Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection [5 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 9196129
  • Release Date: 10/04/2011
  • Rating: R
This deluxe box set brings into a single collection the five most acclaimed and legendary features of the "master of suspense," Sir Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963).
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Special Features


  • Original documentaries on Rear Window and Vertigo
  • Commentaries on Vertigo and North by Northwest
  • Production photographs
  • Original theatrical trailers

Synopsis


The Birds
The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

North by Northwest
Vertigo
Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film's wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie's second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 1996 a new print of Vertigo was released, restoring the original grandeur of the colors and the San Francisco backdrop, as well as digitally enhancing the soundtrack. ~ Dylan Wilcox, Rovi

Psycho
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis (John Gavin). One afternoon, Marion is given $40,000 in cash to be deposited in the bank. Minutes later, impulse has taken over and Marion takes off with the cash, hoping to leave Phoenix for good and start a new life with her purloined nest egg. 36 hours later, paranoia and exhaustion have started to set in, and Marion decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel, where nervous but personable innkeeper Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks, before he regales her with curious stories about his mother. There's hardly a film fan alive who doesn't know what happens next, but while the shower scene is justifiably the film's most famous sequence, there are dozens of memorable bits throughout this film. The first of a handful of sequels followed in 1983, while Gus Van Sant's controversial remake, starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, appeared in 1998. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Rear Window
Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or "Miss Lonelyhearts" (Judith Evelyn), a middle-aged woman who entertains nonexistent gentlemen callers. Of particular interest is seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife's incessant bray comes to a sudden halt. Out of boredom, Jeffries casually concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body in gruesome fashion. Trouble is, Jeffries' musings just might happen to be the truth. One of Alfred Hitchcock's very best efforts, Rear Window is a crackling suspense film that also ranks with Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) as one of the movies' most trenchant dissections of voyeurism. As in most Hitchcock films, the protagonist is a seemingly ordinary man who gets himself in trouble for his secret desires. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Rod Taylor
    Rod Taylor - Mitch Brenner
  • Tippi Hedren
    Tippi Hedren - Melanie Daniels
  • Jessica Tandy
    Jessica Tandy - Lydia Brenner
  • Suzanne Pleshette
    Suzanne Pleshette - Annie Hayworth
  • Veronica Cartwright
    Veronica Cartwright - Cathy Brenner



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movies!

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    cazure
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    These Movies are some of my favorite classic Hitchcock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great collection

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    Jacksydale
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    a great collection of 5 films from one of the old masters of suspense. my only regret is that it isn't a complete videography collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love Alfred

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    Gumby
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    Great movies and this collection is fantastic. Watch them all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly the essentials

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    JR3366
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    Often in boxed sets of an actor or director with a huge body of work you will get one or two of the best and a collection of lessor titles. That is not the case with this collection. Certainly it could be argued that some of his early worked could have been added but this is a fantastic collection. Every movie is one that you can watch over and over again. This is a great collection of his best known works and in my opinion his best work period. This collection would be worth the price for Rear Window and North By Northwest alone. Nothing has ever come close in my opinion to the build up and tension Hitchcock created in this film. And North By Northwest is masterpiece both for the story telling and the cinematography. Buy this set you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Essential Collection

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    Peter
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    If you like Alfred Hitchcock then this is a good five (5) disc collection of his most popular movies. You get five excellent movies from Rear Window and Vertigo to North by Northwest and Birds along with his most shocking classic PSYCHO. The set includes some good extras from documentaries on Rear Window and Vertigo along with production photos and theatrical trailers. The set was a great price as well. I highly recommend this collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great collection!

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    Ditch
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    These movies are an all around great collection of some of the best of Alfred Hitchcock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    They're Hitchcock movies, nuff said

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    docrock
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    A great collection of Hitchcock movies. Nuff said.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must for Hitchcock fans!

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    greene570
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    Perfect collection for those that enjoy Hitchcock or are new to his work

    I would recommend this to a friend



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