USHE Press Release: Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection (Blu-ray)

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Headline Date: TBA Release Date: 6/4/2013 ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE ESSENTIALS COLLECTION Product Source: Made for Video Theatrical Studio: Theatrical Release: Synopsis: Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling and unforgettable classics. Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection features five iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds each digitally restored from high resolution film elements. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection captures the most memorable moments in the career of a true cinematic master. Blu-ray Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61125885) : Disc 1 (Side A): Rear Window Format: Blu-ray UPC: 0-2519-21805-8-3 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 6/4/2013 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 55 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH Spanish French Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts • Masters of Cinema • Feature Commentary with John Fawell, Author of Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film • Production Photographs • Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart • My Scenes • pocket BLU App Blu-ray Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61125885) : Disc 2 (Side A): Vertigo Format: Blu-ray UPC: 0-2519-21805-8-3 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 6/4/2013 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 2 Hours 9 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH French Spanish Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators • Hitchcock / Truffaut • Foreign Censorship Ending • The Vertigo Archives • Feature Commentary with Film Director William Friedkin • Restoration Theatrical Trailer • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era • My Scenes • pocket BLU App Blu-ray Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61125885) : Disc 3 (Side A): North by Northwest Format: Blu-ray UPC: 0-2519-21805-8-3 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 6/4/2013 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 2 Hours 16 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono Subtitles: French Italian Castilian Spanish Portuguese Spanish Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest • North by Northwest: One for the Ages • The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style • Cary Grant: A Class Apart • Feature Commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman • Stills Gallery • Trailer Gallery Blu-ray Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61125885) : Disc 4 (Side A): Psycho (1960) Format: Blu-ray UPC: 0-2519-21805-8-3 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 6/4/2013 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 49 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH French Spanish Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W BLACK & WHITE Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • The Making of Psycho • Psycho Sound • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass • The Psycho Archives • Lobby Cards • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs • Production Photographs • Re-release Trailers • My Scenes • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho") Blu-ray Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61125885) : Disc 5 (Side A): The Birds Format: Blu-ray UPC: 0-2519-21805-8-3 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 6/4/2013 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 2 Hours Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH Spanish French Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Deleted Scene • The Original Ending • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie • All About The Birds • Storyboard Sequence • Tippi Hendren’s Screen Test • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts • The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel) • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel) • Production Photographs • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot • My Scenes • pocket BLU App DVD Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61116498) : Disc 1 (Side A) Format: DVD UPC: 0-2519-20845-4-6 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 10/4/2011 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 55 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH Spanish Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes • Production Photographs • Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart DVD Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61116498) : Disc 2 (Side A) Format: DVD UPC: 0-2519-20845-4-6 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 10/4/2011 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 2 Hours 10 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH French Spanish Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece • Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. 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Katz and Other Vertigo Participants • Original Theatrical Trailer • Restoration Theatrical Trailer • Foreign Censorship Ending • The Vertigo Archives DVD Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61116498) : Disc 3 (Side A) Format: DVD UPC: 0-2519-20845-4-6 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 10/4/2011 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 2 Hours 11 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH French Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman • Music-Only Audio Track DVD Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61116498) : Disc 4 (Side A) Format: DVD UPC: 0-2519-20845-4-6 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 10/4/2011 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 49 Minutes Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH Spanish Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W BLACK & WHITE Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Re-Release Trailers • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho • The Shower Scene • The Psycho Archives • Production Photographs • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass • Lobby Cards • Posters and Psycho Ads DVD Widescreen Multi-Feature Limited Edition(61116498) : Disc 5 (Side A) Format: DVD UPC: 0-2519-20845-4-6 Unit Type: Multi-Feature Number of Media: 1 Street Date: 10/4/2011 PreOrder Date: Run Time (HH:MM): 2 Hours Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided) Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box Layers: Single Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Subtitles: English SDH Edition: Limited Edition Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen Version: - Color/B&W COLOR Rating: Not Rated PG PG-13 R CARA Rating: - Bonus Features: • Deleted Scene • The Original Ending • Storyboard Sequence • Tippi Hedren's Screen Test • The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel) • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel) • Production Photographs
 

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Yeah, I think I am going to go for this too.

What movies are missing from this that the big boxed set that came out last year had?
 

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The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Family Plot, Frenzy come to mind.
 

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It's obvious that the studio is trying to offered a more streamlined set for the less hardcore fans, at a much lower price point.

Quite frankly, I would be inclined just to wait as long as it takes for an Amazon sale on the larger boxed set. I'm not a huge Hitchcock fanatic, so I can wait for the price drop. I could probably even get the imported version of the large boxed set for a little bit more than this new smaller set, I would bet.
 

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darkrock17 said:
Another release? Why?
Fewer movies, for those who want to spend less, and to showcase "The Essentials" I guess. For the record, I think the five movies in this collection, are probably his most well known movies and probably do constitute "The Essentials".
 

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I think Hitchcock's been done to death on Blu-ray and DVD though, it's like every year Universal re-releases the same titles out again.
 

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I wouldn't say he's been 'done to death' on Blu with 'every year' releases.In the fall of 2011 there were two titles on Blu-Ray. By the end of 2012, there were 25. Last year just happened to be an explosive (and welcome) year for us Sir Alfred fans.David
 

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Well, I'm not as big a fan as some here, but I definitely thought the cost of the large Hitch box set was prohibitive, and contained movies that I could live without, but this new streamlined release, hits exactly the Hitch movies that I would want on Bluray (save Rope), and so this smaller set definitely works for me.
 
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Richard,

I completely understand.

If I were you, I would pounce on this set. I am just wondering/hoping the larger set comes down in price by year's end and I am waiting to wait for that.
 

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For me, it's frustrating because it's not precisely the titles I want and thus I will need to wait even longer for individual releases of the titles in this set that I do want.
 

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Im happy with my Masterpiece set ..no sale for me on this one ..Universal is going to milk these titles in package sets, singles etc...
 

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Doctorossi said:
For me, it's frustrating because it's not precisely the titles I want and thus I will need to wait even longer for individual releases of the titles in this set that I do want.
Except for the films contained in the Essentials box set, all the other Hitchcock Blu Rays owned by Universal (I'm assuming in the same transfers that were in the big box) such as ROPE, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, SABOTEUR, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, etc. are available as individual Blu-rays at Amazon for $16.99 each. Though there is no release date as of yet, I believe they will be released around the same time as the Essentials set.
 

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Since I bought Psycho and North by Northwest upon their original individual releases, I can wait for the same for Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds.
 

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I have the Masterpiece Collection, but I don't think it's a bad thing for this set to be released. Most people are only really interested in the 5 Hitchcock movies in this set, and at the moment, they can get it for roughly half the price of the larger boxed set. If that encourages more people to buy Hitchcock on blu and prove to Universal that his movies still have appeal, I'm all for it.

Personally though, I couldn't do without Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much or Rope, so no regrets on my part for buying the larger set. Surprisingly, the Masterpiece Collection is still selling at its launch price of $99 here in Australia, so I'm glad I didn't wait for it to drop.
 
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Richard V said:
The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Family Plot, Frenzy come to mind.
Funny you should mention those titles, as they had arguably the worst transfers of the lot. The Essentials set is kind of doing the consumer a favor by not including them, especially since the 5 here have among the best transfers of the Masterpiece set.
 

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