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Old 24-12-2011, 23:37   #881
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I would have thought we'd have more hitchcock on Blu-ray by now. Not a fan of Psycho, North by North west is pretty decent but I'm waiting for Rear Window basically. Hopefully they're not waiting for the 60th anniversary (2014) to release it
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Old 21-06-2012, 22:37   #882
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Finally, we have a date for Rear Window (rA)



25th September

Oh and 13 other Hitchcocks! The "bad" news is that it's part of a Hitchcock collection with the two currently available Hitchcock BD's

Saboteur (1942)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rope (1948)
Rear Window (1954)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
The Birds (1963)
Marnie (1964)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Topaz (1969)
Frenzy (1972)
Family Plot (1976)

Presumably the set will be region free and will be released here. I also presume that the films will be sold separately later although there are so many I haven't seen I'm wondering whether I should get the set and sell it on

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Old 21-06-2012, 23:51   #883
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The UK set will be 14 not 15 films. The US includes 'North by Northwest' (a Warner title).
The UK set will have stupid oversized packaging in yet another of those bloody coffee table book things I hate because they **** up the discs and they can't support the weight of their own contents.
The US set is also a "book" but it's far more compact and will hopefully be like the one used for 'Deadwood' which has very protective "pages" that don't **** up the discs.

Would still much prefer a compact box with proper (slim) cases though. Studios don't seem to take account of impracticalities of design or the space issue that so many people have.

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I'm not touching either release until I am assured of the following (which will only happen when the sets get reviewed):
1) That Universal hasn't ruined the films with their DNR devil.
2) That the original audio is present and correct (and hopefully lossless). This is especially important for 'Vertigo' as it's not only one of the best and most important films of all time but the 1996 audio reconstruction was and is an absolute travesty.

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Old 22-06-2012, 07:45   #884
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In the US Warner are going to release Dial M For Murder (on Blu-ray 3D) and Strangers on a Train on Blu-ray shortly after the Universal set, on 9 October. Big year for Hitchcock on Blu-ray.
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Old 22-06-2012, 09:16   #885
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The British packaging is impressive but it's also a sort of trophy that massive fans love. I hate that sort of thing, takes up too much space just so it can scream "hey, look at me!". I want to watch the films, not the box.

Forgot that SoaT was Warner, it was one of the first DVD's I ever bought and I've probably only watched it once. Can't see the point of a BD3D version of Dial M but I can't see the point in most 3D things
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The UK set will be 14 not 15 films. The US includes 'North by Northwest' (a Warner title).
The UK set will have stupid oversized packaging in yet another of those bloody coffee table book things I hate because they **** up the discs and they can't support the weight of their own contents.
The US set is also a "book" but it's far more compact and will hopefully be like the one used for 'Deadwood' which has very protective "pages" that don't **** up the discs.

Would still much prefer a compact box with proper (slim) cases though. Studios don't seem to take account of impracticalities of design or the space issue that so many people have.

UK packaging mock-up:


US packaging:


I'm not touching either release until I am assured of the following (which will only happen when the sets get reviewed):
1) That Universal hasn't ruined the films with their DNR devil.
2) That the original audio is present and correct (and hopefully lossless). This is especially important for 'Vertigo' as it's not only one of the best and most important films of all time but the 1996 audio reconstruction was and is an absolute travesty.
I hate the UK packaging too, so my definite preference would be the US release that at least looks like it would fit into regular shelves.
Both now up for preorder (Amazon);
UK set £112.49
US set £209.99 ---> about £140

I would actually probably be willing to pay the extra £27 for the US set (and sell my NxNW for a few quid) but with shipping on top and an inevitable customs charge, the disparity is too much.
I may wait and see if somewhere like Barnes & Noble or DeepDiscount have a 40/50% off sale, that might make it more acceptable, and there's a chance of it getting (to me anyway) here customs free.
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I prefer the UK packaging myself - I know it's unwieldy but I'm not bothered by space concerns. It looks quite plush.
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I for one cant wait to see dial m for murder...in 3d...the way it was intended to be seen.
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I prefer the UK packaging myself - I know it's unwieldy but I'm not bothered by space concerns. It looks quite plush.
It's not just the amount of space it will take up, it's how impractical it is. The US set isn't ideal in that regard either (but looks like it should be much better), but at least it takes up considerably less shelf-space.
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I love both sets but I'm buying the UK one because it doesn't contain North By Northwest.

Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome movie, I own the Digibook version and have no issue with owning another copy but this is a Universal release. North By Northwest has no place in that collection.
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Nothing all that new but we tracked down the UK PR for this and have news on TDF pretty much confirming what we already knew:

http://film.thedigitalfix.com/conten...n-october.html

Only thing I'd note is they're stating this is a Limited Edition, so if you wait long enough they'll probably re-release in normal packaging at a reduced price. But it could be a long wait.
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Amazon.co.uk are now also listing the 'US Style' set on there site as well as the "LTD ED" one:



Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Box Set [Blu-ray]
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Excellent news. Now, do I wait for the inevitable price drop?
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Oh that's more like it! I hope it's in regular blu-ray case (even if it's a "fat" one like the Kubrick set) or even a fold out digistack (like the first Alien set). I'll take more compact and practical over the mega-unwieldily-guaranteed-to-fall-apart-and-also-bugger-the-discs-style-packaging!
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Oh that's more like it! I hope it's in regular blu-ray case (even if it's a "fat" one like the Kubrick set) or even a fold out digistack (like the first Alien set). I'll take more compact and practical over the mega-unwieldily-guaranteed-to-fall-apart-and-also-bugger-the-discs-style-packaging!
My thoughts exactly, I hate this ridiculous cumbersome packaging that keeps appearing.
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Amazon.co.uk are now also listing the 'US Style' set on there site as well as the "LTD ED" one:



Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Box Set [Blu-ray]
Sweet - ordered.
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Amazon.co.uk are now also listing the 'US Style' set on there site as well as the "LTD ED" one:



Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Box Set [Blu-ray]
Best set out the 3. Might be forced to wait for a price drop or Christmas, lots of good stuff coming out soon, my wallet may not cope.
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So it seems the UK release is going to be a cluster**** of epic proportions.

Here's some posts by Nick (MoC) over at the criterion forum, he has the UK checkdiscs. I hope it's okay to quote his posts verbatim as this is important stuff imo:

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I'm reviewing the UK BDs at the moment. The UK BD (of Vertigo) does not have the original mono track unfortunately.
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I'll try and keep this VERTIGO page updated with pure fact. Not from press releases, or Amazon, or anywhere secondhand – all this info derives from me looking at the UK Blu-ray disc:
http://enthusiasm.org/post/31062742832
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I'm dipping into each disc... about 6 in now (of 14). The first one that shows sign of some heavy handedness is THE BIRDS, unfortunately.

The grain structure seems to be moving more slowly than it should (because software's trying to control it) and when the camera pans, the grain structure looks like gauze that takes time to react. Particularly noticeable on patterned fabrics.

Beginning of Chapter 17, 01:33:55. Look in the sky at the black dots?

Most people will probably think it all looks great. For the most part, it does. I just know it could have been better.

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FRENZY also falls into this category of "havingbeenmuckedwith". This time there's no grain at all. You can see the software fighting to suppress the grain, which occasionally fights to be seen in light areas but is completely absent most of the time. When Hitch holds that shot on the door for 20 seconds, I thought I'd sat on the pause button. No movement in the picture whatsoever.

I've discovered that the opening credits of FRENZY have been completely redone. They looked too clean and digital to me. They've obviously found some better clean underlying footage of the fly in to London Bridge and entirely reconfigured all the white text from scratch over it, but I noticed all apostrophes and quote marks were "unintelligent". Checked the DVD and they're all "intelligent" there. Then I started spotting typos in the re-typed text. What a bloody mess. Poor "Angela Martelli" and "Peter Handford" suffer multiple typos to become "Angelea Mertelli" and "Peter Hanford". I wonder when this was done?
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(7 down, 7 to go) FAMILY PLOT is the most uneven and problematic Blu-ray transfer so far. I don't know where to start...

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This info is what I've gleaned from the actual discs. 5 x VC-1s, and 2 x AVCs so far. All ARs correct so far:

SHADOW OF A DOUBT - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 7th August 2012
Length 01:47:49 / VC-1 / DTS-HD MA 2 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.37:1

ROPE - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 30th July 2012
Length 01:20:41 / AVC / DTS-HD MA 2 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.37:1

REAR WINDOW - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 27th July 2012
Length 01:52:25 / VC-1 / DTS-HD MA 2 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.66:1

VERTIGO - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 13th August 2012
Length 02:08:27 / VC-1 / DTS-HD MA 5.1 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.85:1

THE BIRDS - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 29th June 2012
Length 01:59:29 / AVC / DTS-HD MA 2 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.85:1

FRENZY - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 30th July 2012
Length 01:55:52 / VC-1 / DTS-HD MA 2 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.85:1

FAMILY PLOT - BD50 - R0 - Checkdisc date 27th July 2012
Length 02:00:04 / VC-1 / DTS-HD MA 2 Ch. 48kHz / Confirmed AR 1.85:1
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I'll let them know on Monday, but I doubt they'll put a stop on anything. It's rank incompetence, but I imagine they'll think it's a "shrugger". Shrug and change it next time.
His twitter has some screen grabs of the **** ups on 'Frenzy' and someone else (possibly badblokebob from here?) has posted grabs from a previous dvd to show the difference. Go via his website linked above.
WHAT A ******* DISASTER!

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Pics of the redone 'Frenzy' opening titles complete with spelling and grammatical errors:
http://enthusiasm.org/post/31104514441
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