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  • Actors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • 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 Ent.Group
  • Release Date: Feb. 27 2007
  • Run Time: 1695 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000M5KA44
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,470 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Gallagher on Dec 3 2007
Format: DVD
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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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
Contents of 'Ultimate Hitchcock Collection (18 films, 2 TV shows on 6 DVDs) April 6 2007
By Rudolf Schmid - Published on
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
Best Collection of British Hitchcock Films Oct. 19 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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
Good bargain very entertaining Jan. 1 2008
By M. Oberg - Published on
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
Great Bargain! Dec 15 2012
By G. Young - Published on
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!
5 stars for the movies, 3 stars for this particular set Jan. 5 2015
By Ron Cronovich - Published on
Format: DVD
The movies in this set are very good to excellent. My review is not of the movies, but of this particular set, the Ultimate Hitchcock Collection in the white box with Hitch's photo on it. The video and audio quality in this set are poor. Yes, I know these films are mostly from the 1930s. But I've seen a few of them on other DVDs and they look & sound much better.

On the other hand, the price of this set is very low. That's the tradeoff. You could spend around $20 per film for the Criterion versions of a few of these and get the best possible sound and video quality given the source material. This set gives you a bunch of Hitch's earliest films for cheap--including some that aren't readily available elsewhere.