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Old 10-01-2008, 19:03   #721
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Network have now added details to their website:

Hitchcock The British Years

Special Features:
* Digitally restored versions of The Lodger, The 39 Steps, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, The Lady Vanishes and Jamaica Inn
* Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock – unseen for forty years, Mike Scott interviews Hitchcock about his life and career
* Aquarius: Alfred the Great – taken from the 1972 arts programme, this show includes candid photography of Hitchcock filming Frenzy in London
* Charles Barr On… - a series of featurettes in which film historian Charles Barr introduces and analyses each of the ten films contained within this set
* On Location featurettes for both Sabotage and The 39 Steps, introduced by Robert Powell
* Original theatrical trailer for The Lady Vanishes
* Hitchcock: The Early Years - 25 minute documentary covering Hitchcock’s pre-war career
* Script PDFs for The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes and Jamaica Inn
* Image Galleries
* Introductory booklet written by Charles Barr
* More TBC
Available February 15, 2008

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That looks great.

Anybody know what the best price is for it?

Still cant decided if to go for the new 2 disc The Lady Vanishes - Criterion Collection if Im going to end up getting this set as well
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Anybody know what the best price is for it?
The best I can see is Bensons World for 42.99
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Can anyone recommend which boxsets etc to get to make up what would be the current 'Ultimate' Hitchcock collection? I know there was one much earlier in the thread but its probably a bit out of date now...
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Just UK/European sets or US sets too?
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Still cant decided if to go for the new 2 disc The Lady Vanishes - Criterion Collection if Im going to end up getting this set as well
Mike Sutton reviews The Lady Vanishes for DVDTimes - click. I think he likes it...

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Region 1 and 2, just whatever's the best. Been trying to compile a list based on the very first post of this thread, and have so far came up with:

Number 13 1922
Always Tell Your Wife 1923
Pleasure Garden, The 1925 ---- The British Years
Mountian Eagle, The 1926
Lodger, The 1926 ---- The British Years
Ring, The 1927
Downhill 1927 ---- The British Years
Easy Virtue 1927
Farmer’s Wife, The 1928
Champagne 1928
Blackmail 1929
Manxman, The 1929
Sound Test for Blackmail 1929
Murder! 1930
Mary 1930
Juno and the Paycock 1930
Elstree Calling 1930
Elastic Affair, An 1930
Skin Game, The 1931
Rich and Strange 1932
Number Seventeen 1932
Waltzes from Vienna 1933
Man Who Knew Too Much, The 1934 ---- The British Years
39 Steps, The 1935 ---- The British Years
Secret Agent 1936 ---- The British Years
Sabotage 1936 ---- The British Years
Young and Innocent 1937 ---- The British Years
Lady Vanishes, The 1938 ---- The British Years
Jamaica Inn 1939 ---- The British Years
Rebecca 1940
Foreign Correspondant 1940 ---- The Signature Collection
Mr. and Mrs. Smith 1941 ---- The Signature Collection
Suspicion 1941 ---- The Signature Collection
Saboteur 1942 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Shadow of a Doubt 1943 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Lifeboat 1944
Bon Voyage 1944
Aventure Malgache 1944
Spellbound 1945
Notorious 1946
Paradine Case, The 1947
Rope 1948 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Under Capricorn 1949
Stage Fright 1950 ---- The Signature Collection
Strangers on a Train 1951 ---- The Signature Collection
I Confess 1953 ---- The Signature Collection
Dial M for Murder 1954 ---- The Signature Collection
Rear Window 1954 ---- Masterpiece Collection
To Catch a Thief 1955
Alfred Hitchcock Presents… (TV) 1955
Trouble with Harry, The 1955 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Man Who Knew Too Much, The 1956 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Wrong Man, The 1956 ---- The Signature Collection
Suspicion (TV) 1957
Vertigo 1958 ---- Masterpiece Collection
North By Northwest 1959 ---- The Signature Collection
Startime (TV) 1959
Psycho 1960 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The (TV) 1962
Birds, The 1963 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Marnie 1964 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Torn Curtain 1966 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Topaz 1969 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Downhill 1972
Easy Virtue 1972
Frenzy 1972 ---- Masterpiece Collection
Family Plot 1976 ---- Masterpiece Collection

I know there's one or two Early Years sets, some of which overlap with the new British Years set, but I suppose its too early to tell which has the superior discs.
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If you're going for any country, then these are all personally highly recommended. Please note that some of the sets duplicate films that are in other sets (especially Hitchcock's early British films):

Hitchcock: The British Years - Network (UK, 2008) -- not released yet, but *should* be an excellent set (you might want to wait for reviews to confirm that!)
Alfred Hitchcock: 3-Disc Collector's Edition - Lionsgate (USA, 2007) -- better quality transfers (IMO) than the next one from Optimuim...
The Early Hitchcock Collection - Optimum Releasing (UK, 2007)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Universal (USA, 2005) -- best option for the Universal films (avoid the UK or European sets from Universal)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection - Warner Brothers (USA, 2005) -- more films than the UK/European equivalent release, although you might be able to pick up the UK set on the cheap (HMV were selling it for £9.99)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years - Concorde (Germany, 2003)
Wrong Men and Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935-1946 - Criterion Collection (USA, 2003) -- long out of print and fetching stupid prices on eBay, but still the best for "Rebecca", "Notorious" and "Spellbound"

For the rest of Hitch's films, these are good individual DVDs:

Lifeboat (1944) - Fox Home Entertainment (UK, 2006)
The Lady Vanishes (1938) - Criterion Collection (USA, 2007)
Blackmail (1929) - Arthaus (Germany, 2002) -- also includes the silent version of the film
To Catch a Thief (1955) - Paramount Pictures (UK, 2007)

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Still cant decided if to go for the new 2 disc The Lady Vanishes - Criterion Collection if Im going to end up getting this set as well
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Mike Sutton has reviews The Lady Vanishes for DVDTimes - click. I think he likes it...
Gave in last week & orderd it from CD-Wow for £13.99 inc del.
DIRECT LINK

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I haven't noticed any comments posted on the forum yet on the British Years set, but DVD Times has reviewed all of them. Reviews can be found here.
All in all, they sound disappointing. The versions I currently own sound like they are as good or better. I think I'll pass on this one.
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It's certainly disappointing and a missed opportunity by Network. If you've got the German Concorde set, then I'd say don't bother. If you've not got the films already, or if you only got low quality "public domain" DVDs, then it's worth considering.
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I have the Dutch versions of Young and Innocent and Sabotage - and to my eyes they look pretty good. It doesn't sound like the Network versions add significantly to the quality of these so I can't see any reason to double-dip.
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Hmm, oh well.

Shame as Network usually do an excellent job.

Ill keep an eye out for when it goes cheap(er).
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The Beaver weighs in on the Network set here.
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i've seen the vast majority of Hitch's output. some of the apparently patchier early films such as Waltzes From Vienna are still elusive. here in the UK anyway. i'd really like to see The Pleasure Garden.
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From DVD Active, a new "Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection" is on the way to R1 on October 14 -


Title: Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection
Starring: N/A (Various)
Released: 14th October 2008
SRP: $119.98

Further Details:
MGM Home Entertainment has announced the Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection which includes Rebecca, The Lodger, The Paradine Case, Spellbound, Notorious, Young and Innocent, Sabotage, and Lifeboat. Each have been beautifully restored and remastered. As well as all the features listed below, the DVD collection also includes a 32-page notebook with trivia, production notes and more about the legendary director. Retail will be $119.98. We've attached the official package artwork and specs below:



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Rebecca Synopsis
A young woman marries a fascinating older widower only to discover that she must live in the shadows of his first wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years before.

Special features:

• Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
• Screen tests
• Making of Rebecca Featurette
• The Gothic World of Daphne Du Maurier Featurette
• Original 1938 Radio Play Starring Orson Welles
• 1941 Radio Play Presented by Cecil B. DeMille
• 1950 Radio Play with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
• Four-page booklet

The Lodger Synopsis
Not long after a mysterious young “medical scientist” named Slade (Laird Cregar) rents a flat in the heart of London’s Whitechapel district, a series of brutal murders begins. But despite the fact that the murder victims are all female stage performers, the landlord’s niece Kitty (Merle Oberon), an ingénue, is unphased by the crimes – or by the unusual, brooding man in her family’s midst. As Kitty coquettishly interacts with a Scotland Yard detective (George Sanders), she becomes Slade’s object of obsession in this pulse-pounding thriller that “packs an unsettling punch.” (At-A-Glance Film Reviews).

Special features:

• 1999 Score by Ashley Irwin presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround
• 1997 Score by Paul Zaza presented in Mono
• Commentary with film historian Patrick McGilligan
• The Sound of Silence: The Making of The Lodger Featurette
• Hitchcock 101 Featurette
• 1940 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
• Restoration Comparison

The Paradine Case Synopsis
Beautiful Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is accused of poisoning her older wealthy husband. Her barrister, the happily married Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes the case but also lets his heart rule his head when he falls hard for his client.

Special features:

• Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
• Isolated Music and Effects Track
• 1949 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Restoration Comparision
• Still Galleries
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection

Spellbound Synopsis
When John Ballantine (Gregory Peck), the new director of a mental asylum arrives on the job, the staff is concerned. He seems too young for the position and his answers to their questions are vague and detached. Dr. Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), while knowing he is an imposter with emotional issues, nevertheless falls in love with him. Turning to her mentor, Dr. Alex Brulov (Michael Checkhov) and the use of psychoanalysis she tries to get to the root of Ballantine’s emotional problems.

Special features:

• Commentary with film historians Thomas Schatz & Charles Ramirez Berg
• Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound Featurette
• A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming Featurette
• Dreaming with Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dali Featurette
• 1948 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: Film Historian Rudy Belhemer Interviews Composer Miklós Rózsa
• Still Gallery
• 4-Page Booklet

Notorious Synopsis
Daughter of an accused World War II traitor, Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted to entrap one of her father’s colleagues in Brazil, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Raines). Her American contact, secret agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) is openly contemptuous of Alicia and instructs her to wed Sebastian. It is only after she is wed that Devlin lets himself admit that he’s fallen in love with her.

Special features:

• Commentary with film historian Rick Jewell
• Commentary with film historian Drew Casper
• Isolated Music and Effects Track
• The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious Featurette
• Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster Featurette
• AFI Tribute to Hitchcock
• 1948 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
• Restoration Comparision
• Still Gallery
• 4-Page Booklet

Young and Innocent Synopsis
In this witty, suspense thriller a police chief’s daughter helps a fugitive accused of murder prove his innocence.

Special features:

• Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
• Isolated Music and Effects Track
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection
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• Restoration Comparision
• Still Gallery

Sabotage Synopsis
A woman learns that her movie theater manager husband is actually a foreign agent when a bomb he has made kills her brother. Based on Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent.

Special features:

• Commentary with film historian Leonard Leff
• Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
• Restoration Comparision
• Still Gallery

Lifeboat Synopsis
Nominated for three Academy Awards®, Alfred Hitchcock’s World War II drama is a remarkable story of human survival. After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger – the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With powerful suspense and emotion, this legendary classic reveals the strengths and frailties of individuals under extraordinary duress.

Special features:

• Commentary by University of Southern California School of Cinema & Television Hitchcock professor and film critic, Drew Casper
• “The Making of Lifeboat” featurette
• The original theatrical trailer
• Still gallery featuring photographs from the set




They've made a pretty big mistake in the synopsis for The Lodger - that refers to the remake by Fox!
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About time too! MGM were supposed to release the Selznick/Hitchcock films back in either 2005 or 2006, which is why the Criterion editions had to go to "out of print".

There had been some hope that The Paradine Case would have the footage Selznick snipped from it restored, but an extensive hunt for the missing footage failed to find it in any the archive collections.

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For me, and I suspect for one or two others as well, the real interest in this announcement is the statement that "each have been beautifully restored and remastered". I would be willing to double dip for a DVD of Notorious with immaculate picture quality.

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Someone PLEASE make Dr. Drew Casper go away. And Mr. Jewell can be directly after him.

As to the beautifully restored and remastered, I'll wait before getting rid of the Criterions - I've been burned before by these promises, then the DVD shows up and the transfers aren't as good as the previous releases. Obviously hoping that isn't the case here.
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Interesting price tag BTW
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