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on 11 May 2012
This Hitchcock collection contains 6 of his film: I Confess, Dial M For Murder, North By Northwest, Stage Fright, The Wrong Man, Strangers On A Train. Each film is restored and looks really good. I will look at each separately.

Strangers On A Train: This film comes in 2 disc version. There are 2 versions of the film. Original cut and preview version which has an alternate ending. Strangers On A Train is not my favorite of Hitchcock. I found it dull and not very interesting mostly because Farley Granger wasn't a compelling lead. The direction by the master was great but the bland lead just didn't work for me. The film is 4:3 aspect ratio not widescreen(don't believe the details on the box).

There are several extra features here: commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and other people, trailer on disc 1. On the disc 2 there are 4 featurettes on the film and Hitchcock himself.

North By Northwest: Easily one the most entertaining Hitchcock's film. It's a classic chase thriller with a political conspiracy, double crossing, mistaken identities and so on. Cary Grant is brilliant in the role and James Mason makes great villain in the film. Very fun film to watch. Also this film has the best video and audio quality in this box set.

Extra Features: Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, making of featurette, trailer, still gallery and TV spots.

The Wrong Man: One of the most underrated Hitchcock's film. It's a true story about a man who's arrested for crimes he hasn't committed. Henry Fonda plays the every-man very well but the real star of the film is Vera Miles who gives a very underrated performance as wife goes through a mental breakdown. This is a very sad, dark film. It's not like any other Hitchcock film. The Wrong Man is slow, beautifully shot, extremely well acted and superbly directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Not for everyone but those who can appreciate it will love it.

Extra Features: Making of featurette and a trailer.

Stage Fright: The weakest film in the set. A murder mystery set in London where drama student tries to clear a friend being framed for murder by becoming maid of stage star played by Marlene Dietrich. It's not a bad film, but just like Strangers on A Train it was boring. The problem is the same. The leading actors didn't carry the film for me. This film is not widescreen and color. It's in black and white and 4:3 aspect ratio(again box set is incorrect).

Extra Features: Making of featurette and a trailer.

I Confess: Another story of a wrongfully accused man. This time a priests hears a confession of a man who has committed a murder. Later the priest becomes a prime suspect and can't don anything to save because of his vows to the church. It's an interesting film and some great performances. Montgomery Clift is great in leading role and the supporting cast includes Anne Baxter and Karl Malden. I Confess isn't Hitchcock's best film but it's a good one.

Extra Features: Making of featurette, trailer and 1 min long news reel from Canadian premiere.

Dial M For Murder: My personal favorite film of this box set. An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. Entire plot of the film for most of time happens in one flat. Despite this monotone setting it's never dull or boring. It's very suspenseful and entertaining. The dialog is very well written. And the actors does a great job. Ray Milland is superb as the diabolical husband. He is very charming, cool and so charismatic that you kinda root for him. Grace Kelly is also great in the role. She plays the cool blonde. Cold exterior with boiling emotions under it. John Williams is very good as the inspector and Robert Cummings as the bland writer lover. Overall this is a very good Hitchcock film. Probably my favorite one.

Extra Features: Making of featurette, 3D film: A brief history featurette and a trailer.


In Conclusion: This is box set is very good collection of Hitchcock's films. Here are some well known ones like Dial M For Murder and North By Northwest and lesser know ones like the The Wong Man. All the films come in very good video and audio quality and there are extra features for every single film. It's must have for Hitchcock fans. But for newcomers I suggest different collection with Hitchcock's most popular films like Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and The Birds.
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This box set covers the range of Hitchock films, selecting some of the best of each period. My favourites are 'Strangers On A Train', 'North By Northwest' and 'Dial M For Murder', but it was great to see 'Stage Fright', 'I Confess', and 'The Wrong Man' again, films rarely shown on TV.

This set would be a great introduction for anyone unfamiliar with Hitchcock films and an inexpensive way to watch some of his best films without investing in the complete collection.

I recommend this box set to all suspense film lovers - you won't be disappointed.
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on 7 October 2015
Very good selection of Hitchcock films, including a couple of lesser known ones, e.g. Henry Fonda in "The Wrong Man", which is a superb film based on a true story.
"North by Northwest" is too well known to need reviewing here, as it's arguably his finest "Innocent Man on the Run" film, while this set includes the preview version of the wonderful film noir "Strangers on a Train",as well as the cut eventually released.
"Stage Fright" & "I Confess" are both good second rank Hitchcock films, solidly cast.
The picture and sound quality are generally very good indeed, though I struggled to hear some of the dialogue in "Stage Fright".
"Dial M for Murder" is too obviously a stage play filmed for it to rank as highly as the script perhaps deserves, but Ray Milland is always good value.
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on 20 February 2010
Another great collection of movies, all different and yet so highly entertaining in their own ways. To add to this, there is of course a masterful cast of actors and actresses , wonderful settings, and in all just about everything that you would expect from a top movie. If you are a lover of movies like I am, and the genre of these movies are all about keeping you in suspense from start to finish, you will be in for a treat when you see these movies.
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on 1 December 2012
A wide ranging collection of some of Hitch's best known thrillers. If you are a Hitch fan buy this collection - you won't be disappointed.
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on 26 February 2010
A fantastic collection of (what I would consider) some of Hitchcock's best; `Dial M For Murder', `Stage Fright', `Strangers On A Train' and `North By Northwest' are just some of the fantastic films in this well put together box set. With behind the scenes and extras, original trailers and striking DVD disc art, and a fantastic collection of films this box set has been thoroughly packaged with a fan in mind. Anything you might have been missing from the larger 14 disc Alfred Hitchcock box set is found here (though 'To Catch a Thief' is still absent from both!). You won't be disappointed.
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on 14 January 2012
Part One consists of three excellent films, Strangers On A Train, The Wrong Man and North By Northwest. Part Two includes the equally excellent Dial M For Murder, however I have not seen Stage Fright or I Confess. Looking forward to it though!

As a member of a younger generation, I feel sorry for those of my sort of age who never expose themselves to the genius of Alfred Hitchcock.
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on 29 January 2014
Fabulous set; I missed a lot of these when I was younger and always wanted to catch them up so this set was ideal. The quality of reproduction is superb, considering when these movies were made. A masterclass from Hitchcock.
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on 11 April 2014
Yes, I was more than satisfied with this box set. Excitement, intrigue and suspence throughout. My two favourite films in the set are:
North By Northwest ,( with Cary Grant) and Dial M for murder (with Ray Milland.) I have always, from being young, liked his
films, the first one I ever saw was Psycho. Hitchcock always made me feel that I was" present" in the scenes(particularly in the unforgettable "shower scene") when the shower curtain is quickly drawn open by "mother" brandishing a knife. I jumped back into my
chair, feeling in Janet Leigh's place. Same exciting feeling applies to all his films.Hitchcock certainly earned his title, in my opinion, " master of suspence." The memory, obviously, still lives on. Hitchcock fans like myself, will not be disappointed with this collection .I am
confident about this. "An absolute must!!"
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on 18 July 2012
A great collection of some well-known and some not-so-well-known films. One of my favourite films of all time is North By North West - which is why I bought this in the first place as it worked out as quite a good deal to buy the collection and get the other films too. I watched that one last as I know it. The others didn't disappoint though. Not in the slightest. It's so good to watch films that have story at their heart and not rely on SFX. A film I really enjoyed from this collection was Dial M For Murder. May be one of my new Hitchcock favourites. :-)

Highly recommended.
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