Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Blu-Ray Collection Includes Psycho, Rear Window, And More

By David Wharton 2012-06-25 22:12:25discussion comments
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Universal has been celebrating its 100-year anniversary with new Blu-ray editions of many of their very best films, including upcoming titles such as Born on the Fourth of July, Jaws, Double Indemnity, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The bar has been raised, however, with the announcement of a 15-film box set entitled Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. This is looking to be a damn-near-definitive Hitchcock release, with 13 of the 15 films never having had a Blu-ray release before. The line-up includes Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, and more, but mark your calendar for the September 25th release date – this set will only be available for a limited time.

The films have all been digitally restored and remastered in 1080p, with DTS-HD Master Audio. In addition to the bonus features on each film (specified below), the set will also include a 50-page collectible book filled with "storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more." The set will list for $299.98, but you can pre-order a copy right now from Amazon for $209.99 (a 30% discount). That's a decent chunk of change, but then again this is a pretty damned impressive set. If you're looking to fill that Hitchcock-shaped hole in your Blu-ray collection, you'll be hard pressed to do better than this collection.

Here's a look at the film line-up and bonus features for the Masterpiece Collection, which span Hitch's career from 1942 through 1976. If you'll excuse me, I need to update my Amazon wish list…

Saboteur (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 (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 (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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