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22nd June 2012 10:05:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Hitchcock Blu-rays later this year

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Update 21/09/2012 - Universal have delayed the Masterpiece Collection release from 25 September to 30 October in order to correct some issues with the set. More on this here.

Universal have announced the US Blu-ray release of Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection on 25 September 2012. This set features 15 films by the legendary director, 13 of which are new to Blu-ray. The press release notes they are "Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound", though it's worth noting that only The Birds has been selected for special treatment during their 100th anniversary year.

The set features over 15 hours of extra features, nearly all from the existing DVD releases, with the only new video content being a new documentary on The Birds. The Blu-ray set is listed as 'available for a limited time only', and features special packaging with a collectible 50- page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more.

Saboteur (1942)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Saboteur : A Closer Look
  • Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence
  • Alfred Hitchcock ’ s Sketches
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’ s Favorite Film
  • Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rope (1948)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Rope Unleashed
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rear Window (1954)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European & Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • 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
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re- Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
  • Blu-ray exclusives: BD Live, Pocket Blu

The Trouble with Harry (1955)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Production Photographs
  • Trailers

Vertigo (1958)
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • English DTS 2.0 Mono**
  • French European & Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock ’ s Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz , and Other Vertigo Participants
  • Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer
  • BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu-ray Exclusive)

North by Northwest (1959) - This is the existing Warner release...
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish DD1.0 Mono
  • French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles
  • Feature Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • The Master’ s Touch: Hitchcock ’ s Signature Style
  • Cary Grant: A Class Apart
  • North by Northwest : One for the Ages
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
  • Music- only audio track
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spot

Psycho (1960)
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • English DTS 2.0 Mono**
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • 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
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind -the- Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re- release Trailers
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho)

The Birds (1963)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European & Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Deleted Scene
  • Original Ending
  • The Birds: Hitchcock ’ s Monster Movie – New! (Blu- ray Exclusive)
  • All About The Birds
  • Storyboards
  • Tippi Hedren’ 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
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BD Live, Pocket Blu (Blu - ray Exclusive)

Marnie (1964)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • The Trouble with Marnie
  • The Marnie Archives
  • Theatrical Trailer

Torn Curtain (1966)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Torn Curtain Rising
  • Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Topaz (1969)
  • Audio TBC
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Alternate Endings
  • Topaz: An App reciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin
  • Storyboards: The Mendozas
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Frenzy (1972)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • The Story of Frenzy
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Family Plot (1976)
  • English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
  • French European DTS 2.0 Mono
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Plotting Family Plot
  • Storyboards: The Chase Scene
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

**As you can see, Vertigo and Psycho are both listed as having lossless 5.1 and lossy original 2.0 audio. As fans already know, Psycho is already available from Universal and in fact features lossless 2.0 Mono so it's likely the Psycho audio information is incorrect. We'll have to wait for confirmation from Universal to be certain, but considering every other film has lossless original Mono audio options, we suspect Vertigo will as well.

You can the UK release news here.

In other Hitchcock news, Warner also have two Blu-rays coming to the USA shortly after the Universal set. Available on 9 October 2012 is Dial M For Murder on Blu-ray 3D (includes 2D and 3D presentations) and Strangers on a Train. SRP is $35.99 and $19.98 respectively. Features are outlined below...

Dial M For Murder - Originally filmed for an earlier version of the stereoscopic 3D we see in today's cinemas, this is the first of several 'classic 3D films' Warner hopes to release on Blu-ray 3D, the next being House of Wax. Restoration efforts for this release included a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and a full restoration of the two “eyes,” as well as convergence fixes to ensure perfect alignment. Extras include:
  • Featurettes: Hitchcock and Dial M and 3D: A Brief History
  • Original 1954 Theatrical trailer

Strangers on a Train - Newly remastered and new to Blu-ray, extras include:
  • Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Stefano, Andrew Wilson, Joe Alves, Peter Benchley, Tere Caruba, Whitfield Cook, Katie Fiala, Richard Franklin, Alfred Hitchcock, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, Kasey Rogers, Richard Schickel and Mary Stone
  • "Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock Classic"
  • "Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V."
  • "Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan"
  • "The Hitchcocks on Hitch"
  • "Alfred Hitchcock's Historical Meeting"
  • "Preview Version"
  • Theatrical Trailer

Below is the Masterpiece Collection artwork followed by the Warner Blu-ray cover art...

USA Masterpiece Collection (Click to Enlarge)
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About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.


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