Although world famous for his suspense thrillers of later years, Hitchcock's early silent films are also of value and interest, especially the very first film he directed in 1925, namely "The Pleasure Garden". While not the same genre as his most famous movies of later years, this film has all the important qualities that made Hitchcock such a successful director. It is a drama about two young women working as dancing hall girls in a variety theatre called The Pleasure Garden, and although they look alike, their personalities could not be more different. One is a wholesome, honest girl of good, old-fashioned principles, and the other selfishly pursues fame, wealth and indulgent living, casting aside her fiancé from her old home town without a second thought. The story follows the fate of both, but in particular that of the nice girl who falls for a man who is no good. This is when some suspense and a few unexpected twists occur near the climax, culminating in a satisfying happy ending. Hitchcock balances the narrative of an interesting story with a study of human beings, their traits and personalities, as well as a playful dog that even has a small but significant and charming part. There are a few unusual and impressive camera angles or observations which show that Hitchcock had an eye for cinematography, as well as a good understanding of human nature and relationships already at this early stage of his career. The picture quality is quite good overall but does flicker somewhat and at times some images appear a little too light, which is common with films of this age. The music is a very good organ accompaniment in the traditional style for silent films, and adds to the enjoyment of this film. As a bonus, there is nearly one hour's worth of interviews with Hitchcock from mid to late 1960s television in which he talks about his early days and some of his first films. This DVD is very good value for money, and should be of special interest to both Hitchcock fans and general cinema enthusiasts, particularly because it is the first film by one of the century's greatest directors.