"The Hitchcock 9" is the nine surviving silent films directed by Alfred Hitchcock and recently restored by the BFI, currently being shown around the U.S. in special programs. The project is a collaboration between BFI and Studiocanal and so far does not seem to have an American partner.
The films have all been restored from the original negatives and BFI has created DCP editions of them all. So there is a high definition digital master of each film already created. This seems like a natural for a Criterion / Eclipse release, but to date I have not heard of any home video plans in the U.S. Even in Britain, only "The Lodger" has been released on DVD and Blu-ray from this restored batch.
Anyone out there know of any plans, rumors, or educated guesses on the future of these restorations? I can imagine Criterion doing special editions of "The Lodger" and "Blackmail" on Blu-ray and DVD and tossing the rest onto Eclipse DVD editions, but just because it's a good fit doesn't mean anything will come of it. Studiocanal has been working with Lionsgate, but would that extend to this project also?