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Hitchcock DVD Collection - Dial M For Murder / I Confess / Stage Fright / The Wrong Man / Strangers On A Train / North By Northwest

Grace Kelly , Robert Cummings , Alfred Hitchcock    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Patrick Allen, Anthony Dawson
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00069MO9A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of six classic films directed by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In 'Strangers on a Train' (1951), Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) meet by chance in a train carriage. After some idle chat in which it transpires that each man has someone in their lives they would like to dispose of, Bruno proposes that he kills Guy's wife, in return for Guy murdering Bruno's father. Guy is appalled, but when his wife is murdered he realises that Bruno is intent on carrying out the 'deal' whether Guy wants to or not. 'Stage Fright' (1950) is set in London's theatreland. On the run from the police, Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd) takes refuge in the home of his former girlfriend, RADA student Eve Gill (Jane Wyman). Although Cooper has been spotted fleeing the scene of a murder, he insists that he is innocent. Eve believes his story, but knows that the police won't, so she decides to play detective herself. Marlene Dietrich co-stars as Charlotte Innwood, a seductive star of the stage whom Eve eventually pinpoints as the real murderer. In 'I Confess' (1953), Father Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift) faces a crisis of conscience when his caretaker, Otto Keller (O.E. Hasse), confesses to him that he has committed murder. Logan's dilemma intensifies when he himself comes under suspicion of the killing by police inspector Larrue (Karl Malden). Should Logan break with the sanctity of the confessional to prove his own innocence, or be hanged for a crime he did not commit? Hitchcock keeps us guessing till the very end... In 'Dial M For Murder' (1954), an adaptation of Frederick Knott's successful stage play, former tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) hatches a cunning plot to get rid of his socialite wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), when he discovers that she has been unfaithful. Wendice blackmails a corrupt former schoolmate into murdering Margot, but the fellow bungles the job, and Margot, having killed her would-be assailant in self-defence, then finds herself under suspicion of premeditated murder. In 'The Wrong Man' (1957), musician Manny Balestrero (Henry Fonda) finds himself imprisoned after being wrongly accused of theft. Allowed out on bail, Manny employs the services of lawyer Frank O'Connor (Anthony Quayle) in his defence, but the strain proves too much for Manny's wife, Rose (Vera Miles), who begins to crack up. Hitchcock follows police procedure rigidly in his account of Manny's arrest, interrogation and imprisonment, based on actual events. In 'North by Northwest' (1959), a masterful mix of comedy and suspense, advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is lunching in a restaurant with his mother when he mistakenly answers a page for one George Kaplan. He soon finds himself on the run across the country, being pursued by enemies of the government who are convinced that he is a secret agent. He finds a friend in Eve Kendall (Eve Marie Saint), who helps conceal him during a perilous train journey - but soon discovers that she is not all she seems.


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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hitchcock 13 Nov 2007
North by Northwest is one of Hitchcock's great thrillers. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint star. The mistaken identity plot plays well to Grants strengths as the man confused by the insistence of others that he is George Kaplan, the mysterious spy. The balance between thriller and comedy is very well judged. The look of this movie is the key to its success along with the many set pieces. The frantic struggle of Grant against the hood's attempts to pour a bottle of scotch down his throat conveys real violence and panic.

I Confess is better remembered for its star, Montgomery Clift, than as one of Hitchcock's great movies but it is still powerful stuff. The theme is a strong one that has been copied and adapted elsewhere. Clift's character has to wrestle with his conscience after a murderer reveals his crimes in the confessional. This could, in less experienced hands turn this into more of a melodrama

The Wrong Man - is based on the book The True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero by Maxwell Anderson. Henry Fonda is fantastic alongside and excellent Vera Miles never stooping to melodrama this is powerful stuff. Fonda clam insistence on his innocence with a certain lack of emotion, the bulk of which is focussed on Miles, is compelling.

I am a fan of Stage Fright for its atmosphere and tensions. It explores the common Hitchockian theme of the wanted man trying to prove his innocence. Eve Gill (Jane Wyman), an aspiring young actress, shelters a fellow acting student, Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd), from the police. He is suspected of murdering the husband of his mistress, Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich who plays the dangerous seductress that she so often played), he claims that he became implicated only when he tried to help Charlotte destroy the evidence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hitch's highs 4 Jan 2011
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the masters finest films are among this set and as such worth buying, super quality of transfer as well, a definate purchase, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock DVD boxset 26 Jun 2011
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As a lifelong admirer of Hitch's work this was a must have for me. Very occasionally, art and entertainment meet unforgettably on equal terms - Hitch's films are a blend in point - and in Hitch's case that overworked word "genius" is entirely appropriate. If, like me, you are a Hitch addict, acquiring this box set means you need never again suffer withdrawal symptoms. Even the colours - once fading sadly - have now been restored to pristine condition. All this, and only £1 per film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars cinema that is forever 29 Nov 2011
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Can't miss this collection. I can't talk about the genius of Mr Hitchcock but when I watch his film I get caught not by the story only but also by anything else that makes a film; here I can always understand the beauty of what Cinema is.
Informations about this box set are on hitchcockwiki website, by the way languages are English, Franch and Italian (IT is missing on *North by Northwest* only).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 25 Nov 2013
Had to get this for the wife for christmas as she is a big fan of the hitchcock films and.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great films from a great film-maker/ 28 July 2012
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All the films in this set are great to watch. There is a real selection of Hitchcock's different styles. There are films in black and white and colour in this set. My favourite is probably Strangers on a Train and North by Northwest. I Confess was probably the weakest for me.

Also, really enjoyed The wrong man - a really good film which I am sure to watch again, which was based on a true set of events.

Get this set if you can and want a good selection of Hitchcock films at a cheap price.
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