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Hitchcock (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (2013)

Anthony Hopkins , Helen Mirren , Sacha Gervasi  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston
  • Directors: Sacha Gervasi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ARA4SLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hitchcock (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray

Deleted Scene
Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock
Obsessed with Hitchcock
Sacha Gervasi's Behind the Scenes Cell Phone Footage
Hitchcock Cell Phone PSA
The Story
The Cast
Danny Elfman Maestro
Hitch and Alma
Remembering Hitchcock
Commentary with Sacha Gervasi and Stephen Rebello
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: DVD + Digital Copy + Ultraviolet

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Movies based on real-life famous people often face a delicate balancing act: provide a broad recap of the major life events for the newcomer, while also delving deep enough to satisfy those with extensive knowledge of the subject. Although Hitchcock doesn't exactly blaze any new trails into the psyche of one of the most popular filmmakers in history, the terrific central performances by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, as well as a mountain of supplemental DVD materials, make it possible to forgive quite a bit. Loosely based on Stephen Rebello's acclaimed book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the story finds the director in a creative quandary after the huge success of North by Northwest leaves him with seemingly no new worlds to conquer. Turning against the wishes of the studio and, more importantly, his wife/muse Alma Reville (Mirren), he attempts to regain his spark by turning his attention to a low-budget black-and-white shocker. Showering would never be the same again. Director Sacha Gervasi, who previously helmed the wonderfully insidery documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil, makes the studio-bound segments a blast, especially when showcasing Hitch's various methods of attack against actors such as Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), Vera Miles (Jessica Biel), and Anthony Perkins (an eerily perfect James D'Arcy). Together with Hopkins's plummy, slightly demented characterization, it presents a blackly comic look at a public figure whose sadistic glee in putting people through the ringer had a way of escaping the screen. Once off the set, though, things do admittedly begin to falter a bit, ascribing some questionable psychological motivations to the director's methods (a bit involving the notorious cannibal Ed Gein is particularly silly), and occasionally stranding Mirren on the sidelines. Even if it does occasionally stumble, however, the performances and juicy backstage bits ensure that Hitchcock serves as an entertaining starter course in an endlessly fascinating filmmaker. If its gaps inspire you to watch, oh, a few dozen or so of the Master's movies to fill in the blanks, so much the better. --Andrew Wright

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Oscarr Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren* are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema's most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won't back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he sets out to make the film. Ultimately, Hitch wins Alma over, and the two collaborate to create an enduring masterpiece - Psycho. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Jessica Biel, Hitchcock is "a knockout from start to finish" (Rex Reed, New York Observer).

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Presenting "Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock": the Mrs. wins January 6, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
"Hitchcock" (2012 release; 98 min.) is based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho'. As the movie opens we see that Hitchcock is enjoying the success of 1959's North by Northwest movie, and is now pondering his next project. Paramount Pictures would like for him to do another North By Northwest-like movie, but Hitchcock is itching for something different and challenging. He stumbles upon the book Psycho, and decides that will be his next project. Paramount resists of course, and Hitchcock in the end finances the movie pretty much by himself. But the REAL story of "Hitchcock" is not Psycho, or not even Alfred Hitchcock himself, but instead Alma Reville (a/k/a Mrs. Hitchcock) and her relationship with Alfred and other people in her life. In that sense, the movie is really mistitled, and a more appropriate title would be "Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock". I don't know to what extent the movie is a correct reflection of historical facts, but I was quite surprised to learn of the active role that Alma played in (i) rewriting the script for Psycho when rewrites where needed and the original writer was unavailable, (ii) stepping in as a director when Hitchcock fell ill for a few days, and (iii) re-editing (along with Hitchcock) the film after the initial cool reception (it was her Alma's insistence that the now infamous musical score for the shower scene was added).

Several comments: the acting in the movie is superb throughout. I felt a bit sorry for Anthony Hopkins as he has the impossible task of bringing an iconic character like Hitchcock to life, but Hopkins did pretty well. However, the scene-stealer par excellence is Helen Mirren as Mrs. Hitchcock: she truly brings the film to life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I don't know much about Alfred Hitchcock, other than the movies he left us with. That's why I was so interested in seeing this biographical drama. When I found out that Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren were involved, I was tempted to see "Hitchcock" the week it opened in theaters. I missed that opportunity, and the remainder of its run had one evening showing per day, so I eventually decided to wait for the Blu-ray. Reviews have been disappointing, but, as always, I trusted my instincts and decided to make up my own mind.

Hopkins doesn't try to mimic Hitchcock's voice exactly, but he does employ the deliberate mode of speech that most of us are familiar with. The makeup isn't entirely convincing either, but it's good enough to get the job done. Hopkins plays the director quite seriously, and I felt that Hitchcock's playful nature was a little underused.

What the movie attempts to do is take us back to the making of Psycho, which was released in 1960. Paramount's bosses were seeking something similar to North by Northwest, which had been released in 1959, but Hitchcock wanted to try something new. We learn how the project was chosen, and the sacrifices that Hitchcock and wife Alma made to make it happen. It's an interesting look at a brief time in a career which spanned more than half a century.

The movie gets a lot of things right; It looks and feels like 1960, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel manage to resemble film stars of that era, and the casting in general is excellent.

I've been thinking about why reviews were so negative, and I've come to the conclusion that it is a movie which will appeal to a very specific audience. It's not a gripping drama, and there isn't much excitement. This is a story intended for movie buffs or fans of Hitchcock.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Hopkins is stellar March 4, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Great performance by Anthony Hopkins. He was unrecognizable. Interesting back story on the making of Psycho. I didn't feel the film revealed much about who Hitchcock really was. There was too much surface scratching & at the end I thought...that's it? Overall, a decent rental that keeps your attention. You won't want your money back or want to throw things at the screen. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Thats why they call me the master of suspense" January 11, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
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4 1/2 stars- a great film

Having read many of the more famous movie critics pick this film apart, I still had a great desire to see this film. The subject matter and actors made this a must see for the 2012 film season in my book. The first problem was the limited amount of theaters showing the film. I actually had to wait for it to show up at a discount theater, which is where I viewed the film today. The long wait and the negative reviews were all brushed aside as I saw Alfred Hitchcock before my eyes- courtesy of Anthony Hopkins.

Hopkins no doubt, spent endless hours learning how to speak and act like Mr. Hitchcock. It wasn't just his voice that comes across as authentic, its also some of his poses and glances. I had even heard some rumblings about the choice of Hopkins to play the famous director. There is no doubt that this selection was the right one. Its easy to try and find problems with someone who is portraying an icon. But make no mistake Hopkin's delivers in his best role in recent memory.

Many of us grew up watching Hitch on his tv program reruns. As a nice touch in the film it starts and ends like one of his television shows- with Hitchcock's classic comments about what we are going to see and what we have just witnessed. The film shows us the behind the scenes making of Psycho and all that went right and wrong in the process. What to do when Paramount doesn't want to finance your new film? A disgruntled actress at the end of her contract has to co-exist with Mr.Hitchock. There are problems with the Hitchcock marriage. Many things are going on and yet, Hitchcock with the help of Alma (Hellen Mirren)pull things together their way.

Hellen Mirren is incredible as Mrs.Hitchock- Alma.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grab the popcorn- You'll like this one.
One of those sleeper movies I missed at the theater. It was interesting and entertaining. The acting was great and the story flowed well. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Just me
5.0 out of 5 stars What made Hitchcock?
Anthony Hopkins is fantastic as Alfred Hitchcock. This is the story of the driving force behind his career: His wife
Published 23 days ago by Carol McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Great movie! I loved it
Published 26 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it...
A very intriguing depiction of Mr. Hitchcock's life, Hopkins does a phenomenal performance, it's a movie I could watch at least once a month!!!
Published 1 month ago by Bruce P. Reinhard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Anthony Hopkins completely disappears in one of the most mature stories of love and respect I've ever seen. Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Geohard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any Classic film Buff!!!
INCREDIBLE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anthony Hopkins was robbed of an Oscar! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank Ferruccio
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Meren are great in this movie. It's loaded with laughs and history of the production of the movie Pyscho. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing!
The reason why I enjoyed this film so much is because I just love Hitchcock because he's an eccentric and I just love eccentrics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Author of Every Man Wants More Than One
5.0 out of 5 stars joy
this critique of the master is nothing short of a master at work within the the fabric of the man hitchcock who was genius at work was his best stuff from england i somtimes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tim huxoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
My wife and I are both big Hitchcock fans. We saw a preview for this movie while at the theater, and had planned to watch it in a theater setting when it was released, but as it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Williams
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