I've quadruple dipped (or more, going back to VHS!) for these on Blu-ray so far.
1955 - To Catch a Thief - Paramount 1959 - North By Northwest - Warner 1960 - Psycho - Universal
I'm a huge fan of Hitchcock and believe I have on DVD/Blu-ray every feature film title he was credited with directing (except for The Mountain Eagle
, of course...) but refuse to quadruple dip (or more!) on Blu-rays for most of his pre-1950 films unless they're practically giving them away. On the other hand, I will lay out the Blu-ray bucks on day one for anything Strangers on a Train
and afterward. Unfortunately, some of the most highly anticipated Hitchcock Blu-rays have been or will be released just as industry interest and standards are declining in the treatment and handling of Blu-ray releases of 50-60 year old films (West Side Story, My Fair Lady, One-Eyed Jacks
, etc.), so I worry about what they'll do with some of Hitch's masterpieces of the '50s and '60s and, therefore be considered the archival version of record. To Catch a Thief
and North by Northwest
were handled beautifully, but I was truly disappointed that the Blu-ray of Psycho
was that same old 1970s edited-for-television version of it we'd been getting on home video formats ever since with no indication that an effort was made to restore the missing frames. IMO, Vertigo
ought to be presented with the original soundtrack recording and foley sounds as the default
setting with the souped up Dolby-ized re-recording of them the secondary option. Having seen Vertigo
many times in the theater and on home video with both the original and the "newly recorded" soundtrack, the emotional impact of the movie is kicked up several notches with the original soundtrack, however supposedly damaged it was. But I doubt very much Vertigo
will be presented that way on Blu-ray. It might not even include the original soundtrack option at all, which would be somewhat akin to a desecration of the movie, imo.