Blu-ray Release: Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $299.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


North By Northwest

North By Northwest

Universal’s Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes 15 of the filmmaker’s movies in Blu-ray.

Not the first multi-film set to get that moniker, this Masterpiece Collection is the first on the high-definition format, and it contains one more movie than its DVD counterpart.

Thirteen of the movies in the Blu-ray Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection haven’t been on high-definition before, but you only get them in this mega-set for now.

Already on Blu-ray are Psycho and North By Northwest. Also in the set and on Blu-ray for the first time are: Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot.

True classic thrillers starring the likes of Cary Grant, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Anthony Perkins, Kim Novak and Sean Connery.

Every movie in the box set also has special features. Most are from earlier DVDs, but some are new. Here’s the full list:

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray boxSaboteur (1942)

  • Saboteur: A Closer Look
  • Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Sketches
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

  • Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film
  • Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rope (1948)

  • Rope Unleashed
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954)

  • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
  • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Feature Commentary with John Fawell, author of Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
  • Blu-ray exclusives: BD Live, Pocket Blu

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

  • “The Trouble With Harry Isn’t Over”
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

  • The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Production Photographs
  • Trailers

Vertigo (1958)

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and Other Vertigo Participants
  • Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer
  • BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu-ray Exclusive)

North by Northwest (1959)

  • Feature Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
  • Cary Grant: A Class Apart
  • North by Northwest: One for the Ages
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
  • Music-only audio track
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spot

Psycho (1960)

  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-release Trailers
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho)

The Birds

The Birds

The Birds (1963)

  • Deleted Scene
  • Original Ending
  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie – New! (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • All About The Birds
  • Storyboards
  • Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Production Photographs
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Marnie (1964)

  • The Trouble with Marnie
  • The Marnie Archives
  • Theatrical Trailer

Torn Curtain (1966)

  • Torn Curtain Rising
  • Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Topaz (1969)

  • Alternate Endings
  • Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin
  • Storyboards: The Mendozas
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Frenzy (1972)

  • The Story of Frenzy
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Family Plot (1976)

  • Plotting Family Plot
  • Storyboards: The Chase Scene
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.