Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection

Overview

Although he was established as a master of suspense by 1929, Alfred Hitchcock was still under contract to British International Pictures, and thus still obliged to direct everything his studio chose for him. Hitch's last silent film was The Manxman, a "romantic triangle" imbroglio based on a novel by Hall Caine. Filmed on location in the Isle of Man, the story concerns a local fisherman named Pete Carl Brisson, a law student named Philip Malcolm Keen, and a beautiful village girl named Kate played by German ...
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Overview

Although he was established as a master of suspense by 1929, Alfred Hitchcock was still under contract to British International Pictures, and thus still obliged to direct everything his studio chose for him. Hitch's last silent film was The Manxman, a "romantic triangle" imbroglio based on a novel by Hall Caine. Filmed on location in the Isle of Man, the story concerns a local fisherman named Pete Carl Brisson, a law student named Philip Malcolm Keen, and a beautiful village girl named Kate played by German actress Anny Ondra. When Pete is reported drowned, Kate turns to Philip for solace and sexual gratification. By and by, Pete returns none the worse for wear. Never suspecting that Kate has been unfaithful to him, Pete marries the girl. Eventually she bears Philip's child, which of course Pete assumes is his. Unable to lie to her husband anymore, Kate attempts suicide, which according to the laws of the Island is a crime. Kate is brought before the judge, who happens to be her ex-lover Philip. Confronted with the truth by Kate's father who has suspected all along that she and Philip have had an affair, Philip gives up his legal career to make an "honest woman" out of Kate. An unrelentingly dour film, The Manxman is nonetheless beautifully photographed by Jack Cox. Sensing that the film would not appeal to a mass audience, BIP withheld release of The Manxman until after the distribution of Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail.
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Special Features

Alfred Hitchcock - The Master of Suspense; The Hitchcock Style: a brand-new documentary featurette highlighting the life and career behind one of the most prolific and celebrated filmmakers of the 20th century; Alfred Hitchcock bio; Theatrical trailers; Hitchcock on the Radio - "39 Steps:" the entire 40-minute Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Hitchcock's "39 Steps" which was originally transmitted on December 13, 1937; Alfred Hitchcock filmography; Poster gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • UPC: 787364630493
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  • Source: Bci / Eclipse
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 13:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Champagne
1. Unorthodox Embarcation [11:14]
2. Neptune at the Helm [10:41]
3. A New Cocktail [13:20]
4. Such a Thing as Pride [10:58]
5. Letter of Introduction [7:48]
6. Maiden's Prayer [8:36]
7. Flights of Fancy [12:33]
8. A Friend in Need [9:42]
Disc #1, Side B -- Murder!
1. Open the Door! [7:42]
2. Understudies [8:35]
3. Gallant Attempt [15:49]
4. Controversial Brandy [8:56]
5. This Is Life [12:41]
6. Woman's Voice [8:06]
7. Visiting the Prisoner [9:42]
8. Elaborate Play [20:44]
Disc #2, Side A -- Number Seventeen
1. Slippery Steps [8:09]
2. Innocence Questioned [7:22]
3. Scared Stupid [7:25]
4. Grand Tour [7:43]
5. Shots Rang Out [9:40]
6. Not So Fast [6:28]
7. High Speed Hijinks [11:07]
8. Bullet Train [7:54]
Disc #2, Side B -- 39 Steps
1. Mr. Memory [7:16]
2. Freelance Designer [11:32]
3. All Aboard [11:47]
4. Cheating Heart [8:50]
5. The Missing Digit [10:44]
6. Important Secrets [8:14]
7. Linked Together [13:50]
8. Fresh & Rejuvenated [10:04]
Disc #3, Side A -- The Skin Game
1. Turned Out [9:42]
2. Gout and Sentiment [11:25]
3. The Auction [9:11]
4. Outside the Pale [10:35]
5. Laws of Slander [9:26]
6. Chloe Hornblower [9:32]
7. The Last to Judge [10:09]
8. Unclean Hands [8:32]
Disc #3, Side B -- Jamaica Inn
1. A Bad Name [11:51]
2. Squire of Pengallon [12:04]
3. Mister Trahearne [11:43]
4. Desperate Character [10:48]
5. Blood on Silk [10:56]
6. Foul Play [9:25]
7. The Beacon [10:15]
8. The Falmouth Packet [12:46]
Disc #4, Side A -- Easy Virtue
1. Posing for Her Portrait [9:38]
2. The Verdict [9:20]
3. Mr. John Whittaker [9:27]
4. Meeting Mother [10:15]
5. Familiar Face [10:10]
6. Miserable Life [10:42]
7. Uncovering the Past [8:11]
8. Peacemaker [12:28]
Disc #4, Side B -- The Manxman
1. Friendly Petition [17:48]
2. A Queen of Kate [10:13]
3. Surprise News [13:39]
4. Homecoming [17:19]
5. Honeymoon [11:01]
6. Little Complications [15:54]
7. Lies [10:14]
8. Final Judgments [14:19]
Disc #5, Side A -- The Farmer's Wife
1. Poor Soul [16:42]
2. Hordes of Visitors [16:32]
3. Suave & Sexy [16:13]
4. The Long Ride Home [8:00]
5. Unimpressed [16:22]
6. Royal Feast [24:05]
7. Happier Days [9:26]
8. Love After All [22:14]
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Disc #5, Side B -- Bonus Program
   The Hitchcock Style
   Alfred Hitchcock Bio
   Theatrical Trailers
      The Birds
      Dial M for Murder
      Foreign Correspondent
      I Confess
      The Man Who Knew Too Much
      Marnie
      North by Northwest
      Psycho
      Rear Window
      Rebecca
      Rope
      Saboteur
      Spellbound
      Strangers on a Train
      To Catch a Thief
      Topaz
      Torn Curtain
      The Trouble With Harry
      Vertigo
   Hitchcock on the Radio - The 39 Steps
   Alfred Hitchcock Filmography
   Poster Gallery
   Trivia
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