Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection - Limited Edition [Blu-ray]
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I am glad that Universal has made Vertigo available in its far less expensive Essentials Blu-ray collection. In my opinion, Vertigo is not the greatest film ever made, but it is of special interest to me because of its San Francisco locations and overall Bay Area setting. Vertigo, along with Shadow of a Doubt and The Birds may also be of interest to Northern California natives. Anyway, here are my quality ratings of the 5 films contained in the Essentials Collection in order of their appeal:
1. North By Northwest: I have seen nearly every Hitchcock film and this one is my all time favorite. It features outstanding video quality in nearly every scene. The contrast is almost perfect, the picture detail is remarkably-clear and the color is about as good as it gets on Blu-ray. The North By Northwest disk in this collection is exactly the same as the Blu-ray disk from the Warner Bros. 50th Anniversary Edition, with two exceptions: The artwork on the disk is different and the option for selecting a music-only soundtrack is not available on the disk included in the Universal Essentials Collection. If you can do without Warner's 44-page book and the music-only soundtrack, the Universal Essentials Collection is the way to go for this title.
2. Vertigo: This film has very good to excellent color and picture detail.Read more ›
My only concern is what may be some very brief dropouts of the audio- I don't know if this is a disk problem or a malfunction of my player. Otherwise, the audio quality is excellent, with a remarkably fine stereophonic reproduction of Bernard Hermann's magical score, which makes an absolutely critical contribution to this extraordinary motion picture.Read more ›
Presented with a few interesting extras and options, the DVDs will do nicely for many folks -- though not for the angry Blu-ray aficionados who've given the box single-star ratings. This may come as a shock to them, but some people who are just discovering Hitch have ordinary DVD players and 32-inch TVs and are not planning to spend thousands to upgrade their collections or their equipment. If you have a big TV and want Blu-rays, however, this and the Masterpiece boxes are both available in that format, offering excellent video and audio quality and far more supplementary material than their DVD editions.
Following is a brief review of each film in this set. All are in color except for "Psycho," which is black and white.
Rear Window: Jimmy Stewart is a housebound photographer who thinks he's witnessed a neighbor (Raymond Burr) commit a murder. He enlists his girlfriend, played by Grace Kelly, to investigate, and they're both drawn deeper and deeper into hotter and hotter water. A master class in the art of suspense.
Vertigo: Stewart plays a detective haunted by loss, while Kim Novak portrays two women, one of whom is a doppelganger of the other. Is she a twin or a ghost?Read more ›
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Alfred Hitchcock collection is full of creepy psychological goodness. Made the perfect Christmas giftPublished 23 days ago by Stephaney Tucker
My daughter and granddaughter love to watch movies and really like the old onesPublished 1 month ago by Shirley L. Huffman
I am so glad these were offered as a collection! They were all of the ones I was looking for separately, but was much better price to buy this collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Blu-ray transfers look tremendous for 5 of Hitchcock's best films. The extras are voluminous. You'll need a week to get through everything, but take time to savor the film-making... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mackjay
Being an Alfred Hitchcock fan and collector, this is a "must have" to add to your collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The films are pristine. The colors are vivid and I'm just happy with this purchase.Published 1 month ago by Joe Camareno
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