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
• Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Foreign Censorship Ending
• The Vertigo Archives
• Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and
James C. Katz, and Other Vertigo Participants
• Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
• 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
• Theatrical Trailer
• Restoration Theatrical Trailer
• BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu-ray Exclusive)

North by Northwest (1959)
Bonus Features:
• Feature Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
• The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
• Cary Grant: A Class Apart
• North by Northwest: One for the Ages
• Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
• Music-only audio track
• Stills gallery
• Theatrical trailers and TV spot

Psycho (1960)
Bonus Features:
• The Making of Psycho
• Psycho Sound
• In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
• Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
• The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
• The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
• The Psycho Archives
• Posters and Psycho Ads
• Lobby Cards
• Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer
• Re-release Trailers
• Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho)

The Birds (1963)
Bonus Features:
• Deleted Scene
• Original Ending
• The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie – New! (Blu-ray Exclusive)
• All About The Birds
• Storyboards
• Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
• Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
• Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
• Production Photographs
• 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
• 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
• Theatrical Trailer
• BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Marnie (1964)
Bonus Features:
• The Trouble with Marnie
• The Marnie Archives
• Theatrical Trailer

Torn Curtain (1966)
Bonus Features:
• Torn Curtain Rising
• Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

Topaz (1969)
Bonus Features:
• Alternate Endings
• Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin • Storyboards: The Mendozas
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

Frenzy (1972)
Bonus Features:
• The Story of Frenzy
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

Family Plot (1976) Bonus Features:
• Plotting Family Plot Storyboards: The Chase Scene
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailer

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