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Hitchcock (Blu-ray + UV Copy)

Anthony Hopkins , Helen Mirren , Sacha Gervasi    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette
  • Directors: Sacha Gervasi
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AYWBV2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When it was first announced that Anthony Hopkins was to take on the role of Alfred Hitchcock in a movie co-starring Helen Mirren, the immediate assumption was that awards, somewhere down the line, would follow. They didn't, though, and Hitchcock got lost in the midst of a busy Oscar race. Rediscovering it on disc, however, and there's no shortage of things to like in director Sacha Gervasi's interesting, diverting film.

Hitchcock centres its story around the making of the director's masterpiece, Psycho, and it's through this that Gervasi touches on the many qualities and frailties behind Alfred Hitchcock's public persona. The film explores, too, his marriage to his wife Alma, played by Mirren, and where she fits into the Psycho jigsaw. Hers is not an insignificant contribution.

In truth, Hitchcock is an uneven film, and a surprisingly unambitious one in terms of the story that it wants to tell. But it does still have plenty going for it, not least the strength of its acting ensemble. Hopkins is excellent in the title role, and Helen Mirren too emerges with a lot of credit. Able support come from Scarlett Johansson, too. And when you're done with the film, there's much of interest in the extra features too.

So, perhaps it was right that Hitchcock the movie didn't bother the Oscars too much, although Anthony Hopkins does feel a little overlooked. But the film itself, and the disc it's on, are both worth a look. --Jon Foster

Product Description

Oscar® Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema’s most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won’t back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he sets out to make the film. Ultimately, Hitch wins Alma over, and the two collaborate to create an enduring masterpiece--Psycho. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Jessica Biel.

“Dame Helen is Hitch-perfect”--Metro 4 out of 5 stars
"The movie comes with an enjoyment factor as huge as the late, great director himself... The master of suspense would, you suspect, approve”--Daily Mirror 4 out of 5 stars
“A brilliant Hopkins makes a fully rounded Hitch”--Independent ‘I’

Special Features:
  • Audio Description
  • Audio Commentary with Sacha Gervasi and Stephen Rebello
  • Deleted Scene
  • Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock
  • Obsessed with Hitchcock
  • Sacha Gervasi's Behind the Scenes Cell Phone Footage (15 cert.)
  • Hitchcock Cell Phone PSA
  • The Story
  • The Cast
  • Danny Elfman Maestro
  • Hitch and Alma
  • Remembering Hitchcock

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock: The Alma Reville Story 10 July 2013
Format:DVD
The opening scene of Hitchcock is smart, wicked and dryly funny. It promises something which most of what follows doesn't deliver. Hitchcock, alas, isn't an intriguing biopic or sharp black comedy, both of which it could have been, but a light romantic drama. Why? I don't know. Maybe the producers wanted it to be more marketable. The tagline gives the film's ambitions away: "behind every Psycho is a great woman". It's more about Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, and her (alleged?) temptation by the novelist Whitfield Cook. Though it's not as bad, Hitchcock the film has the same flaws as Sylvia, the 2003 biopic of Sylvia Plath: it's just a brightly coloured period piece propelled by a weak soap opera plot. While it's nice that the film acknowledges Alma's relevance to Hitchcock's work, which I'm sure was very considerable, this is a story about the making of Psycho, one of the most important thrillers in cinema, yet it's explored on the level of a Hugh Grant rom com. The best bits are when Hitchcock imagines the life of Ed Gein, the serial killer whose crimes Psycho was inspired by, and "interacts" with him. These scenes have a dark, macabre energy, which are then deflated by scenes of Alma being tempted by Cook, which outnumber the former scenes 2 to 1. Apparently the filmmakers thought we'd be more interested in a hackneyed "will they/won't they" plot than the dreams and obsessions of a historical figure.

As a biopic, however, what raises Hitchcock above the likes of Sylvia is its excellent cast. Anthony Hopkins is so good as Alfred Hitchcock that I forgot I was watching the former and not the latter. The makeup and costuming's great, of course, but what really distinguishes this performance, I think, is the voice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A polished comedy-drama, shame about the fiction 14 Feb 2014
Format:DVD
The best thing that can be said about Hitchcock (2012) is that it entirely succeeds in doing what it sets out to do, and for most viewers that will be enough. A comedy-drama about the world’s best known director focusing on his marriage with Alma Reville and told within the frame of the making of the director’s most iconic masterpiece, Psycho (1960) - the film is a fascinating proposition, especially as it gives Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren the chance to act together on screen for the very first time. I sat back and thoroughly enjoyed the succession of well-written scenes (a John J. McLaughlin adaptation of a Stephen Rebello book) which take in the atrocities of Ed Gein (the real life serial killer inspiration for the Robert Bloch book which Hitch co-opted) to black-comic effect before laying out the film’s central marriage in a convincing manner. Hopkins and Mirren strut their stuff, striking sparks off each other magnificently. She tries valiantly to distract his attention from every blonde that comes near while keeping his paws away from the bar and out of the fridge. He comprehensively ignores her inner emotional needs indulging in petty egoism and childish jealousy. A compulsive eater and drinker as well as closet voyeur, Hopkins positively delights in playing the ‘great’ man (as great in girth as in talent) with all his tell-tale foibles well to the fore. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable with excellent acting 10 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent casting of Anthony Hopkins & Helen Mirren. We enjoyed the TV documentary more which detailed more into his personal life and how his obsession was with his lead ladies, however this didn't detract our enjoyment of this version, it was different and well worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Personal Story 22 Sep 2013
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
'Hitchcock', the film, was a great surprise. It did not seem like a film, Iwould enjoy, but the actors, anthony Hopkns ( who by the way, bears a remarkablee likeness in speech, walk, actions and looks ) and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.

What we have in this film, is the personal side of life of Hitchcock and his wife. At one point Alma tells someone that Hitch worked for her, she was the boss. She is, in fact, the unheralded writer and fixer of his scripts. She was beautiful and sexy, and, even thought appears their marriage had grown sexless, they were devoted to each other.

The film is also about the making if films in the 'old' days of the studio systems of x-rating and looking at every aspect of the film. Hitchcock was having a dry period in filming, and found a script he liked about a serial killer, which turned into 'Pyscho'. The studio hated the idea, Alma found the subject gross, but Hitchcok was adamant. He had to mortgage their belived home and pool. It says a great deal that Alma agreed to this. Her home was truly her castle. The making of the film and the underlying pinnings of Hitchcock's attractions to his lady stars, is a large part of this film. We are also left to wonder if Alma went astray from time to time.

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren turn in extraordinary performances. I liked this film a great deal

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-22-13
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Great film and great acting. I now have a different view of Hitchcock and the part that his wife played in the making of his films
Published 26 days ago by pwoolly48
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewing
Excellent portrayal by Antony Hopkins who took on the total persona of Hitchcock. Helen Mirren - as always could not fail to please
Published 27 days ago by Daphne Field
3.0 out of 5 stars Good evening
Alfred Hitchcock is rightly regarded as one of the greatest movie directors of all time, and "Psycho" is rightly regarded as one of his greatest films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary Hitchcock
Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins both gave very good performances but something was lacking for my taste. A bit disappointing.
Published 2 months ago by Eve Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Grand evening's entertainment. Saw the television Hitchcock and thought this one might be a pale imitation. Totally different viewpoint, beautifully acted and thoroughly engaging
Published 2 months ago by Gill Corlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock DVD
Arrived safely packed well have not watched it yet but saw the film and enjoyed or so will enjoy this
Published 2 months ago by Linda Murray
2.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
I thought the film was a biography of Alfred Hitcock, instead the whole film focused on the film phsyco and how it was made, the problems etc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
Delivery OK. The plot is interesting and I like the film. A bit dry to my taste. Fabulous actors! Will keep this in my collection of DVDs.
Published 3 months ago by Sari
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Insightful
I thoroughly enjoyed "Hitchcock", a film about the making of the horror classic "Psycho". Anthony Hopkins simply is Alfred Hitchcock and there is a great on screen chemistry... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars blindin hitchcock
Thought this film was superb really enjoyed it even though i thought it was,nt my sort of film but boy was i wrong ,,A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock... Read more
Published 4 months ago by degoona
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