Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Hits Blu-ray This September

Chris Savage

What with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Dial M for Murder also hitting Blu-ray, but in 3D for some bizarre reason, the folks over at Universal Studios is currently working on the ultimate Alfred Hitchcok collection and its making its way to glorious Blu-ray.

According to High-Def Digest, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection, will soon be making its way to Blu-ray via Universal this September 25th. Read on for the complete lowdown.

The Blu-ray consists of:

Saboteur (1942) – Supplements will include Saboteur: A Closer Look behind-the-scenes featurette; Storyboards for the “Statue of Liberty” setpiece; Alfred Hitchcock’s sketches; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailer. 

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – w/Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film behind-the-scenes featurette; Production drawings by art director Robert Boyle; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailer. 

Rope (1948) – w/Rope Unleashed behind-the-scenes featurette; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailer. 

Rear Window (1954) – w/Commentary with Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film author John Fawell; 5 Behind-the-scenes featurettes; Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts; Production photographs; Theatrical trailers; and Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart. 

The Trouble with Harry (1955) – w/The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over behind-the-scenes featurette; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailers.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) – w/The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much behind-the-scenes featurette; Production photographs; and Trailers.

Vertigo (1958) – w/Two audio commentaries (Associate producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and other Vertigo participants, and Filmmaker William Friedkin); Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece; Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators; The Vertigo Archives; Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts; Foreign censorship Ending; 100 Years of Universal featurette: The Lew Wasserman Era; Theatrical trailer; and restoration theatrical trailer. 

North by Northwest (1959) – w/Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman; 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes; Music-only audio track; Stills gallery; and Theatrical trailers and TV spot. 

Psycho (1960) – w/Commentary with Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho author Stephen Rebello; 3 Behind-the-scenes featurettes; Breakdowns of the “Shower Scene” setpiece; The Psycho Archives; Vintage newsreel: The Release of Psycho; Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts; Posters and Psycho ads; Lobby cards; Behind-the-scenes photographs; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer; and re-release trailers. 

The Birds (1963) – w/All About The Birds; Vintage Universal International newsreels; The Birds Is Coming; Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock; Tippi Hedren’s screen test; Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts; Deleted scene; Original ending; Storyboards; Production photographs; 100 Years of Universal featurettes; Theatrical trailer; and Blu-ray exclusive The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie. 

Marnie (1964) – w/The Trouble with Marnie behind-the-scenes featurette; The Marnie Archives feature; and Theatrical trailer. 

Torn Curtain (1966) – w/Torn Curtain Rising behind-the-scenes featurette; Selected scenes scored by Bernard Herrmann; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailer. 

Topaz (1969) – w/Alternate endings; Topaz: An Appreciation with film historian and critic Leonard Maltin; Storyboards for “The Mendozas” setpiece; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailer. 

Frenzy (1972) – w/The Story of Frenzy behind-the-scenes featurette; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer. 

Family Plot (1976) – w/Plotting Family Plot behind-the-scenes featurette; Storyboards for the chase scene; Production photographs; and Theatrical trailer.

The boxed set will also include a 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, and rare photographs.”

This sounds freaking epic, but sadly something of this grandeur comes with a hefty price tage. Amazon currently has this one on pre-order for $209.99, but considering what you get, it seems fair.


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