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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray (Pre-order Available)

Posted June 21, 2012 11:39 AM by Josh Katz

Universal 100thIn the fall, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will bring Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection to Blu-ray. This limited edition box set compiles fifteen titles from the legendary filmmaker's career, thirteen of which make their respective U.S. Blu-ray debut through this package.

The films include (* denotes new-to-Blu-ray):

While the exact technical specifications are still unknown for the individual discs, Universal's press release notes that the fifteen pictures have been "digitally restored from high-quality film elements." The set also includes over fifteen hours of bonus supplements, such as:

Saboteur -
  • Saboteur: A Closer Look behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Storyboards for the "Statue of Liberty" setpiece
  • Alfred Hitchcock's sketches
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
Shadow of a Doubt -
  • Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock's Favorite Film behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Production drawings by art director Robert Boyle
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
Rope -
  • Rope Unleashed behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
Rear Window -
  • Commentary with Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film author John Fawell
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes:
    • Masters of Cinema
    • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
    • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
    • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
    • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart
  • Blu-ray exclusive BD Live and Pocket Blu functionalities
The Trouble with Harry -
  • The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailers
The Man Who Knew Too Much -
  • The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Production photographs
  • Trailers
Vertigo -
  • Two audio commentaries:
    • Associate producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and other Vertigo participants
    • Filmmaker William Friedkin
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes:
    • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
    • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
  • The Vertigo Archives feature
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
  • Foreign censorship Ending
  • 100 Years of Universal featurette: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Restoration theatrical trailer
  • Blu-ray exclusive BD Live and Pocket Blu functionalities
North by Northwest -
  • Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes:
    • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
    • North by Northwest: One for the Ages
    • The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style
    • Cary Grant: A Class Apart
  • Music-only audio track
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spot
Psycho -
  • Commentary with Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho author Stephen Rebello
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes:
    • The Making of Psycho
    • Psycho Sound
    • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
  • Breakdowns of the "Shower Scene" setpiece:
    • With and without music
    • Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives feature
  • Vintage newsreel: The Release of Psycho
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
  • Posters and Psycho ads
  • Lobby cards
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Re-release trailers
The Birds -
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes:
    • Blu-ray exclusive The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie
    • All About The Birds
  • Vintage Universal International newsreels:
    • The Birds Is Coming
    • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock
  • Tippi Hedren's screen test
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
  • Deleted scene
  • Original ending
  • Storyboards
  • Production photographs
  • 100 Years of Universal featurettes:
    • Restoring the Classics
    • The Lot
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Blu-ray exclusive BD Live and Pocket Blu functionalities
Marnie -
  • The Trouble with Marnie behind-the-scenes featurette
  • The Marnie Archives feature
  • Theatrical trailer
Torn Curtain -
  • Torn Curtain Rising behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Selected scenes scored by Bernard Herrmann
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
Topaz -
  • Alternate endings
  • Topaz: An Appreciation with film historian and critic Leonard Maltin
  • Storyboards for "The Mendozas" setpiece
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
Frenzy -
  • The Story of Frenzy behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
Family Plot -
  • Plotting Family Plot behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Storyboards for the chase scene
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
In addition, the collection comes with a fifty-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, and rare photographs.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection streets on September 25th.

































Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (148 comments)


Eagles612
 - Jun 21, 2012

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despite its size i'd rather have the UK pakaging, but still excited for this

jurgens.jeremy
 - Jun 21, 2012

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So, pretty much the exact same release as the DVD boxed set.

Damn, I don't really want to triple-dip on a lot of these titles, but I don't know if I can resist having Rope, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, The Birds, and the Man Who Knew Too Much on blu. I already have Psycho and North by Northwest, but . . . damn.

Sky_Captain85
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Impressive. Most impressive.

TheManInBlu
 - Jun 21, 2012

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How did Universal get hold of North by Northwest? That's a Warner title. I have to admit, that's the only title I found was missing from the UK set for it to be perfect. This one is the best of the two now. Soooo tempting!!! I need more money!!!

rafthekoala
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Mother of god! Madre de dios! Day one abso-freakin-lutely. Happy dance all day today. Kind of miffed that I already have North and Psycho, but I can at least trade those in for something else. I'm buying this round of beer, folks.

Also, September 25 is a HUGE release day. Bond 50, Avengers, The Game, AND this.

GaragePoet
 - Jun 21, 2012

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only have "Psycho" on BD & haven't seen many of these titles... looking forward to this.

NeoMaximuz
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Day Uno!

bboisvert
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Would love to know the audio specs for Vertigo. Original mono still included?

Arkadin
 - Jun 21, 2012

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north by northwest is Warner.
is that really included??
packagingwise this set doesn't look to hold a candle to either the German or UK set.
figures the US would get screwed.
very happy this is coming out, but I just wish the US could get the same amazing set as the Uk one.

Fattmando
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Damn this fall is gonna suck for my wallet.

MyBoyBlu
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Woot! So happy with the relatively small packaging (vice the UK set)! Day one! Hoping for a $149.99 Amazon price tag.

Love the cover art with letters borrowed from each of the individual movie posters!

DrrnHarr
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Same day as Bond 50 and Avengers...my wallet is freaking out.

joshkatz0186
 - Jun 21, 2012

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@Arkadin...

Yes. Warner's North by Northwest Blu-ray IS included in this set. While I'm happy to see it here, I wonder why Warner let Universal use it; Warner Bros. did enough films with Hitchcock to fill its own sizable box set.

zoodermin
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I really want this box set even if I have to double dip North by Noryhwest which is the only one I own. I hope for a good price around Christmas because September is already packed!!

aimforsilence
 - Jun 21, 2012

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WOW, JUST WOW!!! Soo pumped. Though, I can't believe its out the same Day as the Bond 50 set & The Avengers. Guess I should start saving up..

Doctorossi
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I imported the UK Psycho disc for its better compression, audio and extras; I wonder what the specs on the version included here will look like. I want all of these (save the two I already own), but I'm waiting for individual releases.

j_adson
 - Jun 21, 2012

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the rumored end of the world this year seems to have studios gettin all they can out

martigen
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Awesome set as far as the fact that it will include the North By Northwest, however i personally don't like the box's artwork, i would rather prefer the original DVD box artwork or the new UK Box.

Mr. Cinema
 - Jun 21, 2012

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It's pretty easy to see why North by Northwest is included. Universal sent $$$ to WB and WB sent Universal NxNW.

baheidstu
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Not only is this the same day as Bond 50, it's just one week after Indiana Jones comes out. It looks like I may have to exercise some restraint and NOT buy all this stuff on day 1.

j_adson
 - Jun 21, 2012

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its funny how people who love movies still seem to nitpick over news like this. just be glad its comin out for gods sake

Monty70
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Vertigo.

ShellOilJunior
 - Jun 21, 2012

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antimatter
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I may have to get the UK set as I do prefer thier Packaging it does look much nicer. I am glad this is coming out Now I am torn because this set has a 50 page book and the UK states 15 pages The bonus with the UK set is that it comes out the week after Bond so money will be more managable.

popqazguy
 - Jun 21, 2012

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hmmm.. maybe i will finally upgrade the DVD set i have.

Lol i still havent seen his movies though

Elbert Reyner
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Universal has given Spartacus for Warner's Kubrick box set. And now, it's warner' turn to give north by northwest.. lol

MikeyHitchFan
 - Jun 21, 2012

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F***K YEAH!!!

giannirenna
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I want this now!

paper tiger
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Awesome! I have been waiting for a Hitchcock box set on Blu-ray, as it makes so much more sense than having a lot of seperate releases.

I'm thinking this set may be released at $150 / $10 a movie, however it could be more.

Cabzilla06
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I already own the DVD counterpart to this set but I will probably be double dipping like I am am sure a lot of people will. The biggest reluctance I have with the set is that Universal's other older titles that have been released this year so far have had mixed results. Universal really needs to put the extra effort into this set. After all it is Hitchcock.

DVD Phreak
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Uh...titles will be released individually, right?

bookcase
 - Jun 21, 2012

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That's a handsome set -- I only own Psycho from that set, so I'm definitely interested. But I bet the price is sky-high.

ghostsofjoy
 - Jun 21, 2012

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@DVD Phreak - I'm sure at some point but I wouldn't count on individual releases anytime soon.

sebastorrente
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Dear God Yes! DAY ONE!

Phxsns1
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Nice. Looks like it's time to sell Psycho and North by Northwest.

Phxsns1
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Unless, of course, there are individual releases coming.

brooks5333
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I am all over this set!
I wonder why NxNW is in this and not the UK version. The UK package does look better. Is it region-free?

paper tiger
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Phxsns1
"Nice. Looks like it's time to sell Psycho and North by Northwest."


Yep, I sold back my copies to Amazon and got about $10 credit. I also pre-ordered the UK edition of this as it may end up being about the same price, $150 shipped from the UK. Worth it to me.

GoBlu08
 - Jun 21, 2012

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May have to get this.

BluPat
 - Jun 21, 2012

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WOW.....a beautiful box!!! I love the letters and little pictures corresponding to each film! Thank you Universal (and Warner)!!!! Now, a pre-order button from Amazon!!!!

dirtylemons
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Unless there's some sort of world class goof-up on the technical side, I'll simply have to get this. Already own 'Psycho' and 'North By Northwest', but even with those two down, I'm fond of all these films and half of the remaining titles are all-time favorites ('Shadow of a Doubt', 'Rope', 'Rear Window', 'Vertigo', 'The Birds', 'Frenzy').

Analogkid
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Enjoy it now boys! Cause once the PC police get a hold of the packaging they're gonna pull it off the shelf because the word "COCK" is prominently placed on the package.

Armorales102
 - Jun 21, 2012

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even though i already own North By Northwest and Psycho this will be a day 1 purchase

skyofcrack
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I don't mind double-dipping on NxNW and Psycho because those were in DigiBook and SteelBook (UK) packaging.

Lordy
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Where's "The Wrong Man" !?!? If this is a collaboration between Universal and Warner, I can't see why they'd exclude The Wrong Man....unless Warner is planning on a box set of their own inclucing it with Strangers on a Train, Foreign Correspondent, Dial "M" for Murder, Stage Fright, etc.

neto
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I came.

ghostsofjoy
 - Jun 21, 2012

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The new images have sold me. As gorgeous as the U.K. version is, I'm in for this one.

CandyStalker
 - Jun 21, 2012

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The Brass Casanova
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I'm feeling a powerful wave of stupid for buying "Psycho" and "North by Northwest". I had a little voice fire off in the old noggin while I was buying them saying a collection like this would probably be coming soon enough.

Oh, well. Double-dip it is.

KrugerIndustrial
 - Jun 21, 2012

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@ CandyStalker. Calm down. Strangers on a Train is a Warner Brothers title. This is from Universal.

I absolutely love the cover. So much better looking than the UK set. Also, I much more prefer this thinner packaging.

TheTrekman
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Nice! An extra movie and in a smaller package! USA all the way!

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
 - Jun 21, 2012

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TheManinblu, the same way that WB had Spartacus in the WB Kubrick set. They licensed out the the disc to be included in the set out.

Studios are doing this more and more for box sets.

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
 - Jun 21, 2012

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hopefully the preorder goes up soon.

Adam_ME
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I'll get the US version. The packaging fits better on the shelf. I'll definitely be hanging onto the UK Psycho Steelbook though for the lossless mono track.

noodi
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Great set

hendersd
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Well, yea, I'm not crazy about Topaz or Family Plot. But I'll be buying the HELL out of this. I (of course) have Psycho and N by NW already, but I have no prob dipping again. Heck, I had Vertigo on VHS, laserdisc and DVD. If any director deserves another dip it's Sir Hitch! I'm space-challenged too, but that UK set looks really tasty.

lewiskendell
 - Jun 21, 2012

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My seven favorite Hitchcock movies (Rear Window, Notorious, Psycho, To Catch a Thief, The Lady Vanishes, The Birds, Rebecca) will finally all be on blu! I'm content now :-)

hendersd
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I just noticed that Foreign Correspondent isn't on the set.

Cowboy300
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Stop with Sept 18 to 25. That's Indy, Devil's Advocate, this, Bond, Avengers, the Game. Oy.

RickZarber
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Yeah, what with everything else, I don't think I'll be able to afford this on day one. :S

Maybe if we hope really, really hard we'll get a holiday deal?

I wonder what new-ish copies of Psycho and NbNW are going for on the secondhand market...

dlevine
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Oh, this is going to be great. I'll definitely get this, even though there are a couple that I own on DVD and Blu-ray...there's plenty of others in the set that I haven't seen, I'm afraid to admit.
September is going to be one busy month...

Minimejer05
 - Jun 21, 2012

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HELL YES. Will be buying.

walkabout
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Hell, already got Psycho and North by Northwest but I can make a couple nice presents out of them. What about the price? I'm thinking of working some extra hours, eh.

hempo22
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Not really a Hitchcock fan, but damn this looks amazing!

nf0603
 - Jun 21, 2012

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If this set is limited, does this mean these titles will be released separately? I want Rope, Vertigo, Rear Window and The Birds for sure

Eny-
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Nice! Love this. Much better looking than the european sets IMO.

UNDERSTAR
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Nice, been waiting for a Hitchcock set to come out on Blu-ray. Good to see North by Northwest included too! Hope it comes out in the Fall just in time for my birthday!

BouCoupDinkyDau
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Never owned any Hitch film other than Psyco. Me wants.

matt_hargett
 - Jun 21, 2012

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lossless audio? on the music-only tracks as well? if so, you've got me.

I would have liked to have seen more of his early films from the 1930s in there as well, but I'll take it!

Lino11
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Damn!

xxBachelor1981xx
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I would love to buy this as I havent seen most of this movies...

Bluprint
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Gotta get it in, got too!

Dr_Bedlo
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I've been waiting for this. Awesome sounding set!

RASchuette
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Would have appreciated a few more audio commentaries -- especially one on Marnie -- but the crown jewel of cinema, Vertigo, is finally arriving on Blu! That, along w/ Children of Paradise and Sunset Boulevard make late 2012 a truly spectacular time for cinephiles. Andrew Sarris is smiling down on all of us.

nazdar
 - Jun 21, 2012

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im going to stop buying dumb stuff now and save for this ...

WhySoCereal
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I'll be getting this. The question is when...

Dwigt
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Regarding NxNW.
Yes, it is a Warner title, but Warner has quite a relaxed policy concerning allowing their existing discs to be included in comprehensive box sets by other studios. Their Kazan DVDs were featured in a Fox set, and "Blazzing Saddles" was included in the Fox retrospective, for instance. Studios tend to have this cross-licensing for box sets. Fox (still them) got "Die Hard with a Vengeance" in their European Die Hard anthology, even if the movie is Touchstone here. And, of course, there's the Bond collection, with Casino Royale, which is actually handled by Sony and still included with MGM titles.

Why no Strangers on a Train, The Wrong Man, I Confess, Dial "M" For Murder, Stage Fright, Suspicion, Mr and Mrs Smith, Foreign Correspondant? They weren't likely ready for release... Warner lent their existing Hitchcock Blu-ray to Universal, but that doesn't mean that Warner worked in sync with Universal to prepare their own catalog on HD. When Warner is ready to release their other titles, expect the Universal collection to be re-released minus NxNW.

Mr Willy Wonka
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Looks amazing! I've watched all the dvds within that Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection on DVD and it was absolutely fantastic. I can only imagine (until I get my hands on the bd's) how incredible these discs look/sound!!

hendersd
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I wonder what the price is gonna be on this damn thing.

Brad1963
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I guess Warner is a Team Player. Paramount could have easily added To Catch a Thief but hey, they are Paramount. We are lucky to get To Catch a Thief on its own from them. Warner should do a box set but Foreign Correspondent they no longer have rights to, it along with To Be or Not to Be, Stagecoach and others are controlled by Castle Hill, they licensed the rights to Criterion. There have been rumblings about WB releases of Dial M and Strangers on a Train though.

montyb
 - Jun 21, 2012

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I don't care about the size or price. Just bring it on!! Glad to hear this is getting a US blu ray release. These are all classics and all deserve to be see in hi def after all these years. I can't wait!! They should look awesome!

dsman71
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Im going to be Triple dipping on North by NW since I have the Warner Hitchcock set, the Blu Ray Digibook and now if I get this, will be the 3rd version. I mean the film is Great but...I wish another title would have been selected instead...

teach454
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Finally after years of waiting for these Classic Hitchcock films we are getting them. Especially can't wait for Rear Window and Vertigo. To see Grace Kelly in blu-ray high definition at her best is all that I need to buy this box set. Day one purchase absolutely.

Hitchcock
 - Jun 21, 2012

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great news,need to start saving the pennys and stopping in more.worth it for this.

Mateus Denardin
 - Jun 21, 2012

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OMG! It seems amazing!

BluPat
 - Jun 21, 2012

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Can't wait! I'm so excited!!! Surely Universal is using the restored version of 'Vertigo' from 1997. This is AMAZING!

GuyOfOwnage
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Gotta be honest, I'm not a big fan of the artwork. I'm a much bigger fan of the more distinguished, classy looking UK set. Plus, I already have the North By Northwest digibook, so I might just go with the UK set.

bigbanan
 - Jun 22, 2012

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rafaelsalguero
 - Jun 22, 2012

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OMG I dont know it get the UK one or the USA one !!!! I love both sets design

indiana
 - Jun 22, 2012

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price?

Scholer
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Only if they could license Rebecca, Lifeboat, The 39 Steps, Notorious and Spellbound too. Then this would be Hitchcock Boxset to end all Hitchcock Boxes.

lemonski
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Hopefully they have real disc trays in this set (like the Universal books) and not crappy disc slots like Fox titles. Can't be sure from the picture

MartinL
 - Jun 22, 2012

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I already own all of the DVDs--except for Family Plot and Frenzy--but if it is true that the films have been digitially restored---then my order goes in as soon as Amazon posts the set. These movies looked fine when I bought the DVDs---but the digital restoration and blu ray process has made me more critical of these earlier, less than stellar versions.

faornelas
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Outstanding, but then they will release the individual films in special digibooks so everyone buy everything again, like Warner is doing with Kubrick's films.

rockinrick
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Great ! Looking forward to this release.

hendersd
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Actually I think the U.S. packaging looks kinda tacky. Not a disaster, but...anyway, it looks like the discs might be easier to access than in the U.K. set. Can't quite tell...looks like they might slide into cardboard sleeves live the Alien set. Despite the other omissions, it's nice to see Saboteur on this set.

TTC1984
 - Jun 22, 2012

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I don't give a damn about the packaging, I just care about what's on the discs themselves.

TruBlu_Acuna
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Wow! I beg to differ. This is way better than the U.K. packaging!. Love the box front cover, with hint from his masterpiece films!! DAMNED, CAN'T WAIT!!!

starlight michael
 - Jun 22, 2012

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too bad the UK set is region B only, cause the US version looks cheap. Why is it sooo difficult to put out the same product in two countries from the same company.

Roy_Batty
 - Jun 22, 2012

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with it being universal, the UK Hitch set will be Region free! The German set wil be region "B".

repete66211
 - Jun 22, 2012

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I'm one of the few who isn't a big fan of Hitchcock but even I'm amazed by this. Great news for Blu-ray and congrats to the fans.

meatee
 - Jun 22, 2012

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I'd love to have these on Blu-ray, but in a way I'd hate to replace my velvet DVD set with that box art. But, it's really all about the film quality, so hopefully the price will be right.

skyofcrack
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Just take out the DVD's and replace them with your BD's in your velvet boxed set. Both boxes have 15 slots for discs.

scaramunga
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Awesome! Can't wait for the set in September!!!

MTRodaba2468
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Here's to hoping that I win the lottery sometime soon, so I can afford all the titles I want on Blu-Ray in September.

curtistalls
 - Jun 22, 2012

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Oblivion138
 - Jun 22, 2012

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For those who keep asking why they're not included, Warner is releasing Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder (the latter on Blu-ray 3D) October 9. They're not gonna license Hitchcock titles to Universal that they haven't yet released themselves.

swansong
 - Jun 22, 2012

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WOW! What a collection.... Almost all classics, with the exception of Family Plot, but where is Foreign Correspondent? Now that would make this set perfect.

jmerr
 - Jun 23, 2012

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Awesome! Been waiting for this one since they invented blu-ray

Yojimbo68
 - Jun 23, 2012

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I'm all in. And I'm going to keep my North by Northwest digibook too. It's just way too cool!

PsychicWarsVeteran
 - Jun 23, 2012

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Oh I'll have me some of that!

RICKBONDOO7
 - Jun 23, 2012

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I just hope the release titles on their own. I only want rear w, harry, vertigo,the birds, marnie, and frenzy. nbnw and psycho have day one bought ! just want the wrong man NOW WB !!!!!!!!!!

Shanester
 - Jun 23, 2012

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This is a pretty solid set from one of the all time great directors. Just wish these were all released on steelbooks like Psycho & Lifeboat but this is a must own as well

Bugs
 - Jun 23, 2012

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@swansong
"WOW! What a collection.... Almost all classics, with the exception of Family Plot, but where is Foreign Correspondent? Now that would make this set perfect."

Warners originally had the rights to "Foreign Correspondent" but they lost it. There's talk of Criterion possibly releasing it in the near future.

MtGiraffe
 - Jun 23, 2012

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That is a fantastic collection, but I really hope they release those titles individually as well. I really want Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and The Birds, and I don't really need the rest.

blu_brian
 - Jun 23, 2012

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Vertigo was on StarzHD about a month ago. I think it will be compared to Patton on the use of DNR. Most of the movie looks really good, especially outdoor shots. I thought the scenes early in the movie with the white steering wheel showed a lot of edge enhancement.

Mobe1969
 - Jun 23, 2012

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What an awesome collection!

Byte19
 - Jun 23, 2012

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Already Bought!!!! in my mind.....

DaveSimonH
 - Jun 24, 2012

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Dear Universal, hands off the DNR button....

kedavis
 - Jun 24, 2012

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If I get this set, I'd sell "The Birds" and "Rope" because they are too disturbing for me to watch again. I'd love to have the other films though.

dsman71
 - Jun 24, 2012

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If you think The Birds and Rope are too disturbing I forbid you to watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original) and the Hills Have Eyes ! Ya hear me, youre grounded !!!

lifecast2020
 - Jun 24, 2012

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"Dial M for Murder?" in 3D possibly? At least at all?

zoodermin
 - Jun 24, 2012

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I think I'm going to buy the UK release since is around $150 and the US release is $209 and I already have North by Northwest in BD so I won't be double dipping.

dwane5
 - Jun 24, 2012

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thats kind of creepy how they split his last name in 2

dwane5
 - Jun 24, 2012

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@lifecast are u not reading all the news? there is a seperate 3D release for that, forthcoming.

edit: heres the link http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=9000 and ure welcome

mattryan5150
 - Jun 24, 2012

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@zoodermin I did the same (though reluctantly) because I prefer the US packaging.

Yojimbo68
 - Jun 24, 2012

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I hear ya Zoodermin. I'm thinking that the UK set might be the way to go too. It has all the movies in the US set with the exception of North By Northwest. (Which I already have.) This would also be a way for me to get Psycho with the lossless audio. I have a gut feeling that the US set will just use the same US disc that contains the lossy audio. The UK set actually works out to about $175 US dollars as of right now. But I like the look of the US set better. I'll have to wait and see what the tech specs are on these sets before I make a final decision.

zoodermin
 - Jun 24, 2012

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@Yojimbo68 The price for the UK set is 112.49 which is indeed around $175 but when I ordered the set, my order total was 96.82 which is around $150. I don't know why that happened but I have a lower price now.

hendersd
 - Jun 24, 2012

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What UK vendor do you guys order from?

zoodermin
 - Jun 24, 2012

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@hendersd I ordered mine from Amazon.uk

von_Levi
 - Jun 24, 2012

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@zoodermin 96.82 is the price without UK VAT.

RASchuette
 - Jun 24, 2012

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Yeah. Better packaging + region free + $25 less made it a no-brainer purchase. Just have to wait an extra week or two for it but that's fine.

Brad1963
 - Jun 24, 2012

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Not going to be in my budget. Hopefully they will release separately. Otherwise no Hitch for me this year.

Extremis
 - Jun 24, 2012

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The preorder price is a staggering $209 for the pre order. the price will go down but not much and some are allready on blu. Ill save up for it. its a must have

BluPix
 - Jun 24, 2012

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Although I have tentatively preordered both versions, I, like many here, will likely decide to actually acquire just the UK version, which, from what I've seen, seems to have packaging that is more elegant (though I also like the US packaging) and a substantially lower price tag. I also already have North by Northwest, so its exclusion from the UK set holds no sway for me.

Hopefully, more details about the US packaging will surface. I'd like to know how the discs are being housed (in a separate digipak with plastic trays; in slits in the book or digipak?

Also, I want to know if all the tech specs are identical between the US and UK versions.

I'm a bit surprised the studio chose to use such different packaging for this box set, based on territory. But, whatever, right?

Ledbird
 - Jun 25, 2012

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I just pre-ordered the UK version and for some reason it shows up as 93 pounds at checkout (instead of 117 pounds on the site). Total price shipped to the US comes out to be $150 US!!!

Psycho Taxi Driver
 - Jun 25, 2012

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I also pre-ordered the UK version comes to $151 Australian

hendersd
 - Jun 25, 2012

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It's difficult to tell what kind of material the UK set is made of. Is that a rigid clear plastic "cover", or something like acetate that could easily be damaged? Hmmm.

gohanrage
 - Jun 25, 2012

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Yojimbo
 - Jun 25, 2012

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gohanrage- You do realize that not every movie is filmed in widescreen? A movie that is in 4:3 ratio is not necessarily pan and scan.

Dr Locked Her
 - Jun 25, 2012

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I hope this time they come up with a re-mixed 5.1 soundtrack for The Birds. With all the sound effects so prominent in that film, it would be well worthy of a re-mix. Listening to the bird effects all around you would increase the tension to the max.

obitom
 - Jun 25, 2012

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OH. MY. GOD. The boxset I've been waiting (and saving!!) for.
Bring it on!!!

Z0MBI3
 - Jun 26, 2012

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Man, I am so excited... BUT... I can't decide... UK or US ?? ?? ?? !! !! !! .. I like them both... omgz, I can't decide..

Lino11
 - Jun 26, 2012

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It's been more than four hours and I've still got a raging hitchcock going on. Should I consult my doctor?

MikaLove
 - Jun 27, 2012

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210 bucks + s&h + import fees is just hideous. I'm sticking with the UK box (no s&h or import fees to me)...! IMO it's also more nice looking than this one. Even if it's a nice touch with the letters from each movie. But I'd like some more details about other differences. However I think it's hard to justify such a difference in price between both sets. USD 150 seems more humane...

hendersd
 - Jun 27, 2012

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LOL Lino11, take a cold shower...but not in room #1.

fdm
 - Jun 30, 2012

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Looks like Universal finally found a hubless cardboard accident waiting to happen packaging system for their box sets. Who's next? Probably will get this anyway (even though Fox's version has been a pain in the ass to deal with). Note to myself to buy more blu cases, 3 5ers should cover it.

rojobin
 - Jul 02, 2012

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I hope all of these movies look as good as To Catch a Thief, North by North-West and Psycho look. I am looking forward to this release!!!! From the looks of the packaging, it looks like the discs will be in a cardboard slip..... Hmmmm.... Not so sure I like that! Perhaps, each movie will be released individually in their own Blu-Ray case...


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