Alfred Hitchcock: the Essentials Collection

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Overview

This deluxe box set brings into a single collection the five most acclaimed and legendary features of the "master of suspense," Sir Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963).
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Overview

This deluxe box set brings into a single collection the five most acclaimed and legendary features of the "master of suspense," Sir Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963).
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Special Features

Original documentaries on Rear Window and Vertigo; Commentaries on Vertigo and North by Northwest; Production photographs ; Original theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Who can forget Cary Grant running through a cornfield, menaced from above by a low-flying crop duster? Or Grant and Eva Marie Saint clinging to the stone faces of Mount Rushmore in an attempt to elude a nefarious spy played with suave perfection by the great James Mason? Two of the most visually inventive action scenes ever filmed, they are among the many pleasures to found in North by Northwest one of Hitchcock's very best films. Grant is Roger Thornhill, a New York adman who sets off a chain of exquisitely convoluted and sinister events when he is mistaken for an undercover agent; Saint brings a soulfulness to her role as the elegant, mysterious blonde who wins his heart. Here the master of suspense blends his signature ingredients -- edge-of-the-seat thrills, comedy, and sophisticated romance -- into a sparkling cinematic cocktail that has been much imitated but never matched.
All Movie Guide
On the surface a comic thriller about a photographer and the crime he thinks took place across the courtyard, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window 1954 turns into an interrogation of voyeurism and movie-viewing. Keeping the camera in Jeff's apartment except for a couple of shots near the climax, Hitchcock limits the audience's view to what Jeff can see and hear from his immobilized perch. He is free to take in the spectacle of the events in the apartments that he sees, but he is powerless to intervene. Why he looks, however, is the larger question; Hitchcock suggests not just that Jeff is channel-surfing among apartments for idle entertainment but also that the urge to peep is a more universal trait than we might care to acknowledge. What Jeff finds, moreover, becomes a fantasy projection of his own fears about his own relationship with Lisa. Jeff becomes a voyeur to escape, but his gaze is literally and violently turned back on him by the suspected wife-killer in his thriller narrative. Wryly entertaining as well as skillfully executed and thematically complex, the popular Rear Window earned Hitchcock an Oscar nomination for Best Director and inspired such later films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation 1974 and Brian De Palma's Sisters 1973. It was remade in 1998 as a TV movie with Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role. Lucia Bozzola
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • UPC: 025192084546
  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Digi-Pak / Slip Sleeve
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 10:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,402

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / Rear Window
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. The Plaster Cocoon [6:52]
3. Stella's Advice [7:08]
4. Lisa [5:47]
5. Meet the Neighbors [5:47]
6. Mismatched Lives [4:47]
7. All Through the Night [4:37]
8. The Watcher [6:26]
9. Something's Wrong [10:34]
10. Doyle Investigates [7:11]
11. Eye on Thorwald [11:32]
12. There's No Case [6:20]
13. Rear Window Ethics [6:20]
14. Message to a Murderer [8:04]
15. Lisa's Risk [4:14]
16. Killer in the Dark [7:29]
17. A Few Changes [5:39]
18. Restoration Credits [1:50]
Disc #2 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / Vertigo
1. Main Titles [3:22]
2. The Fallen Cop [1:36]
3. Johnny-O and Midge [6:19]
4. A Favor for a Friend [5:32]
5. Elster's Wife [5:19]
6. Among the Dead [3:28]
7. A Portrait of Carlotta [2:03]
8. The McKittrick Hotel [6:06]
9. Beautiful Carlotta, Sad Carlotta [4:26]
10. Carlotta's Blood [1:58]
11. To the Golden Gate [2:38]
12. Into the Bay [:59]
13. Scottie's Guest [9:11]
14. Two Wanderers [5:17]
15. The Sequoias [3:39]
16. The Fragments of the Mirror [3:26]
17. The Desparate Urge [3:03]
18. Madeleine's Dream [3:54]
19. It's All Real... [3:29]
20. The Tower [2:16]
21. Things Left Undone [2:01]
22. Nightmares [3:30]
23. Melancholia [1:37]
24. Ghosts [3:36]
25. The Woman at the Empire Hotel [2:35]
26. The Living and the Dead [6:27]
27. Because I Remind You of Her... [4:15]
28. The Gentleman Knows What He Wants [3:06]
29. There's Something in You... [3:46]
30. The Transformation [2:50]
31. The Necklace [5:24]
32. Back Into the Past [1:58]
33. My Second Chance [2:36]
34. There's No Bringing Her Back [3:52]
35. Restoration Credits [2:16]
1. A Masterpiece Almost Lost [2:20]
2. Development and Restoration [5:46]
3. Casting and Vistavision [2:22]
4. Shooting Begins September, 1957 [1:53]
5. The Stars; Location at San Juan Bautista [3:38]
6. Costumes by Edith Head [1:47]
7. Production Design [1:12]
8. The "Vertigo" Effect [1:01]
9. Music and Titles [1:32]
10. "Vertigo" Fully Restored [6:37]
11. End the Credits [1:05]
12. Original Theatrical Trailer [2:31]
13. Restoration Theatrical Trailer [1:24]
Disc #3 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection /North by Northwest
1. Credits [2:13]
2. Exaggeration [2:22]
3. Kidnapped [2:34]
4. Wrong Package [4:05]
5. Forced Libation [3:08]
6. Drunk Driving [3:26]
7. In Custody [4:54]
8. What a Performance! [3:56]
9. Hotelbreaking [2:53]
10. Becoming Kaplan [2:45]
11. You Gentlemen [2:24]
12. The United Nations [1:57]
13. He's Got a Knife [1:43]
14. ...Mr. Thornhill [3:00]
15. Grand Central [2:42]
16. Strangers on a Train [2:12]
17. "It's a Nice Face" [5:00]
18. So Good to Him [3:29]
19. Beats Flying [2:44]
20. Message From Lady [2:38]
21. Too Many Redcaps [2:34]
22. Travel Instructions [3:17]
23. Prairie Stop Traffic [:08]
24. Catching a Bus [2:47]
25. Crop Duster Attack [2:34]
26. Crashing Halt [2:42]
27. Surprise Visitor [1:21]
28. A Favor [3:20]
29. A Girl Like You [4:08]
30. The Auction [2:11]
31. Your Very Next Role [2:42]
32. Bid of Survival [1:45]
33. Special Orders [4:03]
34. Not a Red Herring [2:01]
35. Mount Rushmore [4:38]
36. Meeting in Woods [5:14]
37. STOP! Stop [5:37]
38. Vandamm's House [3:36]
39. Leonard's Revelation [3:16]
40. Matchbook Warning [3:57]
41. Stay Where You Are [4:36]
42. Escape [1:50]
43. Across the Monument [1:39]
44. One Man Down [1:25]
45. Leonard's Footwork [2:38]
46. Sentimental Ending [1:07]
Disc #4 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / Psycho
1. Main Titles [2:18]
2. The Stolen Hours [4:39]
3. Forty Thousand Dollars [4:06]
4. The Stolen Money [2:53]
5. A Woman on the Run [3:53]
6. The High-Pressure Customer [8:38]
7. The Bates Motel [8:17]
8. Dinner With Norman [3:44]
9. Mother's Problem [8:02]
10. The Shower [2:53]
11. Cleaning up After Mother [8:32]
12. The Swamp [:36]
13. Let's Talk About Marion [1:33]
14. The Path to Marion Crane [3:44]
15. The Stammering Suspect [2:30]
16. Back to the Bates Motel [5:53]
17. Death and the Detective [4:06]
18. Looking for Arbogast [1:08]
19. The Dead of Night [2:36]
20. The Late Mrs. Bates [3:18]
21. Mr. and Mrs. Loomis [3:17]
22. Cabin One [5:12]
23. Looking for Mrs. Bates [3:02]
24. Mother [5:41]
25. The Other Half [1:05]
26. I Wouldn't Hurt a Fly... [5:20]
Disc #5 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / The Birds
1. Main Titles [1:46]
2. At the Pet Store [7:49]
3. The Love Birds [10:29]
4. Bodega Bay [9:28]
5. Meeting Mrs. Brenner [2:40]
6. The Chickens Won't Eat [8:43]
7. At Annie's House [6:48]
8. Cathy's Party [6:11]
9. Dinner [4:50]
10. Dan Fawcett's Farm [6:08]
11. The School [3:15]
12. At the Restaurant [7:32]
13. The Gas Station [8:37]
14. The Phone Booth [1:52]
15. Laying Blame [1:42]
16. Where's Cathy? [1:40]
17. Under Seige [4:12]
18. Upstairs [11:18]
19. Evicted [6:01]
20. The Only Way Out [5:02]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / Rear Window
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
      Featurette: A Conversation With Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
      Production Notes
      Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
Disc #2 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / Vertigo
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Obsessed With Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
         Chapter List
         Languages
            Spoken Language: English
            Subtitles: English SDH
            Subtitles: Español
            Subtitles: Français
            Subtitles: Off
         Play
      Feature Commentary With Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz and Other Vertigo Participants
      Production Notes
      Theatrical Trailer
      Foreign Censorship Ending
      The Vertigo Archives
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
Disc #3 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection /North by Northwest
   Play
   Scenes
   Features
      Commentary by Ernest Lehman
      Music-Only Track
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English (for the Hearing Impaired)
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #4 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / Psycho
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Theatrical Trailer
      Re-Release Trailers
      Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
      The Shower Scene
      The Psycho Archives
      Production Photographs
      Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
      The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
      Lobby Cards
      Poster and Psycho Ads
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
Disc #5 -- Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection / The Birds
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Deleted Scene
      The Original Ending
      Storyboard Sequence
      Tippi Hendren's Screen Test
      The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
      Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
      Production Photographs
      Production Notes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
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