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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Limited Edition [Blu-ray] [1942] [Region Free]

Alfred Hitchcock    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
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Product details

  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: CLV
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1TNCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,330 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The Ultimate Collection of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films, including Vertigo, Frenzy, Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds, come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever in perfect High-Definition picture and sound.

With hours of bonus features, a collectible 15 page hardback book, art cards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs and more.

Full titles list:

Saboteur (1942) - Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of a fire that killed his best friend.
Bonus Features: Saboteur: A Closer Look, Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence , Alfred Hitchcock’s Sketches , Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he initially seemed to be.
Bonus Features: Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film, Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle, Production Photographs , Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.

Rope (1948) - Two young men strangle their classmate, hide his body in their apartment and invite his closest friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
Bonus Features: Rope Unleashed , Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.

Rear Window (1954) - A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his window and becomes convinced one of them has committed a serious murder.
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, BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu-ray Exclusive).
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin.

The Trouble with Harry (1955) - The trouble with Harry is that everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body.
Bonus Features: The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.
 
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - A family holidaying in Morocco stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.
Bonus Features: The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much, Production Photographs, Trailers.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin.

Vertigo (1958) - A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the activities of an old friend's wife, whilst becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
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).
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin.

Psycho (1960) - A young woman steals $40,000 from her client and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor who has been too long under the presence and domination of his mother.
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).
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, Cantonese, Traditional Mandarin, Korean.

The Birds (1963) - A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a Northern California town that takes a bizarre turn when birds of all kinds begin to attack people in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
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).
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin.

Marnie (1964) - Mark marries Marnie, although she is a thief and possesses serious psychological problems, Mark tries to help her confront and resolve the issues.
Bonus Features: The Trouble with Marnie, The Marnie Archives, Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.

Torn Curtain (1966) - An American scientist defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and has to figure out a plan to escape back West.
Bonus Features: Torn Curtain Rising, Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish.

Topaz (1969) - A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in Cold War politics first uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up a Russian spy ring.
Bonus Features: Alternate Endings, Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin, Storyboards: The Mendozas, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, Latin American Spanish, Canadian French.

Frenzy (1972) - A serial killer is murdering women in London with a necktie, the police have a suspect but he isn't the correct man…
Bonus Features: The Story of Frenzy, Production Photographs , Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.

Family Plot (1976) - Suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while following a missing heir in California.
Bonus Features: Plotting Family Plot, Storyboards: The Chase Scene, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer.
Languages subtitled:
English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure box 2 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have only just got this fabulous set but I want to say acouple of things.

This is all the UNIVERSAL Hitchcocks. It has everything from Rear Window onwards apart from To Catch a Thief, The Wrong Man and North by Northwest which were not Universal.

It's absolutely essential as it's the first time The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain and Topaz have been released in the UK in the correct format. The older issues of The Bird, Marnie and Tirb Curtian had the sides chopped off to make 4:3 old TV style pictures. Topaz was a 4:3 image but showed the full frame rather than the masked wide screen picture that you should see so you get mike booms nad things you shouldn't see. These films were shot on a 4:3 negative with the intntion of being masked to make a widescreen image in the cinema.

Most important - I feel that Marnie is the best quality we are likely to get here. I have known this film well since seeing it at the BFI in 1972 and this looks right. I think some things people are saying are grainy or fuzzy are actually shots using gauzes and soft focus effects - mainly close ups. On the opening shot you can see the effect of the gauze when the camera pulls out to long shot. In the 6os such effects were common in closer ups.

I might be wrong but I don't think we'll ever see these looking better.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic quality transfers - in places! 20 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A smartly packaged box set that feels like good quality. The paper extras in the back envelope are nice, especially the movie poster cards, but you probably won't look at them more than once.

A lot has been said about the variable quality of the blu-ray transfers of these films and I have to agree.

For most of the films, the transfers are good and some are fantastic, but unfortunately, others are awful.

When you see Vertigo, for example, the colours and sharpness are AMAZING - it takes your breath away to see that classic film looking so good and almost makes up for other deficiencies in the other films.

The very early films such as Saboteur and Shadow of a Doubt look great too - impressive for 1940s films, which makes it all the more disappointing that much later films such as Family Plot look awful in places.

Family Plot is probably the worst transfer and the trailer for that film in the extras is much better quality than the film itself. I guess that's from the DVD version! But Frenzy, from roughly the same period, looks great. Doesn't make sense.

Marnie is very grainy and Torn Curtain suffers from the same problem until it has outside scenes, which are sharp, strangely.

Luckily, the best films - Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho, The Birds - do look very good, so I can live with the fact that lesser films like Family Plot are so poor.

It's a shame that not more of Hitchcock's classic are included - North by North West, Dial M for Murder, Strangers on a Train for example - but I guess this is down to copyright issues and different studios being involved.

All in all, I would recommend the box set, but it has its limitations. If all of these films had received the same incredible transfers that some of the films have got, then it would have been a truly outstanding box set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By lucas
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It is probably pointless to order "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection" now that Universal launched a new box set,
"The Ultimate Filmmaker Collection". The new set costs almost 20 less than the old one ( prices at the date of this review)
and it has two more films, "To Catch a Thief" and "North by Northwest".

This is the reason why I rated "The Masterpiece" as three stars, although it is really a five stars set. The point is, how could I write a review recommending "Masterpiece" if there is a new set that is better ?
Reviews about films on Amazon are supposed to be a guide that might help customers to decide about ordering a product or not.
If you don't already have the set "The Masterpiece Collection", then there is no doubt that it is better to order "The Ultimate Filmmaker Collection".

If you already have the first set and is considering to get the second, newest one then you could always make an excellent Christmas present of the first set or donate
it to charity. I thought in sell my old set and checked Momox but the price they pay for it is surrealist: 2.32

Here I will outline the main differences between both sets, hoping that the information will be useful to other customers.

1. "The Ultimate" has two more films, "To Catch a Thief" and "North by Northwest". The quality of images is very good but the night scenes of "To Catch a Thief" are green...
The disc "To Catch a Thief" has no label with photo of the film, what singles it out from all other discs. That was some sloppy work of Universal.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good set 18 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Despite what all the doom mongers have been saying about this set, this is the best presentation of these films on home video yet (and maybe ever). They have even reinstated the Paramount/VistaVision logos on The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo. All movies are in their correct aspect ratio except for Rear Window which suffers from the bogus 1.66:1 syndrome which seems to afflict too many companies these days (it should be 1.75 or 1.85:1, or full 16x9 anyway).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This was a gift I ordered last minute due to another buyer letting me down. However when I ordered it, it was dispatched promptly and was with me in two days. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Luke Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great collectors edition !
This is awesome. It's a beautiful book with the Blu in it. The quality of the films are great. I've read some people complaining about some titles which are according to them crap;... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Valdemar Vangeel
5.0 out of 5 stars You got to have this!
Awesome package for a awesome collection of classics. Trust me, you wont regret! Hitchcock is the Master and this set is a must have for all movie fans.
Published 12 months ago by Rogerio Boechat
5.0 out of 5 stars They say Masterpiece and that it is.
Alfred fans you can't go past this, at Amazon's price to still can't be beaten from where I have researched. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Luc Renoux
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully packaged set od classics!
This set was not available in the US. The same discs are available in a smaller, less unique package, but this set, with the bird art and the beautiful book was a no-brainer for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kurt Reichenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must-Have
Not just for the beautiful design but a fantastic collection in BluRay nonetheless.

I have not viewed the whole BD set but quality so far is good although I am not as... Read more
Published 14 months ago by SusanoWo
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
For Hitchcock fans this box is a must have. nicely done, individualy mumbered and just looks really nice on the shelf.
Published 14 months ago by Mikkel Graugaard Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect addition!
I live in Brazil and I was going to Las Vegas. Instead of buying the American version of this box, I decided to buy this one, have it delivered to the US, and it was still CHEAPER... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Renata C P Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Is't possible to have a photo in HQ of the back cover?
Is't possible to have a photo in HQ of the back cover of the box? Many Thanks and Best Regards
Published 17 months ago by alexsessantatre
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every pound
worth every pound. Brilliant quality. great wrapping. perfect item for collectors. I bought it for my friend who is a big fan of Hitchcock and a movie collector and he was blown... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aly Khalil
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