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5.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Hitchcock rules and rocks!, November 17, 2005
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This review is from: Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection (DVD)
The new ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION is one of the most expensive DVD boxed sets I have ever bought--$90 from Amazon.com. (It retails elsewhere for a whopping $120.) But if you have that much to spend on a boxed set, have a Hitchcock scholar in your family, and want the ultimate Christmas gift, you will not top this one. You get FOURTEEN digitally remastered and widescreen (where applicable) studio print masterworks by Sir Alfred on fifteen disks. This averages out to only $6 a movie! The movies are all classics; several are full-fledged cinema masterpieces, spanning The Master's entire Amereican career until his death in the late 1970's: SABOTEUR, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, ROPE, REAR WINDOW, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, VERTIGO, PSYCHO, THE BIRDS, MARNIE, TOPAZ, TORN CURTAIN, FRENZY. and FAMILY PLOT. The movies come as four disks in a beautifully designed series of boxes inside an elegant larger maroon velvet box.

You don't just get the movies here. Each one has a small filmmaking documentary (REAR WINDOW and VERTIGO have longer ones), some wonderfully sly and inspired theatrical trailers, publicity material, and other behind the scenes bonuses. The bonus 15th disk has (unfortunately) only excerpts from the AFI Tribute banquet, the making of PSYCHO and the making of THE BIRDS (why aren't they on those individual film disks?), and another documentary called MASTERS OF CINEMA: ALFRED HITCHCOCK.

Finally (!), you get a 36 page labor of love collectible booklet with a couple of pages devoted to each movie here. If you love Alfred Hitchcock the way I do, you simply must find a way to afford the admittedly very expensive ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION boxed set from maligned Universal, even if you have to give up every other DVD purchase for the month or even the rest of the year. It is one of the crown jewels of my DVD collection.
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