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Alfred Hitchcock The Masterpiece Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray (2012)

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  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1TNCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Ultimate Collection of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, including Vertigo, Frenzy, Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds, come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever in perfect High-Definition picture and sound. With hours of bonus features, a collectible 15 page hardback book, art cards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs and more.

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346 of 367 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS NOT FOR THE BLU-RAY BOXED SET BUT FOR THE DVD BOXED SET.

There are both pros and cons to this remastered/rereleased Hitchcock boxed set. The pros are that all have been remastered (all of them were previously anamorphic despite what other reviews have stated except for the first edition of "Vertigo" on DVD--read the boxes of the original releases or better yet watch them)and the remastering job has resulted in colors being bolder in many cases (Do a comparison as I did)with images being crisper and with slightly better resolution. There is an exception to this--"The Man Who Knew Too Much" actually looks worse than the previous release. While colors are good the image clarity and detail are off. I'm not exactly sure what happened here but it must have been during the Telecine transfer process from film to video (and then DVD). This is based on a head-to-head comparison with the other edition of the film and isn't based on a bad DVD. Instead, it's related to the transfer not being quite as good for this new updated version. So if "Man" is one of your favorites I'd advise you to keep the previous DVD. Also, there's no paper inserts with chapter stops listed as on previous editions. Also, a couple of films didn't have a huge difference but they were still noticeable for the most part.

The DVDs are housed four to a DVD "book" with two on each side one on top of the other. I know what you're thinking--they'll get scratched--but I didn't notice any potential for that. Still, you'll need to be careful taking them out and putting them in and these holders are not as secure as the individual keep cases. Each cover is decorated with images from the original posters for each movie overlapping each other.
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249 of 265 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The REAL lowdown on this box set October 10, 2005
By DJD
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
O.K., I have the box set in my hands, and although I have not watched every movie I have scanned them all in order to write the review. I am not reviewing the movies themselves, just trying to clear up some of the confusion that seems to be surrounding this release.

First, the technical info is as follows:

The Birds, Marnie, The Trouble with Harry, Topaz, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Torn Curtain, Frenzy, and Family Plot are all Dolby 2.0, 1.85 Widescreen, Color.

Vertigo is Dolby 5.1, 1.85 Widescreen, Color

Rope, Shadow of a Doubt and The Bonus Disc are Dolby 2.0, 1.33 Full Frame, Color.

Rear Window is Dolby 2.0, 1.66 Widescreen, Color.

Psycho is Dolby 2.0, 1.85 Widescreen, B&W.

Saboteur is Dolby 2.0, 1.33 Full Frame, B&W

I actually thought the velvet box was rather nice, and I didn't mind the four discs to a sleeve. The booklet is very nice, printed with lots of color on heavy stock and includes trivia and facts on each movie.

I read a review that said one of the films didn't look as good as the others, so when I scanned them I tried to pay particular attention to the picture quality. I found all of the movies to be crisp and clean, so I would suggest maybe there was a bad disc in his box set (?).

My only negative is that only Vertigo is remastered in Dolby 5.1. I just don't understand digitally remastering the films and not the soundtrack.

However, the amount of brilliant filmmaking included in this collection is almost overwhelming. Every film is a treasure, and it's filmmaking that has rarely been equaled, let alone surpassed.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece Collection is indeed a masterpiece October 18, 2005
Format:DVD
For anybody who has not brought these films at the individual list price of $29.95, then this box set has to be considered (at under $6.00 a film) the deal (or steal) of the century.

The problem is that probably every Hitchcock fan has already purchased all or most of these films - as I did, at those advanced prices, and doesn't want to lay out any more cash. But anyone living in a major city should easily be able to get at least $6.00 a disc for their old Hitchcock DVD's at any used DVD store, and in the process they would actually be saving money and be getting a beautifully packaged box set in the process, along with a nice booklet, and the bonus of an extra disc.

Unfortunately, the extra disc, only includes (to Universal's disgrace) a mere 15 minute excerpt from the AFI life acheivement award to Hitchcock - that includes comments from Ingrid Bergman and Jimmy Stewart, as well as Hitchcock's complete acceptance speech. But missing are all the other speakers, like Janet Leigh, Francois Truffaut, John Forsythe, Anthony Perkins, etc.

This is my biggest complaint, because the entire 105 minute program was easily one of the best AFI shows ever produced. So why couldn't they include the entire program on the bonus disc?

However, that aside, the bonus disc is offset by the incredible interview segements with Mr. Hitchcock, which only runs about 33 minutes, but includes comments from the master that have never been heard before. For a director like Hitchcock, who had been endlessly interviewed, I expected this to be a repeat of comments Hitchcock had made many times elsewhere. But guess what? These 33 minutes of interview are almost entirely new material!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars No ''Nort By Northwest""!
For a ''Masterpiece'' collection, how can this not include ''North by Northwest''? For shame! This is not so much a masterpiece collection as it a collection of his most commonly... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cartoonmaniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Hitchcock, period.
Published 19 days ago by Fine Knots
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes exactly what I wanted!
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wife Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by HuskerDave8
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue
Hitchcock, another master of the cinema will not disappoint. This collection comes in a very elegant box set and every single film will intrigue and entertain you for hours. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. J. Jove
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection for a great price!
Got this for my wife and found that Hitchcock films are more than The Birds and Psycho! The background provided in the special features is great too!
Published 5 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone stole my first one...
This is such a nice set, that someone stole it from me. SO I had to buy another. Really nice box set with most of AH best pictures. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adam J. Borovkoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Box, Great Price
This is great box set. It contains some of his best movies by Universal. I'd really like to see other films in this collection such as Dial M and Notorious but they're not part of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Willie Yohanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love Hitchcock movies! For those who also do, this is a great set! Although it doesn't have essential Hitchcock films like Notorious, Suspicion, Rebecca, The 39 Steps, and North... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jagem409
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift to myself
I have been wanting this for quite some time, but like many people couldn't justify the expense for myself.. Finally bought it for myself and I am enjoying them all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Midnight reader
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