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.