Universal Brings Alfred Hitchcock: Masterpiece Collection to Blu-ray in October

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Alfred Hitchcock - Masterpiece Collection

Good ev-en-ing. It’s been a long time coming, but Universal continues to celebrate it’s 100th anniversary with a collection of Hitchcock’s golden era of films. From Saboteur to Family Plot, the new Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray and over 15 hours of bonus features.

We’ll let the press release do the talking:

Fourteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock come together on Blu‐ray™ for the first time ever when Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is released on October 3, 2012 for a limited time only. Digitally restored from high‐quality film elements and presented in perfect high‐definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as its never been seen before.

This ultimate collectors set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu‐ray™ plus hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and much more, including a new documentary “The Birds, Hitchcock’s Monster Movie,” enough to satisfy even the most ardent Hitchcock fan.

Spanning three‐and‐a‐half decades of the director’s prolific career, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes the classic thrillers Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too MuchMarnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot. The films feature performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak.

One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is the ideal gift for film lovers, Hitchcock fans—or anyone who wants to discover for themselves what makes him the undisputed Master of Suspense.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]

Synopses and Bonus Features

Saboteur (1942)

This riveting wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as a factory worker who is falsely accused of sabotage and sets off on a desperate, action‐packed cross‐country chase to clear his name.

Bonus Features:

  • Saboteur: A Closer Look
  • Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Sketches
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

This thriller about a young woman (Teresa Wright) who comes to suspect that the uncle (Joseph Cotton) she idolises may in fact be a murderer was considered Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorite.

Bonus Features:

  • Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film
  • Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rope (1948)

Two friends strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim’s family and friends while their former teacher (James Stewart) becomes increasingly suspicious that his students have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.

Bonus Features:

  • Rope Unleashed
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rear Window (1954)

James Stewart and Grace Kelly star in this voyeuristic masterpiece about a photographer who becomes
obsessed with watching his neighbours and discovers a possible murder.

Bonus Features:

  • 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
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Feature Commentary with John Fawell, author of Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well‐Made Film
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re‐Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
  • Blu‐ray exclusives: BD Live, Pocket Blu

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

While no one really minds that Harry is dead, everyone has a different idea about what should be done with his body in this quirky mystery starring Shirley MacLaine and John Forsythe.

Bonus Features:

  • The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

James Stewart and Doris Day star as a vacationing American couple who accidentally become involved in an international assassination plot and must take matters into their own hands after their son is kidnapped.

Bonus Features:

  • The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Production Photographs
  • Trailers

Vertigo (1958)

James Stewart and Kim Novak star in this dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder involving an acrophobic detective and the mysterious blonde he rescues from the San Francisco bay.

Bonus Features:

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and
  • James C. Katz, and Other Vertigo Participants
  • Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer
  • BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu‐ray Exclusive)

Psycho (1960)

Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh star in this shocking classic about an unsuspecting visitor to the Bates Motel who falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths, Norman Bates.

Bonus Features:

  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
  • Hitchcock‐Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind‐the‐Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re‐release Trailers
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho)

The Birds (1963)

‘Tippi’ Hedren and Rod Taylor star in this horrific tale of nature gone berserk when thousands of birds flock into
a seaside town and terrorize the residents in a series of deadly attacks.
Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scene
  • Original Ending
  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie – New! (Blu‐ray Exclusive)
  • All About The Birds
  • Storyboards
  • Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
  • Hitchcock‐Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Production Photographs
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu‐ray Exclusive)

Marnie (1964)

‘Tippi’ Hedren stars as Marnie, a compulsive liar and thief, who winds up marrying the very man (Sean Connery)
she attempts to rob in this psychological thriller that races to an inescapable conclusion.

Bonus Features:

  • The Trouble with Marnie
  • The Marnie Archives
  • Theatrical Trailer

Torn Curtain (1966)

Paul Newman and Julie Andrews star in this action‐packed thriller about a world‐famous scientist who goes
undercover to get top‐secret information and ends up running for his life from enemy agents.

Bonus Features:

  • Torn Curtain Rising
  • Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Topaz (1969)

John Forsythe stars as an American CIA agent who hires a French operative to travel to Cuba and investigate
rumors of Russian missiles and a spy codenamed “Topaz”.

Bonus Features:

  • Alternate Endings
  • Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin
  • Storyboards: The Mendozas
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Frenzy (1972)

In this morbid blend of horror and wit, the “Necktie Murderer” has the London Police on red alert and an
innocent man (Jon Finch) is on a desperate quest to find the real criminal and clear his own name.

Bonus Features:

  • The Story of Frenzy
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Family Plot (1976)

Chaos ensues in this suspense‐comedy when a phony psychic and her not‐so‐bright boyfriend cross paths with a
slick diamond merchant and his beautiful girlfriend.

Bonus Features:

  • Plotting Family Plot
  • Storyboards: The Chase Scene
  • Production Photographs