Ultimate Hitchcock Collection (6pc) [Import]
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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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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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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.
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!
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.
Jamaica Inn (1939) 93 min; Young And Innocent (1937) 80 min;
The Skin Game (1931) 83 min; The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1962) 25 min.
The Manxman (1926) 83 min; Juno And The Paycock (1930) 95 min;
Champagne (1928) 86 min; The Chaney Vase (1955) 25 min.
The Farmer's Wife (1928) 98 min; Easy Virtue (1926) 79 min;
The Ring (1927) 89 min;
Blackmail (1929) 84 min; The Lady Vanishes (1938) 97 min;
Rich And Strange (1932) 83 min.
Sabotage (1936) 76 min; Secret Agent (1936) 86 min;
The 39 Steps (1935) 93 min.
Number 17 (1932) 63 min; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 76 min;
The Lodger (1926) 80 min.