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Alfred Hitchcock The Masterpiece Collection - Frenzy / Family Plot / AFI Salute to Alfred Hitchcock plus other extras Bonus Disc (DVD)

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Three Disc Set .. Frenzy and Family Plot Discs contain bonus features and the Bonus Disc contains a Fifteen Minute portion of the AFI Salute to Alfred Hitchcock, Masters of Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock, All About "The Birds" and The Making of "Psycho"

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  • Actors: Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Jon Finch, William Devane
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: DVD
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Universal
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2LWWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Being that these are Alfred Hitchcock's last two films, FRENZY and FAMILY PLOT certainly seem like a dichotomous pair. The very British, very dark and yet wry FRENZY followed by the very American and very light FAMILY PLOT seem like a curious pair of films to end this director's brilliant career. I think perhaps they represent in an allegorical sense the full circle of Alfred Hitchcock's compendium of work from his native Britain to his adopted United States.

1972's FRENZY is a thriller that harkens back to the type of films he was directing in the 40's that combine his unique morbidity with incongruous humor and the element of the wrong man being accused of something he did not commit. However, the viewer (at least from my point of view) has no strong central character to identify with. Our protagonist Richard Blaney, played by Jon Finch, is a bit of an indifferent and somewhat grating sort of fellow who lacks both wit and charm gaining little sympathy from just about anyone. The true antagonist, the real Necktie Murderer and sociopath Robert Rusk, played with great charm and menace by Barry Foster, is very charismatic and demonstrates cunning intellect and perseverance throughout the film. At one pivotal and suspenseful macabre scene in the film Hitchcock actually has the audience identifying with the killer. The films macabre elements are counterbalanced by Chief Inspector Oxford (Alec McCowen) who must undergo pseudo gourmet meals, which are gastronomically hideous contrivances, served by his wife (Vivien Merchant). FRENZY is a very British treat from Alfred Hitchcock returning to his roots one last time.

1976's FAMILY PLOT was Hitchcock's final film.
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The third video (on Hitchcock's career) is well worth the other two videos, which are excellent!
"Family Plot" is a surprise, while "Frenzy" is exactly that!
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Even Alfred Hitchcock's lesser films are entertaining. If you look at his early works and the last couple films he made you will see they aren't "Psycho", "North by Northwest", "Vertigo", or "The Birds", but they are still pretty good. Although I haven't added these lesser films to my library I still enjoy renting them from time to time. "Frenzy" and "Family Plot" are a bit darker and more like TV movies than true Hitchcock styled movies. His early works almost seem like TV serials as well with the exception of a few like "Lifeboat", "Foreign Correspondent" and "The Lady Vanishes". I recommend you rent these movies in this masterpiece collection before buying them if you are trying to keep your video library from getting out of control. Good quality DVDs with several extras. Decent replayability. If you enjoyed these, catch "The Trouble with Harry", "Trilogy of Terror", and "Klute". - C. Luster
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