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Great companion piece to Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection.,
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This review is from: Alfred Hitchcock Collection: Dial M for Murder / North By Northwest / Strangers on a Train [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Now all the UK fans of The Masterpiece Collection can finally get a copy of North by Northwest along with Dial M for Murder and Strangers on a Train on blu ray in this nice set. I paid less for this set AND Masterpiece Collection than what I would have paid for the US Masterpiece Collection alone. I admit, the selling price of 15 US dollars pushed me to get this set. And glad I got it. This is one fabulous set of films on blu ray. Strangers on a Train never looked better. What detail in the image. Warner did a fantastic job of restoring this (and even included the longer preview version). Dial M for Murder is a mixed bag as transfers go. The image is finally presented in a 1.85 aspect ratio, but it way too soft and lack of detail compared to the scenes used in the special feature "Hitchcock and Dial M". The scenes are beautiful compared to the blu ray transfer. Could it be from the image being enlarged to fill the 1.78 screen? Why not leave it in a 1.37 image that is nice and detailed. I still prefer to watch this film in the 1.37 ratio because it is tighter and much more claustraphobic than having it "opened" up for widescreen. There are two versions included here, a 3D and a 2D for us folks without 3D TVs. And the last film North by Northwest is still brilliant looking on blu ray. Looks to be from same print Warner used few years back with US release on blu. The detail and color of this transfer is stunning.
These are great films from a great director. Just wished all three transfers looked as great. Hopefully Warner will find a way (or better print) to make Dial M for Murder sparkle on blu ray like it should.