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Initial post: Jun 25, 2012 1:49:05 PM PDT
M. Wilson says:
Here's the press release from Universal for people who haven't seen it yet:

15 Iconic Thrillers from the Master of Suspense Together For the First Time Ever on Blu-Ray™ In Celebration Of Universal's 100th Anniversary

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION

The Ultimate Box Set With 15 Films Including 13 Never Before On Blu-Ray™ Over 15 Hours Of Bonus Features Including A Newly Created Documentary On "The Birds"
Available September 25th For A Limited Time Only

Fifteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock come together on Blu-rayTM for the first time ever when Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is released on September 25, 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 it's never been seen before. This ultimate collector's set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray,TM a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more. Plus a treasure trove of over 15 hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and 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, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, 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, Cary Grant, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Sean Connery.

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. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards®, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI's prestigious "100 Years...100 Movies" list.
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.

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 idolizes 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 neighbors 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)


North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint star in this edge-of-your-seat thriller about an adman who gets plunged into a realm of spy and counterspy and is abducted, framed for murder, chased and crop-dusted.
Bonus Features:
Feature Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style
Cary Grant: A Class Apart
North by Northwest: One for the Ages
Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
Music-only audio track
Stills gallery
Theatrical trailers and TV spot

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
Theatrical Trailer

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 1:10:36 PM PDT
S. Sweatt says:
Thanks for this note! I think this new blu-ray set is something Hitchcock fans have been waiting for a while. However, like any collection of a director's films from a single studio (in this case Universal), a lot of Hitchcock's classic films are missing from the set. Great films such as To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder, Spellbound, Lifeboat, Rebecca, and the most glaring omissions Stranger on a Train and Notorious.

It's too bad that Universal couldn't do what Warner Bros did a year ago when they released the more complete set of the films of Stanley Kubrick which contains several films not made by the WB (Dr. Strangelove, Spartacus, Lolita). But the new Hitchcock set looks like a great volume that contains 75% of the Master's best work. [Incidentally, the Stanley Kubrick blu-ray collection was ALSO listed as a "Limited Edition" but I noticed that it's still selling a year later (and apparently $10 cheaper).]

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 12:42:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2012 9:23:00 PM PDT
They have included NORTH BY NORTHWEST, which is an M-G-M film owned now by Warners. ROPE was originally released in theatres by Warner Bros., while REAR WINDOW, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, VERTIGO and PSYCHO were all handled by Paramont. After PSYCHO Hitchcock moved over to Universal, where his TV series was produced. ROPE and all of the Paramont releases where owned by Hitchcock and the rights to these titles where purchased by Universal. The other classic American Hitchcock films such as SPELLBOUND, NOTORIOUS, DIAL M FOR MURDER and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN were done for Selznick, RKO and Warner Bros. and all are available now (or soon will be) on Blu ray. Thirteen of the films in this set will be on Blu ray for the first time and that's exciting. To finally have VERTIGO, which was shot in VistaVision, on Blu- ray is exciting. Each of the included films should be greatly improved with the addition of Blu ray.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 10:04:57 AM PDT
easydoinit says:
As I currently am attempting to fill out a blu-ray collection across a wide variety of genre'
I belive this is a great set. As there seem to be several studios involved his history, until an aggrement is
made allowing all the big man's work to be released in blu-ray from one source I think this is a worthy beginning.
billw..........

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 5:10:45 AM PDT
Data says:
Thanks a lot for the info. However I don't seem to be able to find any specifics about the provided languages on the discs. I'm from Germany and Universal is going to release a similar version on November 1 over here. Sadly, this one will not include North by Northwest which is the reason why I'm thinking about importing the American version (also because it somewhat looks nicer). Has anyone any information about the languages? bluray.com doesn't have those infos listet, yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2012 9:27:12 PM PDT
NORTH BY NORTHWEST will be the same disc as the Warner Bros. Blu-ray release. Just check the specs on the U.S. Amazon for this disc. My guess is it won't have a German track.
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