Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection

Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock

     
 

Alfred Hitchcock entered the 1970s with his commercial reputation virtually in tatters, a far cry from his stature at the start of the 1960s. Then, he'd been in the middle of the massively successful trio of movies, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, and was a ubiquitous presence onSee more details below

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Overview

Alfred Hitchcock entered the 1970s with his commercial reputation virtually in tatters, a far cry from his stature at the start of the 1960s. Then, he'd been in the middle of the massively successful trio of movies, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, and was a ubiquitous presence on television thanks to his anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents -- but the series ended, and he'd suffered three expensive box-office failures in a row, Marnie, Torn Curtain, and Topaz, in the second half of the 1960s. He redeemed himself with Frenzy, however, which marked his return not only to England for the first time in 20 years but also to the subject matter with which he'd started his career in thrillers back in 1926 -- murder, and a hunt for a serial killer in London. As the latest female victim of the "Necktie Murderer" is found in the Thames, raped and strangled, we meet Richard Blaney (Jon Finch), a bitter, belligerent ex-Royal Air Force officer who can't seem to find his way in life. He drinks too much and holds grudges too easily, and has an explosive temper, which is very near the surface as he's just lost his job. We also meet his girlfriend, a barmaid (Anna Massey); his ex-wife, a professional matchmaker (Barbara Leigh-Hunt); and his best friend, Covent Garden fruit seller Bob Rusk (Barry Foster). Their connection to the necktie murders will be clear to us in the first 30 minutes of the movie and, not coincidentally, completely misinterpreted by the police, as Chief Inspector Oxford (Alec McCowan) and his men tighten a circle around the wrong man, who rapidly runs out of options and allies. The chase and suspense are classic Hitchcock, favorably recalling a dozen of his earlier movies, from The Lodger and The 39 Steps through Saboteur and Spellbound to Dial M for Murder and North by Northwest, with some new twists and the added energy afforded by the extensive use of actual London locations. There's also a good deal more sex and nudity here than Hitchcock was ever allowed to use in his earlier movies, owing to the relaxation of "decency" standards that had taken place in the years leading up to this production. The suspense derives from multiple interlocking and overlapping layers of uncertainty -- when will each of the two men, suspect and murderer, slip? (And which will slip first?) When and how will the police realize their mistake, and will it be in time to save the innocent man? Amid the straightforward storytelling and thriller elements, Hitchcock manages to slip in a few bravura cinematic moments, the best of them a pullback shot down a flight of stairs into a busy street as the killer invites his next victim into his home, as well as a scene aboard a truck, with a murderer desperately wrestling with a corpse hidden in a sack of potatoes. Frenzy was adapted from Arthur La Bern's novel Goodbye Picadilly, Farewell Leicester Square by mystery aficionado Anthony Shaffer, but for all of that and its decidedly modern trappings of sex and violence, it bears the indelible stylistic stamp of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
We're not certain that each of the 14 movies compiled in this deluxe box set rates the "masterpiece" designation, but there's no arguing that the lion's share of them fall into that category. For example, Shadow of a Doubt (1942), starring Joseph Cotten as a murderer who hides from the police by staying with unsuspecting family members, has been consistently underrated. Rear Window (’54) never ceases to impress, and Hitchcock's ’56 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring James Stewart and Doris Day, is even better than the director's much-praised ’34 version. Although the gimmicky Rope (’48), shot in a series of ten-minute "takes," comes off today as overly theatrical and self-satisfied, it still commands respect for the ingenuity needed to pull it off. The Trouble with Harry (’56) continues to delight lovers of black comedy, a subgenre rarely explored -- but definitely appreciated -- by this gifted filmmaker. Psycho (’60) remains the definitive Hitchcock shocker for many fans, although devotees who've studied the director's life believe that Vertigo (’58), a gripping study of obsession, is far more illustrative of Hitch's personality. And who can forget the simple, unadulterated creepiness of The Birds (’62)? Terrific movies, all of them. So much so, in fact, that the relative weakness of Saboteur (’42), Marnie (’64), Torn Curtain (’66), Topaz (’69), Frenzy (’72), and Family Plot (’76) might seem more apparent due to their inclusion in this collection with the better films. Happily, the good far outweighs the middling, and the box set is tailor-made for thriller fans eager to get heavily Hitched.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0025192834622
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
14:00:00
Sales rank:
4,213

Special Features

The Birds - Rated PG-13; Marnie: Rated PG; Vertigo: Rated PG; Rope: Rated PG; Rear Window: Rated PG; Psycho: Rated R; The Man Who Knew Too Much: Rated PG; Torn Curtain: Rated PG; Frenzy: Rated R; Shadow of a Doubt: Rated PG; The Trouble With Harry: Rated PG; Topaz: Rated NR; Saboteur: Rated PG; Bonus Disc: Rated NR; Family Plot: Rated PG; 14 documentaries; 9 featurettes; Commentaries; Newsreel footage; Production photos, sketches and notes; Storyboards; Theatrical trailers; Masters of Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock; AFI Salute to Alfred Hitchcock; All about the Birds; The making of Psycho

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 1 - Saboteur
1. Main Titles [1:29]
2. The Factory Fire [6:38]
3. Prime Suspect [3:48]
4. A Wanted Man [4:59]
5. Mr. Tobin [8:27]
6. The Fugitive [2:51]
7. Mr. Martin's Guest [4:47]
8. Patricia [3:42]
9. Pat's Prisoner [4:11]
10. The Circus Troupe [11:15]
11. Soda City [8:43]
12. Heading for New York [4:00]
13. Unwelcome Surprises [3:44]
14. The Party Crashers [3:18]
15. To Stop a Traitor [12:38]
16. Fry on the Run [9:34]
17. The Statue of Liberty [4:06]
18. End Titles [10:07]
Disc #2 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 2 - Shadow of a Doubt
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. Mr. Spencer's Friends [5:35]
3. One Man's Family [9:38]
4. Uncle Charlie [4:11]
5. Gifts [5:02]
6. That Tune... [4:07]
7. The Newspaper [4:30]
8. Man of the Moment [5:17]
9. 40,000 Dollars [3:27]
10. The Questionnaire Men [8:30]
11. A Detective [4:20]
12. The Need to Know [6:21]
13. The Real Uncle Charlie [7:35]
14. Fair Warning [8:31]
15. "Accidents" [11:10]
16. The Last Waltz [13:03]
17. A Hateful World [2:58]
18. End Titles [1:27]
Disc #3 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 3 - Rope
1. Main Titles [1:58]
2. The Perfect Murder [7:29]
3. A Masterpiece [2:14]
4. The Rope [1:54]
5. Mrs. Wilson [3:36]
6. The Fun Begins [6:19]
7. The Kentleys [3:36]
8. Phillip's Hands [1:06]
9. Rupert [4:55]
10. The Chicken Strangler [1:11]
11. Murder Is an Art [5:34]
12. Kenneth & Janet [4:25]
13. A Peculiar Party [2:16]
14. Rupert's Suspicion [5:14]
15. The Party's Over [7:50]
16. Cat & Mouse [3:31]
17. Rupert's Justice [10:01]
18. End Titles [6:48]
Disc #4 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 4 - 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 #5 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 5 - 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]
Disc #6 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 6 - Marnie
1. Main Titles [1:59]
2. The Mystery Brunette [6:48]
3. Mama [10:03]
4. The New Payroll Clerk [7:05]
5. A Drop of Red [2:51]
6. Instinctual Behavior [6:04]
7. The Race Track [5:03]
8. The Rutlands [3:57]
9. A Robbery at Rutland's [5:02]
10. The "Real" Marnie [11:33]
11. The New Mrs. Rutland [7:11]
12. If You Touch Me... [11:46]
13. Beneath the Facade [11:13]
14. That Dream [6:53]
15. A Face From the Past [:00]
16. The Death of a Friend [7:23]
17. Take the Money [4:48]
18. A Visit With Mama [6:02]
19. Remember, Marnie... [3:14]
20. Marnie's Choice [10:07]
Disc #7 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 7 - Torn Curtain
1. Main Titles [5:33]
2. The Radiogram [5:51]
3. Michael's Book [4:10]
4. A Change of Plan [5:21]
5. The Defector [16:01]
6. Tailed [3:49]
7. Pi [3:53]
8. A Hard Man to Kill [10:26]
9. Sarah's Decision [3:51]
10. Koska [4:09]
11. Under Suspicion [7:14]
12. Counterfeit Traitor [10:16]
13. Lindt's Secrets [1:22]
14. A Bus to Berlin [7:44]
15. The Countess [12:23]
16. The Ballet Ruse [13:11]
17. Welcome to Sweden [7:20]
18. End Titles [4:31]
Disc #8 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 8 - Topaz
1. Main Titles [2:11]
2. The Defectors [15:42]
3. Intelligence Concerns [4:55]
4. Dinner With Devereaux [7:36]
5. The Facts About Cuba [3:08]
6. Andre's Assignment [5:37]
7. The Man From Martinique [21:21]
8. The Cuban Operative [10:34]
9. Things Fall Apart [17:32]
10. Fate of a Traitor [1:59]
11. Topaz [11:58]
12. Traitors in Our Midst [8:31]
13. The Devereaux Problem [4:33]
14. Jarre's Interview [5:53]
15. The Body in the Courtyard [8:57]
16. Nicole's Secret [1:54]
17. The Last of Topaz [4:54]
18. Crisis Averted (Titles) [4:05]
Disc #9 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 9 - The Trouble With Harry
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. Hunting [3:23]
3. Harry [8:50]
4. Mr. Marlowe [6:40]
5. Miss Gravely [3:32]
6. A Portrait [13:40]
7. The Truth About Harry [5:13]
8. Coffee and Muffins [4:06]
9. A Burial Place [6:58]
10. Whodunit? [2:29]
11. The Old Salt's Home [:33]
12. No Rest for Harry [5:31]
13. Art Sale [7:08]
14. Harry's Shoes [4:24]
15. A Reason for Murder [6:53]
16. Calvin Wiggs [5:03]
17. The Doctor's Diagnosis [8:16]
18. Repeat Performance [2:36]
Disc #10 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 10 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1. Main Titles [2:49]
2. The Bus to Marrakech [9:24]
3. Bernard's Business [5:06]
4. The Draytons [7:48]
5. Murder at the Market [7:44]
6. The Interrogation [9:43]
7. The Awful Truth [6:44]
8. London [10:45]
9. Ambrose Chappell [6:45]
10. It's a Place! [3:14]
11. Conspirators [5:18]
12. Confrontation [5:11]
13. An Empty Chapel [3:28]
14. Albert Hall [5:08]
15. A Crash of Cymbals [8:20]
16. Remove the Child [5:58]
17. Mother's Song [6:08]
18. One Last Stroll [6:53]
Disc #11 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 11 - 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 Desperate 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; Locations 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 Title Credits [1:05]
12. Original Theatrical Trailer [2:31]
13. Restoration Theatrical Trailer [1:24]
Disc #12 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 12 - 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 Hotel [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 #13 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 13 - Frenzy
1. Main Titles [1:59]
2. Another Necktie Murder [2:26]
3. Given the Push [12:15]
4. The Ex [8:49]
5. His Type of Woman [10:07]
6. It Was Blaney... [5:40]
7. Suddenly Rich [4:09]
8. The Murderer Upstairs [6:28]
9. The Porters [11:05]
10. Bob Helps Out [7:37]
11. Bagging Babs [3:55]
12. My Only Alibi [9:45]
13. Bob's Duty [4:13]
14. Guilty [5:01]
15. Under Suspicion [2:42]
16. Blaney's Escape [10:20]
17. Caught Without a Tie [4:39]
18. End Titles [3:42]
Disc #14 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 14 - Family Plot
1. The Rainbirds' Secret [10:00]
2. Blanche & George [4:02]
3. The Silent Blonde [5:53]
4. The Kidnapping Couple [10:24]
5. The Chauffeur's Daughter [3:13]
6. Grave Matters [7:53]
7. Where's Eddie? [4:58]
8. Mr. Adamson [10:55]
9. A Marvelous Clue [3:37]
10. Taking the Bishop [6:06]
11. Maloney's Deal [7:17]
12. No Brakes [10:15]
13. Blanche Takes Over [4:26]
14. The Unwelcome Guest [8:27]
15. Looking for Blanche [7:45]
16. Adamson at Bay [8:24]
17. A Real Psychic [3:02]
18. End Titles [2:15]
Disc #15 -- The Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, Disc 15 - Bonus Features
1. Introduction [1:31]
2. The Novel and the True Story [3:19]
3. The Screenwriter of "Psycho" [7:37]
4. A Low-Budget Film [1:38]
5. Casting [10:34]
6. Production Begins [2:57]
7. Hitchcock's Cameo [2:32]
8. Production Stories [5:17]
9. Working With Tony Perkins [2:52]
10. Hitchcockian Themes [3:20]
11. Breaking Taboos [3:09]
12. The Shower Scene [13:43]
13. After the Murder [1:35]
14. The Murder of Arbogast [3:32]
15. Working With Hitchcock [3:11]
16. Meeting Mother [4:03]
17. Psychoanalysis [3:02]
18. The Score [4:52]
19. Finishing the Film [:47]
20. Censorship [1:51]
21. Before the Release [1:58]
22. Don't Miss the Beginning [2:35]
23. Making the Trailer [2:06]
24. The Reviews [1:21]
25. It's All for the Audience [2:48]
26. End Credits [1:46]

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