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Customer Review

on 31 October 2001
None of the 4 movies need introductions. They are all masterpieces for the right reasons.
Rebecca is for me the ultimate movie. Eventhough it's been over 60 years since it was shot, it still has that magic touch that makes it so relevant to these times.
Having said that, I must comment that the video transfer of the 4 movies is, alas, only average.
Numerous scratches and dust particles can be spotted and some very nasty compression signs can be seen in most of the darker scenes. However, the framing seems accurate and no edge enhancment distract the viewer.
The soundtrack another story. While it's obvious that the soundtrack had not been remastered, it was certainly cleaned from all the hisses that were evident in the VHS versions of the movies. Still, it's not a full blown Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, but the sound is very adequate and the dialog is always clear and understandable.
Each movie includes extra features that vary in quality and quantity. I always prefer the director commentary, which is, alas, missing, but given the fact that Hitchcock is no longer available for DVD commentaries, it's acceptable.
Would I recommend this collection? Well, that depends. Any Hitchcock fan MUST buy it (being so cheap and being Hitchcock's finest). However, if you're a DVD fan rather than a Hitchcock fan, you should buy the separate versions of the 4 movies, since some of them were given a really good treat when they were transferred to DVD (look for the Criterion editions).
4 out of 5 stars.
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