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The "Master of Suspense" presents a classic array of tales--missing it would be criminal,
This review is from: Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season Three (DVD)
Featuring a top notch array of Hollywood actors such as Peter Lorre (who had appeared in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "Secret Agent" two early Hitchcock classics), Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Joseph Cotton (another Hitchcock veteran)and Fay Wray, many of the show's episodes where directed by talented folks such as John Brahm (who directed the remake of Hitch's silent classic "The Lodger"), Paul Henreid (who appeared in the classic "Casablanca" and was blacklisted in 1952. Hitch's show gave him steady employment), Robert Altman ("M*A*S*H", "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", "Short Cuts")and other talented film/TV veterans.
Alfred Hitchcock truly was the first director as celebrity. It began with the cameos, his droll sense of humor and a business deal (the opportunity to host his own TV program and make lots of money). The third season of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" remains one of the pinnacle years for the program. Although Hitch only directed three episodes, all three are classic Hitch.
Produced by Norman Lloyd (who appeared in Hitchcock's "Saboteur" and "Spellbound")and long time Hitchcock associate Joan Harrison, the series works like the best short stories--involving you in the suspense story at hand often with a droll, witty sense of humor.
The third season varies in quality but overall looks pretty good in its first ever complete presentation on DVD (there was a single disc of the TV shows available in the first Universal Hitchcock box set). It's a pity there aren't any extras or commentary tracks (particularly on the best episodes such as "Lamb to the Slaughter")but the show is presented at an affordable price. We get all 39 episodes on five discs.