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The Alfred Hitchcock Collection: The Best of Hitchcock, Vol. 1 (Psycho / Rear Window / Shadow of a Doubt / The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) / Rope / Topaz / Family Plot / Alfred Hitchcock Presents Vol. 2)


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He was the master of suspense and a prolific filmmaker whose career spanned 50 years, and now you have the remarkable opportunity to collect Hitchcock's finest in two volumes. Volume 1 includes Family Plot, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, Rear Window, Rope, Shadow of a Doubt, Topaz, and four episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Revenge," "Breakdown," "Wet Saturday," and "Mr. Blanchard's Secret." With frighteningly fantastic DVD extras, such as "making of" documentaries, storyboards, photos, scripts, original trailers, censored scenes, and more. Each volume has 8 DVDs. Color and b&w.

Special Features

  • 8-disc Box Set
  • "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943, 108 min.)
  • "Rope" (1948, 81 min.)
  • "Rear Window (Special Edition)" (1954, 115 min.)
  • "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956, 120 min.)
  • "Psycho (Special Edition)" (1960, 109 min.)
  • "Topaz" (1969, 143 min.)
  • "Family Plot" (1976, 121 min.)
  • "Alfred Hitchcock Presents #2" (102 min.), containing 4 of the 17 TV series episodes directed by Hitchcock: "Revenge," "Breakdown," "Wet Saturday" and "Mr. Blanchard's Secret"
  • See the individual movie title listings for complete details on these discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, John Dall
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alma Reville, Angus MacPhail, Arthur Laurents, Ben Hecht, Charles Bennett
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 902 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This remains one of Hitchcock's best films.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 3, 2002
Format: DVD
Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant and innovative filmmaker as this collection can attest to. 1943's SHADOW OF A DOUBT is an allegorical study of Americana seen through the naivete of a typical family in a quiet and slumberous community. When evil comes to town in the embodiment of the beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton) it is the perceptive niece Young Charlie (Teresa Wright) that slowly uncovers his true identity as the Merry Widow murderer. Henry Travers and Hume Cronyn spend their evenings concocting ways to commit the perfect murder unknowingly under the watchful eyes of the genuine article. Evil takes many shapes and hides behind many facades in broad daylight. Would the wholesome average American community recognize such evil and be willing to deal with it? Dimitri Tiomkin, composed a brilliant score utilizing American idioms laced with the darkness of the tainted soul. This remains one of Hitchcock's best films. It works, as a thriller yet remains a true reflection of a good-natured but generally complacent lifestyle of sleepy suburbia America during the 1940's. 1948's ROPE is a thoroughly enthralling and disturbing look at a thrill killing perpetrated by two prep-school chums (John Dall and Farley Granger) possibly suggested subconsciously by their unwitting professor (James Stewart). This film has often been characterized notably only as Hitchcock's great experiment. He shot it in ten-minute takes contrary to his stylistic use of effective story telling through editing. This was a technique that he also employed to a lesser degree by Hitchcock in 1949's UNDER CAPRICORN. However, ROPE is first and foremost a riveting tale bordering on the perverse. The DVD transfer of ROPE is one of the best I have ever seen. 1954's REAR WINDOW is a brilliant study on voyeurism and insatiable curiosity.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Karas on January 26, 2004
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I totally disagree with the person who said this collection is expensive.
Each one of these movies comes with a documentary feature (not just a publicity film like most DVD's) that feature the stars of the picture (if possible), the writers, creative teams and even Pat Hitchcock (his daughter & sometimes actress). These documentaries are an hour long sometimes and very detailed. Some of them even talk at length about the film restoration process. They are worth having even without the movie and the movies are classics.
If you price out these movies individually it is a Deal buying this collection together. There is only one movie here not worth having (TOPAZ in my opinion) unlike the #2 collection which is mostly duds.
These are great movies with tons of extras - the documentataries, storyboards, deleted scenes, screen tests etc etc.
Buy this if you are a Hitchcock fan!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2001
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"Shadow of a Doubt", "Psycho" and "Rear Window" are the A+ movies in this boxed set. My absolute favorite is "Shadow of A Doubt," about Uncle Charlie who comes to stay with his sister and her family to hide out from being hunted as the serial Merry Widow killer. Joseph Cotton plays Uncle Charlie with all of the charm, grace and elegance which came naturally to him as a member of Virginia's upper class in real life. Yet the sinister undercurrent of his personality is quietly apparent throughout. "Psycho" is the film Hitchcock is now most identified with as was its star, Anthony Perkins, who played twisted Norman Bates. Janet Leigh is also best remembered as the larcenous woman who met her fate in the infamous Bates motel shower. Taking a shower was never the same after people first saw this film! I've reviewed "Rear Window" previously and that is Hitch at the top of his game as well.

The other work is all roughly C+ to B+, with "Rope" being a too stagey, limp version of "Leopold and Loeb" and being the C+, the lowest, in the set. "The Man Who Knew Too Much," however, comes in at a strong B+ with Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart being the perfect Every Mr. and Mrs. America who find themselves up to their ears in an international intrigue situation, a role that they never expected or wanted in their perfect mainstream American lives. If there is a film student in your life, these Hitchcock boxed sets will make the perfect gift.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2001
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This is one of the BEST collections of Alfred Hitchcock yet!! Featuring the #1 Hitchock film "Psycho"! Along with "Shadow of a Doubt", "Rope", "The Man Who knew Too Much","Topaz", "Family Plot" and the classic, "Rear Window".I have this collection and it is a great gift to own! Each disc comes with it's original trailer and behind the scenes documentary! Plus as a special BONUS DISC, you get three episodes from the ORIGINAL Hitchock TV SERIES!If you are a major HITCHCOCK fan like me, you will want to own this!No Hitchcock collection is complete without it! Plus get Vol 2! Which has more of Hithcock's best including, "The Birds" , "Vertigo" "Frenzy", "Sabotuer", "Torn Curtain" any many more! So don't miss out! Buy it today!!
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