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4.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic quality transfers - in places!, 20 Nov 2012
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.