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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 12 November 2012
Beautifully presented set in gorgeous box with original movie poster pictures on each side of the pages. Presented as a book with very strong cardboard type pages which the disc sits inside like envelope style (a little disappointing as you will find it hard not to smudge finger prints onto discs) apart from that am happy with the packaging. I am very impressed with some of the transfers especially considering their age (Sabateur) but equally a little disappointed with others where I would certainly not be able to say that it's stunning HD clarity, because it certainly is not. However, if like me you have been holding off buying most of Hitchcocks movies waiting for Blu ray then this is probably the best way to purchase, certainly price wise. However if you are hoping for the quality of picture seen in other Hitchcock Blu ray releases....ie. North by Northwest or Rebecca (USA release but is actually region free) which are fantastic HD transfers (in my opinion) then you may be disappointed with some of this box set. That said, as a Hitchcock fan I am still pleased to own this set for the pure nostalgia of it and I now have most of his films on blu-ray, really wish we could get The Lady Vanishes though!
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 November 2012
Yes, there are problems with the set, but although regrettable, they are not insurmountable. Most disks are fine - although only a couple have the "wow factor" or display over-hyped claims on the box. I have now watched several and sampled the others on my projection system. Okay "Frenzy" isn't a reference copy, but it's still better than the DVD release. Despite reviewers criticisms of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" I found it an impressive transfer and better than any previous release. However "Family Plot" - not a movie I have ever liked - is, quite frankly, very poor and if not the worse blu ray transfer I have ever seen, it comes very close. "Marnie" - which I love - is not as bad but very disappointing I'm afraid. There is so much grain swirling around it's almost as bad as the "Sleepy Hollow" Blu Ray transfer - and that's saying something! However, over complaints about this blu ray , and some others too, DVD Beaver has provided several fascinating insights and statistics which suggest the reason for the "problems" and infer that the transfers in The Masterpiece Collection are about as good as you will get on blu ray because problems with the source material become more apparent in HD. However, "bluray.com", is less forgiving and does an excellent disc by disc analysis which is far from encouraging and I really believe that my old DVD of "Marnie", for instance, is far better than this new release. It has good definition, no intrusive grain and wonderful colour saturation - and I have just noticed at the beginning of one chapter on the blu ray - a scene where Marnie is in her office - the spoken dialogue is mute although the subtitles indicate what is meant to be heard! What is that about?

That said, the classic movies in the set are generally good and as I purchased the collection as an Amazon Black Friday deal for £60, I'm happy enough as the discs work out at about £4 each. However if companies really want to promote blu ray, the faster they ensure their releases are all properly done, the better - just look at the mess Hammer have made with so many recent blu rays! That a major company like Universal has now done the same, and released some of these discs in such a shoddy condition, is a bigger mystery than any found in poor Hitch's films. He deserves better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2014
I am blown away by the work done on the restoration of these great classics of the Master. For some of these movies, the remastering and digitization job is simply breath taking. Awesome, crisp image and riveting sound. Hard to believe that they are over fifty years old. And it is a great deal as well. Most of Hitchcock's classics are there, barring North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief, which were both shot at the same period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2015
Brilliant collection full of interesting extra features and presented in a truly impressive way. The info and layout of the collection is excellent. As I was lucky enough to get this collection on Amazon Black Friday at an amazing price I can live with the fact that Psycho is Region3 and therefore will not work. It's a shame although I have seen that particular Hitchcock Classic a few times before. Just thought others should know (or indeed check if others have had the same issue?!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2015
Perhaps the best filmmakers boxset I have ever purchased. Alfred Hitchcock has blown my mind with his various techniques in cinema. Having seen half of the pictures in this boxset so far, Saboteur has to be most favourite.
I specifically like how the boxset is arranged like a book, it makes each film easy and quick to get to unlike a lot of boxsets that have various flaps to open and things to stretch out which I find to be quite annoying.
Each picture has it's own special features which I also find to be extremely fascinating being an aspiring filmmaker myself, they are very insightful into how each picture were made.

A brilliant buy for any Alfred Hitchcock fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2014
Top quality for this edition of films I had already in DVD (and there'is the original VistaVision intro!). The box is pleasant and very practical.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Universal should be ashamed for the sloppy job of the MARNIE transfer in BluRay. The rest in this series are excellent to very good, however the dismissal of Marnie being up to par with the rest of them brings the rating down.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
I think one has to consider the price relative to the value of this collection. A Criterion quality re-mastered transfer to blu ray it is not but it does provide a quite serviceable blu ray transfer on most of the Hitchcock hollywood era titles and so much more affordable too. I bought this collection through amazon uk for US$87 when it was being sold on amazon US for over US$200. Ok, I had to wait three weeks for it to arrive to my US home by way of Royal Mail and USPS but patience has its virtues and I am very pleased overall with this purchase. To round out your Hitchcock collection you may want to purchase separately North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and of course "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes". I already had the Criterion names so I was able to complete my collection with this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2014
The pice is good for fourteen Hitchcock pics that are wonderfully restored in hi def. Look like they were made yesterday. The book they come in is also very neatly and nicely presented with a story book for each BD. They also feature great additional films and trailers. Rope looks particularly impressive. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
This was wonderful. Brilliant packaging in the mood of each film's lobby posters, and each disc is well tucked away.
Also, the restorations are very good. Pity there weren't more movies in the package. I'm sure there are enough other
movies remaining, to come out with a Masterpiece Collection #2.
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