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Posted March 18, 2014 11:19 PM by Webmaster
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones and Raymond Bailey. Previously available as part of the Alfred Hitchcock: Masterpiece Collection, the single-disc release of the classic psychological thriller arrives on Blu-ray on June 3rd.
Synopsis: A retired San Francisco detective (Stewart) suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's much-younger wife (Novak), all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
The Blu-ray edition of Vertigo features a 1080p video presentation, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, and several extras:
Audio Commentary with Filmmaker William Friedkin
Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborations
Saul Bass: Title Champ
Edith Head: Dressing the Master's Movies
Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro
Alma: The Master's Muse
Hitchcock Interview Excerpts from Filmmaker Francois Truffaut's 1962 Sessions
Might pick it up since it includes a mono track, even if it is not lossless. I had picked up the UK box set and Vertigo did not have an English mono track, so I have been waiting for a US individual release.
For those of us who aren't fans of "collections" packaging and like stand alone releases, thank you Universal for filling two gaping holes in your Hitchcock catalog with these releases of Rear Window and Vertigo.
Sounds about right that they'd start releasing the others individually, now that Universal seems to be starting to clear out the box set. The box is already at an encouraging price this week on amazon. But as it still doesn't appear to be moving very fast, I'm banking on it going even lower in the weeks to come.
While I'm not a fan of sliding discs in and out of a sleeve either, the collectors packaging at least doesn't feature that gawdy UV digital copy advertisement banner, unnecessarily cluttering and shrinking the cover artwork. Please leave the marketing to the specs featured on the back Universal or even much better, a sticker on the shrinkwrap since the dcopy will one day expire!
under 10 I'm in. I'm hoping both this and Rear Window will be $9.99 at Best Buy when their U&S program is on and then I can trade in both DVDs of these titles and upgrade for $4.99, it's how I got Psycho on Blu