A few words about…™ Hitchcock BIP Collection & Murder – in Blu-ray

It was for that reason that I wasn't terribly concerned about the minor problems that might appear in the transfers of these films, but I came away very pleasantly surprised at their overall quality. 4 Stars

I always consider these types of releases as special gifts when Kino drops them on us.

And these two, a single disc release of Murder (1930), along with five of his BIP (British International Pictures) titles, The Ring (1927), The Farmer’s Wife (1928), Champagne (1928), The Manxman (1929), and The Skin Game (1931), fill in some important blanks in cinephile’s Hitchcock libraries.

If the public is true to form, I’d bet that the majority think of Sir Alfred’s career beginning somewhere in the mid-1950s, while those more informed may be aware of the Gaumont and Gainsborough pictures from the 1930s.

But it’s in films such as these, that the astute wanderer of the cinematic plains, can begin to find the bits and pieces of the art that will come together with classics arriving three decades hence.

It was for that reason that I wasn’t terribly concerned about the minor problems that might appear in the transfers of these films, but I came away very pleasantly surprised at their overall quality.

For the record the four earlier films are silent, with scores attached, while the latter two are early sound.

For those who may be stopped in their purchase in fear of quality, here’s the breakdown:

The Ring

Image – 3.25

Audio – n/a

Pass / Fail – Pass

The Farmer’s Wife

Image – 3.75

Audio – n/a

Pass / Fail – Pass

Champagne

Image – 3.25

Audio – n/a

Pass / Fail – Pass

The Manxman

Image – 5

Audio – n/a

Pass / Fail – Pass

The Skin Game

Image – 3.25

Audio – 3.75

Pass / Fail – Pass

Murder

Image – 3.5

Audio – 3.75

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH

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Robert Harris

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