Posted December 26 2004 - 06:37 PM
"Goooooood Eeeeeveningggggg Ladies and Gentlemen!
| "For those who celebrate it, we hope you've had a Merry Christmas. The gifts from TVShowsOnDVD haven't stopped coming yet, though: we still have a bit of holiday news for you today ('Boxing Day' in Canada). Our gift to you is the word of Universal's confirmation that Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season 1 WILL be released in 2005. It's been talked about, but now Universal is saying it's on the slate. We just don't know 'when' yet. |
It's one of many titles we've talked about from this studio as Christmas presents to our readers, both Christmas Day and on the day after. We'll have the street date and other info about this title for you, just as soon as Universal makes it available. Stay tuned!"--David Lambert
Well it would seem that Universal Studios Home Entertainment
will be (finally) making available the first landmark season of the long running ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
1960-62) sometime in 2005
at least according to our resident authorities back at TV Shows on DVD
There were an astounding 268
half-hour black-and-white episodes set before the cameras certainly making ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
the longest running dramatic anthology tv series ever produced.
Later highly acclaimed efforts such as THE TWILIGHT ZONE
1959-64), BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER
1960-62) and THE OUTER LIMITS
1963-65) owe everything to this show which set the standards of an omnipresent celebrity host providing ironic and wry humour commentary, outstanding guest-stars of renown showcased on a weekly basis (practically everybody who ever worked in Hollywood
appeared on this extraordinary tv series) and consistently well-written and expertly executed presentations.
Unlike THE TWILIGHT ZONE
, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
made the transition into the hour length format as THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR
1964-65) with the greatest of ease maintaining the selfsame high and exacting standards of the earlier half hour tv series and resulting in another 93
Hey! That's more
episodes than are to be found on STAR TREK
1966-69) for Pete's sake!
Of course the best part of this televsion classic were always those priceless prologues and epilogues featuring the all-time Master of Droll Humour and Wit
himself who so wonderfully emoted on-camera which are a sheer delight to behold.
For those younger
tv fans (somewhat) jaded by the all-too-numerous failed later attempts to emulate the success and quality of the ALFRED HITCHCOCK
anthology tv series this initial DVD
set should prove to be both an education and a refreshingly pleasant oasis from the ceaseless flow of banality and inepititude that has pathetically continued to inundate the television airwaves ever since these two tv series' cancellation after a respectable 10
year run collectively.
One thing's for certain that ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
is a bona fide adult
tv show and there's absolutely nothing here to amuse the kiddies. A lack of appreciation for or interest in this (now) vintage television masterpiece only attests to a complete absense of good taste and sophistication.
One interesting observation to be made here is that when this tv series first commenced in the mid-1950s
it had a decidedly light
touch to the stories depicted but
as it progressed toward the early 1960s
the show (gradually) took on a much darker and scarier tone almost reflecting the (possible) mindset of the Master of Suspense
himself which would culminate and reach a zenith in the production of PSYCHO
(1960) arguably the most terrifying film ever made.
The Funeral March of a Marionette (Click Here).
BRING ON ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS TO DVD!!!!!