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  • Actors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Surround Sound, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: St Clair Vision
  • Release Date: Feb. 27 2007
  • Run Time: 1695 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000M5KA44
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20 Hitchcock Movies Includes Sabotage Jamaica Inn Lady Banishes Man Who Knew Too Much Farmer's Wife Skin Game Young & Innocent Sorcerer's Apprentice Champagne Manxman Juno & The Paycock Easy Virtue The Ring Rich and Strange Blackmail 39 Steps Lodger Number17

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This collection is about what you would expect from an inexpensive collection of old films. The films that I have watched in the set so far are taking from old film reels so there are some scratches and the exposure is not always consistent. Still, the films are watchable and the audio so far has been very clear, which is perhaps the most important thing. It does not hold up to the quality of the criterion releases, but it is much more affordable.

I bought this collection for two of my favorite classic Hitchcock films, The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps. It is a great way to enjoy some of Hitchcock's earliest films at a reasonable price. I would recommend the set if you can overlook the slightly degraded picture quality. Other films in the set may not be in as good a shape, but so far I have felt that the set was worth the modest price.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa8761228) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86a28a0) out of 5 stars Contents of 'Ultimate Hitchcock Collection (18 films, 2 TV shows on 6 DVDs) April 6 2007
By Rudolf Schmid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ultimate Hitchcock Collection (18 films, 2 TV shows on 6 DVDs)
SOURCE: St. Clair Entertainment Vision; UPC 777966861494; DVD Release 02/27/2007
Disk #1: Jamaica Inn/Young and Innocent/The Skin Game/Hitchcock Presents: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (TV)
Disk #2: The Manxman/Juno and the Paycock/Champagne/Hitchcock Presents: The Cheney Vase (TV)
Disk #3: The Farmer's Wife/Easy Virtue/The Ring
Disk #4: Blackmail/The Lady Vanishes/Rich and Strange
Disk #5: Sabotage/Secret Agent/The 39 Steps
Disk #6: Number 17/The Man Who Knew Too Much/The Lodger
Disks 1-3 previously issued 9/2006 by St. Clair as Hitchcock favorites, UPC 777966873695
Disks 4-6 previously issued 1/2005 by St. Clair as The Hitchcock collection, UPC 777966883793
These two earlier sets are available separately from Amazon for about $10 each.

All three sets are unremastered reissues (in 5.1 sound) from public domain (PD) films. Considering the low price for 18 films from Hitchcock's British period (1922-39), the fact that some of the early films are of less than maximal interest to the casual Hitchcock fan, who prefers his 50s and 60s movies, and the fact that this set has some interesting extra features, this is good value for the money. Quality is variable, however, as with all PD issues. The two most watchable films (39 Steps, Lady Vanishes) are available from Criterion at considerable expense.

20 June 2007 update (original review 6 Apr.): The 6 DVDs are included in 6 DVD slim cases, each of which has on the back side brief information on the films. The slim cases are housed in a lightweight cardboard slipcase. DVD cases and slipcase are white, making Hitchcock look like a kindly old uncle. Black suits him better. However, this St. Clair edition is very nicely done.

Incidentally, St. Clair recently reissued some of its other material in similar (white, slim cases, etc.) appearing sets: sets on film noir, westerns, WWII, romance, silent greats, horror, etc.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86a28f4) out of 5 stars Best Collection of British Hitchcock Films Oct. 19 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
With the notable exception of "Murder!" (1930) and several not-yet-released titles, this 2007 set from St. Clair has virtually all the British output from Mr. Hitchcock. Compared to the out-of-print Laserlight collection from 1999 (which did include "Murder!"), this set adds "Juno and the Paycock" and the hard to find "Champagne".

For anyone wanting to watch the films in chronological order, these dates are from IMDd:

* The Lodger (1927)
* The Ring (1927)
* Easy Virtue (1927)
* The Farmer's Wife (1928)
* Champagne (1928)
* Blackmail (1929) - his first sound film; a classic!
* The Manxman (1929)
* Juno and the Paycock (1930)
* The Skin Game (1931)
* Rich and Strange (1932)
* Number 17 (1932)
* The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
* The 39 Steps (1935)
* Secret Agent (1936)
* Sabotage (1936)
* Young and Innocent (1937)
* The Lady Vanishes (1938)
* Jamaica Inn (1939) - last British box office hit before moving to Hollywood and directing the wonderful "Rebecca"(1940)

Extra features include: Sorcerer's Apprentice (TV 1963), Cheney Vase (TV 1955), Hitchcock posters, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (radio), Hitchcock trailers, a rare radio appearance, and a documentary. Although the movies are too early to be formally rated, St. Clair has added designations that should be helpful to parents (not suitable for children, may be unsuitable, suitable for children, adult situations, etc.) What a bargain for a Hitchcock fan!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86a2c0c) out of 5 stars Good bargain very entertaining Jan. 1 2008
By M. Oberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I got so much entertainment for the money with this early Hitchcock collection! Some of the silent selections were so amusing! I think of Hitchcock as being only a suspense director but these selections show his range of directorial ability. Although there are amusing scenes in the later films, I never really appreciated Hitchcock's sense of humor until I saw these early films.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86a2ac8) out of 5 stars Great Bargain! Dec 15 2012
By G. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While these movies are all public domain prints, they are all very watchable. If you're a Hitchcock fan, and want to see his early British work (including several silent feature films) you've few options. The Lady Vanishes, The 39 Steps, and most recently, the original The Man Who Knew Too Much can be purchased individually, in their restored Criterion editions, but they are rather pricey. This set is well worth the money, just to see the early efforts of The Master!
HASH(0xa86a2cd8) out of 5 stars Movies with Suspense and Intrigue Feb. 10 2016
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ultimate Hitchcock Collection, 6 DVD

Alfred Hitchcock would scare an audience but they knew it would turn out alright. This is the third repackaging of these movies (“The Legend Begins”, “A Legacy of Suspense”), the six discs have a higher quality. These movies were in those collections. All are in monochrome. Silent movies were made before 1928, the newer ones have higher quality. The two 25 minute movies are from his 1950's TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. “The 39 Steps” came from a famous novel by John Buchan (who had an interesting career). It pointed out that Britain was no longer isolated from the Continent. The plot was used a number of times (innocent man pursued by both the police and the criminals). “The Man Who Knew Too Much” was reproduced in 1956. The last version (not by Hitchcock) was called “Foul Play”. “Sabotage” came from the novel by Joseph Conrad “The Secret Agent”. Europe then was threatened by terrorist bombs, much like today. [My favorite, “Foreign Correspondent” (another version of “39 Steps”), is not included here.] Here are the titles for each DVD. For more details read the individual reviews.

Disc 1
Jamaica Inn (1939) 93 min; Young And Innocent (1937) 80 min;
The Skin Game (1931) 83 min; The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1962) 25 min.

Disc 2
The Manxman (1926) 83 min; Juno And The Paycock (1930) 95 min;
Champagne (1928) 86 min; The Chaney Vase (1955) 25 min.

Disc 3
The Farmer's Wife (1928) 98 min; Easy Virtue (1926) 79 min;
The Ring (1927) 89 min;

Disc 4
Blackmail (1929) 84 min; The Lady Vanishes (1938) 97 min;
Rich And Strange (1932) 83 min.

Disc 5
Sabotage (1936) 76 min; Secret Agent (1936) 86 min;
The 39 Steps (1935) 93 min.

Disc 6
Number 17 (1932) 63 min; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 76 min;
The Lodger (1926) 80 min.

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