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Reunite with the “Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock, for more of the mind-boggling twists and devious thrills synonymous with one of TV’s greatest shows, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In the fifth season, delve into 38 stories of greed, larceny, revenge and murder where every character holds a guilty secret and a misleading “MacGuffin” lurks in every corner. Featuring some of Hollywood’s brightest guest stars, including Walter Matthau, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Dick Van Dyke, William Shatner and Burt Reynolds, it’s five discs of delicious mysteries from the icon whose highest hope for his audience was to “give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 985 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UL4NF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on January 8, 2012
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Season five takes flight immediately with a deliciously acerbic and dark-humored tale starring Lawrence Harvey, scream queen Hazel Court and Patrick Macnee that's a sumptuous treat from beginning to end, and with direction by Hitch, how can it possibly get any better? The 'abdominal snowman' (as he refers to himself) returns to the director's chair for the second episode that takes place on the Swiss Alps, reminiscent of his earlier British and first few American films, a saddening love story that takes place over the course of 40 years.

From here, each and every episode is captivating, rewarding and worth several viewings - even though you may know the outcome, the way the stories are acted, directed and paced insures continuous entertainment and enjoyment, and how many TV shows can you say that about? The picture and audio are absolutely splendid, leaving little room for improvement - no blu-ray version necessary, IMO. The actors involved are among the best of the times (or any other before or since) - even those character actors you don't necessarily know by name but whose faces are familiar from your past as they were constantly utilized due to their consummate professionalism - and include Dick Van Dyke, Laurence Harvey, Suzanne Pleshette, Macdonald Carey, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Burt Reynolds, Edgar Buchannan, Walter Matthau, Brian Keith, Patrick Macnee (in several episodes that pre-date his nine year tenure on 'The Avengers'), Peter Lorre, Steve McQueen, William Shatner, Robert Morley, Harry Morgan, Jackie Coogan, Joseph Cotten, Raymond Massey, Dick York, etc. The list goes on and on and is delightful to see these charming folks weave in and out of each episode. They bring something unique and special to the table to those of us who can "remember when".
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Travis M. Taylor on October 13, 2011
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For us fans of Mr. Hitchcock, we get to start off 2012 with a great classic release, that is season 5 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Season 5 has one of my favorite episodes of the entire series. The episode is called "MAN FROM THE SOUTH". It is about a man (Steve McQueen) who bets his finger that his cigarette lighter will lite 10 consecutive times. That is all I'm gonna tell you cuz I would be spoiling the story if you haven't seen it yet. The episode also stars Peter Lorre. When you get this set, watch "MAN FROM THE SOUTH" first before any other episode. You'll be glad you did! It is very NERVE WRACKING! WHEW! I have this episode on a video tape, but now I am looking forward to having it on DVD, along with all the others.

Enjoy, Hitchcock fans!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AndreaP. on March 9, 2013
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I was born in 1980, so I unfortunately wasn't around at the time this show aired on network television. But I was lucky enough to have parents that often watched these re-runs, along with those of "The Twilight Zone," "The Outer Limits," etc. As an adult, I now appreciate these shows in a whole new way. Hitchcock is, of course, the Master of Suspense. Everyone loves his movies, but I think his tv shows (this one and the later "Alfred Hitchcock Hour") often get overlooked.

Before watching this DVD set, I wasn't familiar with most of the episodes of this season. After my first viewing, I initially thought that the earlier seasons were much better, with the exception of a few. But after re-watching, I've changed my mind. This season, while perhaps not as strong as the earlier seasons, does hold its own - which is pretty impressive for a fifth season. I would imagine after so many shows, it's difficult to come up with original ideas; and, in fact, many of these episodes were borrowed/adapted from books.

"Man From the South" is the obvious stand-out episode here. I recall my parents watching that episode and talking about how great Steve McQueen was in it. Peter Lorre, as usual, brings the creep factor. Those two are brilliant together. "Special Delivery" is my favorite one in the set. It exemplifies the alien craze which shrouded the nation in the early '60's. "Specialty of the House" is another great one. You can see the ending coming from a mile away, but it's still delightfully gruesome.

Until seasons 6 and 7 are released, those episodes have been uploaded onto youtube with pretty decent quality. I can't get enough of this show and watch it often. It sounds cliche' to say, but I do really prefer classic tv to most of our current tv shows. I'm hoping my generation continues to pass down these classics to the next generations.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Man VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Five" contains 38 episodes from the 1959-1960 season, including two -- "Arthur" and "The Crystal Trench" -- directed by Hitchcock himself.

The shows are presented in the concise, half-hour format. Hitchcock introduces and closes each program with humorous comments about the story at hand. Some stars in Season Five episodes are Dick Van Dyke, Laurence Harvey, Robert Vaughn, William Shatner, Hermione Gingold, Joseph Cotten, Walter Matthau, Dick York, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, and Suzanne Pleshette. The Hitchcock shows were known for their twist or ironic endings and included mysteries, humorous tales, suspense yarns, ghost stories, and the occasional horror tale.

There are a number of standout episodes in Season Five. In Roald Dahl's "Man From the South," a fellow (Steve McQueen) agrees to an unusual wager that could result in the loss of more than cash. In "Specialty of the House," a gourmand (Robert Morley) eagerly desires to become a life member of an ultra-exclusive gourmet club and to see inside the usually off-limits kitchen. "Special Delivery" is a creepy tale about a young boy who orders mushrooms through the mail and raises them as his parents begin to suspect their presence in the house is causing odd changes in their son. "Escape to Sonoita" is an ironic take on human nature as two truck drivers (Burt Reynolds, James Bell) in the Arizona desert encounter kidnappers who steal their truck and leave them to die.

Hitchcock's introductions and post-epsode commentary are always witty and original. Hitchcock was busy making feature films ("North By Northwest," "Psycho") while his show was on the air, so he didn't have time to direct every episode. His contract allowed him to direct only those he had a particular fondness for. Other directors were hired for the balance of each season's episodes.
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where the hell is season 6 & 7????????????????
Looks like Universal has Season 6 in the works according to tvshowsondvd.com but as of yet have not given an official release date. Finally! Will we ever complete this series?
Oct 30, 2012 by P. Rose |  See all 3 posts
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None. It was an installment on The Alfred Hitchcock HOUR.
Aug 25, 2013 by MacGuffin |  See all 5 posts
Alfred Hitchcock HOUR episodes
Good question. I can't answer it, unfortunately. But in the meantime, you can watch some of the episodes on youtube. :)
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does season five include the episode "no pain'" thx Be the first to reply
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