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The Alfred Hitchcock Collection: The Best of Hitchcock, Vol. 2 (Vertigo / The Birds / The Trouble with Harry / Frenzy / Marnie / Saboteur / Torn Curtain / Alfred Hitchcock Presents Vol. 3) (1972)

James Stewart , Kim Novak , Alfred Hitchcock  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alfred Hitchcock, Alec Coppel, Anthony Shaffer, Arthur La Bern, Brian Moore
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 922 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y19
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection: The Best of Hitchcock, Vol. 2 (Vertigo / The Birds / The Trouble with Harry / Frenzy / Marnie / Saboteur / Torn Curtain / Alfred Hitchcock Presents Vol. 3)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 8-disc Box Set
  • "Saboteur" (1942, 109 min.)
  • "The Trouble with Harry" (1955, 100 min.)
  • "Vertigo (Special Edition)" (1958, 128 min.)
  • "The Birds (Special Edition)" (1963, 120 min.)
  • "Marnie" (1964, 131 min.)
  • "Torn Curtain" (1966, 128 min.)
  • "Frenzy" (1972, 116 min.)
  • "Alfred Hitchcock Presents #3" (102 min.), containing 4 of the 17 TV series episodes directed by Hitchcock: "Poison," "The Perfect Crime," "A Dip in the Pool" and "One More Mile to Go"
  • See the individual movie title listings for complete details on these discs

Editorial Reviews

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 in two volumes. Volume 2 includes The Birds, Frenzy, Marnie, Saboteur, Torn Curtain, The Trouble with Harry, Vertigo, and four episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Poison," "The Perfect Crime," "A Dip in the Pool," and "One More Mile to Go." 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.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Sampling Of The Master At Work! March 9, 2001
The "A" films for me in this collection are "Marnie", "The Birds", "Frenzy" and "Vertigo", all of which I've seen multiple times. I never tire of seeing these Hitchcock classics. "Marnie" is a husband and wife story between Sean Connery and Tipi Hendren. Marnie, coerced into marrying Connery, has led a life of crime based on a past that Connery seeks to uncover. It took the public some years to warm up to this film but I loved it at once. "The Birds" is one of Hitchcock's instant hits where he literally has the birds in a coastal California community go on the attack against the populace. Just seeing the birds line up on the telephone wires, ready to attack the people, is chilling! "Frenzy" was made in the '70s, set in London, and involves two men, one who sets the other up to be the fall guy for the necktie stranglings that he himself is committing. There is a scene is a truckload of potatotes where the killer needs to get a piece of jewelry back from a corpse that is absolutely unforgettable. "Vertigo" showcases Jimmy Stewart, who is rendered powerless by heights by an earlier mishap, who falls in love with a mysterious woman, Kim Novak that he follows. She seems to be fatally drawn to the bell tower of a church on the California coast. The remaining films in the collection range from B- ("Torn Curtain") to B+ ("Saboteur"). I've viewed them all at least once, sometimes twice. Most movie directors would claim them as their "A" work but Hitchcock's "A" work was so fabulous that it is indeed his lesser work. In any event, once you've started watching Hitchcock's work, you've got to see all of it. It's as simple as that.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COLLECTION OF THE MASTER'S WORK August 4, 2001
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I loved all the selections offered in this boxed set. I especially enjoyed the additional commentary offered by Pat Hitchcock (his daughter) - it provided a great perspective of Hitch's intentions for each of these films. I loved the bonus disc of 4 episodes from his TV show "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and wish more of these were made available in this format. I always enjoyed his television show especially his intros and summations at their beginnings and endings. Truly funny stuff!! My only dissatisfaction was with "Saboteur" - I have a Panasonic Portable DVD player and during playback there were times the picture broke up and pixilized - not always in the same place. That may be a problem with this particular player but since I didn't have another brand to test it on - I'm not sure. Anyway - a great collection!! A MUST HAVE FOR ALL HITCHCOCK FANS!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of Hitchcock classics and also rans January 15, 2004
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This second boxed set has a number of stunning works by Hitchcock; Vertigo and The Birds are stunning masterpieces from the Master of Suspense. The former film is his most personal while the latter his most expansive in scope and a radical departure from what had come before. These two films represent Hitchcock's brilliance at its best.
Torn Curtain isn't a complete disaster but is far from a perfect film. Marnie is downright embarrassing. I know a number of Hitchcock scholars consider it his last great work; I'd argue that this misogynistic Freudian work of mumbo jumbo is among Hitchcock's worst films. Sure, it has a couple of stunning set pieces but the film script has clearly traveled through too many hands (although it was based on Hitchcock's concept of the film and Evan Hunter is the only screenwriter credited, Ernest Lehman, Joseph Stefano and a couple of other writers tried their hand at adapting this meandering mess). It suffers from flaws that Hitchcock had worked through earlier in his career (with the flawed but interesting Spellbound).
The only other film that comes close to Vertigo and The Birds is the minor masterpiece Frenzy. Hitchcock was clearly energized by the competition of young upstarts following in his footsteps. Frenzy, again, demonstrates that Hitchcock could be at his best even this late in his long career.
The Trouble with Harry is a fine dark comedy from Hitchcock and, although it hasn't aged all that well, still features sparkling dialogue (courtesy of writer John Michael Hayes)and strong performances.
Saboteur is another minor masterpiece from Hitchcock that still manages to be engaging.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive DVD box set showcases real talent June 28, 2005
This impressive Hitchcock DVD collection has seven of the master's finest film masterpieces in the early 40s and 50s to solid entertainment in the 70s. Peter Viertel brings SABOTEUR (1942) to life with a razor-sharp screenplay, while Priscilla Lane and Robert Cummings bring their well-written roles to the fore, creating a luminous blend of action and depth that Hollywood rarely sees these days. THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY is the oddity of the bunch, with the quaint little townspeople trying to decide what to do with Harry, a young man who dies mysteriously. Shot against a dreamy small-town backdrop in America, the cinematography is warm and fuzzy, and the musical score sets a nice tone for the film's story. The pace is a little slow at the beginning for a comedy, but released in 1955, almost all films were of the familiar style. There are laughs to be had here, with some great comedic moments between the actors. Repetitive and slow at times, it nevertheless is a fun little film and an interesting introspective on Hitch's opinions on life and death.

Misunderstood on its release, VERTIGO (1958) was Hitch's precious gem, a marvelous tale of a man driven to obsession, played to perfection from movie legend James Stewart. Possibly his best film, this was eventually hailed as an amazing cinematic triumph that still thrills audiences today. The bell tower scene is revolutionary filmmaking, but every scene is fantastically weaved. Like Steven Spielberg, Hitchcock knew the importance of color to represent a mood (Danger, warmth, obsession) The film in certain parts is swathed in sickly green hues, connecting Stewart's beautiful acting to Hitch's well-played camera techniques while simultaneously showing Hollywood how masterpieces were made.
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