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Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection (Lifeboat / Spellbound / Notorious / The Paradine Case / Sabotage / Young and Innocent / Rebecca / The Lodger) (2008)

Cary Grant , Claude Rains , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Claude Rains
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 594 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D8W7EA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection (Lifeboat / Spellbound / Notorious / The Paradine Case / Sabotage / Young and Innocent / Rebecca / The Lodger)" on IMDb

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Bonus Features: Disc 1: The Lifeboat

Disc 2: Young and Innocent **Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello and Bill Krohn **Isolated Music and Effects Track **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Francois Truffant Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Trailers **Still Galleries

Disc 3: The Lodger **Commentary with film Historian Patrick McGilligan **Featurette The Sound of Silence: The making of The Lodger, Hitchcock 101 **1940 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Francois Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Trailers **Still Gallery

Disc 4: Notorious Disc 5: Rebecca CE

Disc 6: Sabatoge **Commentary with film Historian Leonard Leff **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Still Gallery **Trailer Farm

Disc 7: Spellbound

Disc 8: The Paradine Case **Commentary with film Historians Stephen Rebello and Bill Krohn **Isolated Music and Effects Track **1949 Radio Play starring Joseph Cotton **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Theatrical Trailer **Still Gallery **Trailer Farm

Episode Description: Disc 1: The Lifeboat Disc 2: Young and Innocent Disc 3: The Lodger Disc 4: Notorious Disc 5: Rebecca CE Disc 6: Sabatoge Disc 7: Spellbound Disc 8: The Paradine Case

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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great transfers, but MGM should recall the set October 29, 2008
This is a fantasic set, featuring some of the best transfers I've seen and some great new extras... however, it's becoming clear that MGM needs to recall this set a.s.a.p. In the set I bought, three of the discs refuse to play completely in my standalone DVD player, and the other jitter and jump occasionally.

I run the Alfred Hitchcock Wiki site and I've received dozens of emails and messages from people who've bought the set and are unable to play one or more of the discs. Clearly whoever handled the physical manufacturing of the DVDs has foobar'd big time.

Ideally I'd have given this set 5 stars but, under the cirmcustances, I've got to say "buyer beware" and that you should wait for MGM to recall the set.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it, but there are problems! October 15, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I received my collection last night and what a treat!

I love the casing. I think the plastic case is durable and great. The spiral notebook feature could not be nicer.

However, I too had problems getting the discs out without scratching them. And I watched Notorious last night ... well at least I tried to.
About an hour into the film the most unbearable stops, starts, pixels, lack of sound all started destroying the movie!

Right when Dev and Alicia get out of the wine cellar and are in the garden devising a way to get out of the situation, the picture becomes distorted. After a while it returns to normal, only to start up again! Whole scenes are skipped until the final scene.

The disc is defective and Rebecca looks as though it is too : ((.

A replacement should already be on the way (thank you Amazon!), but I warn you to check the discs carefully right away.

Hitchcock and the movies are amazing nonetheless.


Even after replacements, still the same problems! Notorious is unplayable from certain scenes in the scene selection option on the menu. I have watched every other DVD in the collection and although there were some slight distortions, nothing as bad as Notorious.

I am so disappointed in this product.

***Update for the Update***
I have finally received a quality product. It took a very long time, and many attempts to get it. I think Amazon has discovered the bad batch and removed them from their stock. Thank goodness too, right in time for the holidays!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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The quality of Hitchcock's movies is, I think, no longer in dispute. These are some of his best, and they're worth owning without question. This review will focus completely on the 8-disc set itself, the transfers, and the packaging.

I'll start with the packaging: it sucks. Big time. How manufacturers continue to produce these expensive sets and package the DVDs in cardboard sleeves is BEYOND me. I opened the set, saw the cardboard sleeves, and quickly removed the discs from the sleeves and put them in a slim case for shelving. As careful as I was... and I was VERY careful... I still ended up scratching the discs a little. I popped the discs in to check to see if, slight as the scratches were, they affected playback... and they seem to play fine. Still, I have a set that's 2 hours in my possession, and the discs are scuffed... and that bothers me.

They made an effort at cool packaging which caused this... the discs come in a very cool spiral-bound book that has a few pages on each movie, and then you flip to where the disc sets. I admire the design, I even like the book, but it would have been better served if the movies were OUTSIDE it. In cases, maybe? Anyway.

The transfers seem very, very good. Given a lot of these movies are probably from significantly degraded transfers, I have to applaud the restoration efforts. I've watched The Paradine Case and am now watching Young and Innocent... Paradine was practically spotless, Young and Innocent looks the same. Audio is crisp, noise and film scratches are gone. I'm impressed... this set will make a dandy replacement for the Criterion set featuring Notorious, Spellbound and Rebecca, assuming the same standards hold throughout the set.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great transfers, Wonderful films, Defective discs January 6, 2009
I bought this set back in October and ran into the same quality problem so many others have experienced. However all eight discs played fine on my Toshiba HD-A35, albeit some were a bit noisy. (Rebecca being the worst) Since they did play, I did not return them fearing I would get a set that was worse. I recently set up my old Liteon region free player to take the workload off of the Toshiba, as the vast majority of my viewing is in SD. I have been watching the reviews here and decided to take another look at these discs on my Liteon player. The vibration was tremendous on Rebecca and it refused to play. Notorious was almost as bad as it would spin up freeze, spin down and back up again, freeze again, stop, start, etc. About 4 of the 8 discs have no problems; the others do with varying degrees. My curiosity was up, so I had to experiment. I was able to rip all eight to my hard drive with no problem. This is a good test of the data. I made a copy of the worst one, Rebecca, on a DVD+R DL disc and tried it out on the Liteon. It played perfectly, nice and quiet. This tells me there is no problem with the data on the disc. I know some have commented on the funny look of some of the discs, and think that it is due to de-lamination from warpage, and therefore gives read errors. Mine also look like that but I have seen this on other discs of mine that were packaged properly in standard cased. They have never given me a problem. The next step was to open up my Liteon and see just what was going on. I put Rebecca on the spindle with the magnetic clamp on top and slowly spun the disc. With an eye loupe I could see no indication of warpage, but did notice that the two layers of Polycarbonate that sandwich together to make the disc were not exactly lined up. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't get better than Hitchcock!
Published 9 days ago by Debra Lang
2.0 out of 5 stars Audio not up to par
The audio was not very good on this movie and I did not watch more than about 5 min. of the flick.
Published 2 months ago by Kimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock
In this early Hitchcock movie, you may have some trouble following the dialogue but the story is quite simple and very much up-to-date. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. K
5.0 out of 5 stars MGM / Fox Home Video Hitchcock Premiere Collection (2008) is Excellent
I hesitated for a long time to purchase this set, because so many reviewers mentioned problems with DVDs freezing and skipping. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Old Film Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
I enjoyed watching it on television when I was young, black and white television. I am to the point and not wordy.
Published 11 months ago by edward l batesla
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Hitchcock
This is one of Hitchcock's early British films. He shows that even then he was the master of suspense. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Alterman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film wonky audio
The audio was very wonky, but a good film. My enjoyment was hindered by the audio dropping in and out. I don't know if it was transmission or the print.
Published 18 months ago by Wesley Pate
5.0 out of 5 stars There *are* good copies out there
I purchased this set for about $60 from an Amazon Marketplace vendor. I had read all of the reviews about people having major problems with the discs, but I contacted the seller in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by pm444
1.0 out of 5 stars DVDs are DEFECTIVE!!!
Had trouble with every DVD included in the set except for one. DVDs freeze at some point during playback - making it impossible to watch to completion. Read more
Published 21 months ago by fishcap44
4.0 out of 5 stars No problem with DVD's
A great many people have complained about the quality of the DVD's but I really wanted the movies so I took a chance and bought the collection anyway. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Skeezicks
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Faulty Hitchcock Discs??
I had the same problem with "Spellbound" and "Rebecca." All the other discs play fine without the grinding noise. I also have played other brand new DVDs, old DVDs with scratches, and CDs and there is no grinding noise. It is not the player. It is the DVDs themselves.
Oct 19, 2008 by Emerson Eells |  See all 20 posts
Any buzz on restoration quality for these MGM reissues?
The restorations are very nice, and worth the price, imho. The manufacturing defects of some of the discs may be a problem, however. So far, many have reported issues with some discs (anywhere from 1 to 4 or more discs defective in the set), and not just due to how they were packaged. Actual... Read More
Oct 21, 2008 by sigloxx |  See all 2 posts
Hitchcock Premiere Collection at Costco - $21.99
I just bought my set today. I was about to open the package and then started reading all of the comments about faulty discs. Does your set play well?
Aug 1, 2010 by Gabicho |  See all 4 posts
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