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"Best of Hitchcock, Vol. 1 [8 Discs] (Widescreen/Full Screen)" [Import]

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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, John Dall
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alma Reville, Angus MacPhail, Arthur Laurents, Ben Hecht, Charles Bennett
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: March 6 2001
  • Run Time: 902 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000055Y18
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This review refers to "The Best of Hitchcock Collection - Volume 1" DVD set by Universal...
Overall, you will find this to be a terrific selection of seven of Hitch's films that really take in the scope of his talents.
You'll find in these films his masterful way of incorporating suspense,the macabre, romance, horror, mystery and his wonderful wit. His distinctive camera work, the famous staircase scenes, the use of shadows and light,the wonderful stars, all the great trademarks are here in this collection.
So...You may never want to take a shower(alone) again as Norman Bates and "mom" go on a psychotic killing spree in "Psycho", the mother of all fright flicks! It also stars Janet Leigh and Vera Miles.
You'll be rooting on poor wheelchair bound Jimmy Stewart as he and Grace Kelly try to prove the neighbor is a murderer. The suspense is wonderful, and so is the romance!. It also stars the best character actress ever to grace the screen, Thelma Ritter and the great Raymond Burr.
Hitch will have your heart in your throat as America's sweetheart Teresa Wright may be the next victim of a serial killer in "Shadow of a Doubt". Does she know that it is her own uncle! Yikes! Joseph Cotton will have you on the edge of your seat!..Also look for the very notable and young Hume Cronyn.
Two school chums with nothing better to do, decide to do away with a friend just for the heck of it. Jimmy Stewart sleuths again in this innovatively filmed mystery. John Dall and Farley Granger are excellent and we are treated to an appearance by Sir Cedric Hardwicke as well.
A masterpiece is reworked an updated by Hitch, the result another masterpiece! "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is a magnificent remake of his earlier work.
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I totally disagree with the person who said this collection is expensive.
Each one of these movies comes with a documentary feature (not just a publicity film like most DVD's) that feature the stars of the picture (if possible), the writers, creative teams and even Pat Hitchcock (his daughter & sometimes actress). These documentaries are an hour long sometimes and very detailed. Some of them even talk at length about the film restoration process. They are worth having even without the movie and the movies are classics.
If you price out these movies individually it is a Deal buying this collection together. There is only one movie here not worth having (TOPAZ in my opinion) unlike the #2 collection which is mostly duds.
These are great movies with tons of extras - the documentataries, storyboards, deleted scenes, screen tests etc etc.
Buy this if you are a Hitchcock fan!
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Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant and innovative filmmaker as this collection can attest to. 1943's SHADOW OF A DOUBT is an allegorical study of Americana seen through the naivete of a typical family in a quiet and slumberous community. When evil comes to town in the embodiment of the beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton) it is the perceptive niece Young Charlie (Teresa Wright) that slowly uncovers his true identity as the Merry Widow murderer. Henry Travers and Hume Cronyn spend their evenings concocting ways to commit the perfect murder unknowingly under the watchful eyes of the genuine article. Evil takes many shapes and hides behind many facades in broad daylight. Would the wholesome average American community recognize such evil and be willing to deal with it? Dimitri Tiomkin, composed a brilliant score utilizing American idioms laced with the darkness of the tainted soul. This remains one of Hitchcock's best films. It works, as a thriller yet remains a true reflection of a good-natured but generally complacent lifestyle of sleepy suburbia America during the 1940's. 1948's ROPE is a thoroughly enthralling and disturbing look at a thrill killing perpetrated by two prep-school chums (John Dall and Farley Granger) possibly suggested subconsciously by their unwitting professor (James Stewart). This film has often been characterized notably only as Hitchcock's great experiment. He shot it in ten-minute takes contrary to his stylistic use of effective story telling through editing. This was a technique that he also employed to a lesser degree by Hitchcock in 1949's UNDER CAPRICORN. However, ROPE is first and foremost a riveting tale bordering on the perverse. The DVD transfer of ROPE is one of the best I have ever seen. 1954's REAR WINDOW is a brilliant study on voyeurism and insatiable curiosity.Read more ›
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"Shadow of a Doubt", "Psycho" and "Rear Window" are the A+ movies in this boxed set. My absolute favorite is "Shadow of A Doubt," about Uncle Charlie who comes to stay with his sister and her family to hide out from being hunted as the serial Merry Widow killer. Joseph Cotton plays Uncle Charlie with all of the charm, grace and elegance which came naturally to him as a member of Virgina's upper class in real life. Yet the sinister undercurrent of his personality is quietly apparent throughout. "Psycho" is the film Hitchcock is now most identified with as was its star, Anthony Perkins, who played twisted Norman Bates. Janet Leigh is also best remembered as the larcenous woman who met her fate in the infamous Bates motel shower. Taking a shower was never the same after people first saw this film! I've reviewed "Rear Window" previously and that is Hitch at the top of his game as well. The other work is all roughly C+ to B+, with "Rope" being a too stagey, limp version of "Leopold and Loeb" and being the C+, the lowest, in the set. "The Man Who Knew Too Much," however, comes in at a strong B+ with Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart being the perfect Every Mr. and Mrs. America who find themselves up to their ears in an international intrigue situation, a role that they never expected or wanted in their perfect mainstream American lives. If there is a film student in your life, these Hitchcock boxed sets will make the perfect gift.
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