Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

Featured In Issue 171, November 2012

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Available for a limited time only, fifteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary Director Alfred Hitchcock come together for the first time ever in Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. Thirteen of the films have not been previously available on Blu-ray. One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork, and original editing style, Hitchcock's masterful ability to wring ever drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards®, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI's prestigious "100 Years...100 Movies" list. (Tricia Spears)

Presented in a book format and in chronological order, the set includes the following films on Blu-ray Disc™: Saboteur (1942), Shadow Of A Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North By Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972), and Family Plot (1976). Included is a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, and photographs. Over 15 hours of bonus features are split up among the films, including documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers, and a new documentary The Birds, Hitchcock's Monster Movie.

The 1080p AVC pictures have all been digitally restored from high-quality film elements and represent the best that these films have ever appeared on a home video format. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ soundtracks range from monaural to 5.1-channel presentations, all repurposed and remastered to present the highest integrity of the original sound elements. (Gary Reber)