Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)
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This riveting wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as Barry Kane, a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who witnesses a Nazi agent firebombing his plant. However, it is Barry who is accused of the fiery sabotage, and to clear his name he sets off on a desperate, action-packed cross-country chase that takes him from Boulder Dam to New York’s Radio City Music Hall to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Hitchcock’s first film with an all-American cast moves with breakneck speed toward its final heart-pounding confrontation and it remains a suspense classic.
Joseph Cotton star as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives' small hometown. There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, Young Charlie (Teresa Wright). But she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.
James Stewart, Farley Granger and John Dall star in this macabre spellbinder, which was inspired by a real-life case of murder. Two thrill-seeking friends (Granger and Dall) strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim's family and friends, serving refreshments on a buffet table fashioned from a trunk containing the lifeless body. When dinner conversation revolves around talk of the 'perfect murder', their former teacher (Stewart) becomes increasingly suspicious that his students have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.
None of Hitchcock's films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events… Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.
Academy Award winner Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick and Jerry Mathers star in this charming comedy mystery. The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and while no one really minds, everyone feels responsible. Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine makes her screen debut in this New England romp that includes romance, humor...and several unearthings of the corpse.
James Stewart and Doris Day give magnificent performances as Ben and Jo McKenna, an American couple vacationing in Morocco, whose son is kidnapped and taken to England. Caught up in international espionage, the McKennas' lives hang in the balance as they race to save their son in the chilling, climactic showdown in London's famous Royal Albert Hall.
Considered by many to be director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest achievement, Vertigo is set among San Francisco's renowned landmarks, James Stewart is brilliant as Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective hired to shadow a friend's suicidal wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak). After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie's interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future.
Alfred Hitchcock's landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious shower scene. First a private detective (Martin Balsam), then Marion's sister (Vera Miles) search for her as the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.
Nature runs amok in Alfred Hitchcock's chilling adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier story, as a small California coastal town finds itself under attack by gulls, crows and other fine feathered friends.
Hitchcock creates a masterful psychological thriller about a compulsive liar and thief (Tippi Hedren), who winds up marrying the very man (Sean Connery) she attempts to rob. When a terrible accident pushes her over the edge, her husband struggles to help her face her demons as the plot races to an inescapable conclusion.
World-famous scientist Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and his fiancee/assistant, Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews), travel to Copenhagen for a physics conference. When Sarah mistakenly intercepts a message meant for Armstrong, she believes that he is secretly defecting to East Germany. Or is he? As Armstrong goes undercover to glean top-secret information, the couple find themselves running for their lives from enemy agents in this action-packed thriller.
The best-selling spy novel bursts onto the screen in this riveting story of adventure and international intrigue. John Forsythe stars as an American CIA agent who hires a French operative (Frederick Stafford) to travel to Cuba and investigate rumors of Russian missiles and Topaz, a NATO spy. The inquiry soon spins into a life-threatening escapade of espionage, betrayal and murder.
The Necktie Murderer has the London Police on red alert, and an innocent man is on a desperate quest to find the real serial rapist-murderer and clear his own name. Alternating heart-pounding tension with distinctive Hitchcock humor, Frenzy marked the Master of Suspense's return to his native England after almost twenty years.
A wealthy old woman hires a con man (Bruce Dern) and a phony psychic (Barbara Harris) to find her long-lost nephew. The results are diabolically funny as this suspense-comedy combines mystery and mayhem in nonstop excitement from beginning to end.
A collection of masterpieces
Zizek on 23.07.2012
This is an amazing collection. The majority of Hitchcocks work in one package. These are some of the best films you will ever watch. Personal faves are The Birds & Rear Window.
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David Upham on 24.07.2012
I can recommend the movies - though there are some beauties NOT included here. North By Northwest is one - even though the package artwork features it (the biplane there..). Also.. DVD releases of Hitchcock's films have been spoiled in regions 2 & 4 by cropping 16:9 aspect down to 4:3 - The Birds is one irksome example. Marnie is another. Check it before you buy the Blu-ray - because the promotion on this page ain't saying, and release date is more than two months away.
What's so good about Blu-Ray?
David son of Jacqueline Salinas-Velasquez on 08.09.2012
...I would've appreciated if they did it on DVD, because my Mum loves Hitchcock. Anyway, somethings shouldn't be done on Blu-Ray. It's not the same, and does our world revolve around Blu-Ray? Cool! I was third to comment. And plus, why hasn't it got Mystery of the Wax Muesem? That's the best thriller of all time. According my Mum, but I wouldn't watch that stuff...
Clearing a few things up
Dave L on 25.09.2012
To the guy above me - This isn't being released on DVD because DVD boxsets of Hitchcock's films have been released numerous times over the last 10 years - infact you can probably still get your hands on some of them. Now its time for them to get the Blu-ray treatment that these films so deserve! To the guy above him, North By Northwest isn't in this set because it is a Warner Bros. film not a Universal film. The plane is featured on the artwork because NBNW is included in the American version of the boxset (Universal US was able to attain the rights to distribute the film in this set) but distribution rights are different in each country, therefor it's not available in the Aus set, but you can buy it seperately on Blu, it'ss been out for quite some time. Looking forward to this release very muchly!
Blu-ray is great
Jacqueline Salinas-Velasquez on 21.11.2012
Please ignore my idiot son David, he was adopted, and dropped on his head (not in that order). As for the set itself, it's great. All the aspect ratios are correct, and while there are a few problems the image quality of Family Plot and The Man Who Knew Too Much, at this price it's hard to go past so many great films in one set.