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Old 14-10-2008, 11:45   #1
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[Blu Ray] Hitchcock HD Thread

Just saw that Universal have released Psycho and the print looks lovely... and it got me thinking - anyone seen any Hitchcock in HD?

Wasn't Psycho shown is the US in HD?

Oh, imagine The Birds, or Rear Window in HD
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Old 14-10-2008, 12:09   #2
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I haven't but would love to get Psycho and Rear Window in HD. I've never been a massive fan of the rest of his stuff to be honest though.
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Several of the Universal owned films were shown in HD on the US HDNet TV channel last year. You can see various screengrabs at these links (note that some are taken from recompressed 720p versions of the full HD broadcasts):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepat...ighdefinition/
http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/blog/?cat=206
http://hitchcock.dreamhosters.com/hitch/misc/BirdsHD1/

Some of the films fair better than others -- Psycho and Vertigo look especially good, whilst Frenzy and Family Plot less so.

My hunch is that Universal prepared HD transfers in 2004/2005 as part of their last round of digital restoration work on Hitchcock's films. It was these restored transfers that were used for the US "Masterpiece Collection" set.

The first HD release is likely to be "North by Northwest" next year, as MGM are busy preparing a 50th anniversary edition.
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Sky Movies has shown Frenzy in HD
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I have seen Rear Window in HD and the print was very good for an old film.
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I think Sky Movies are showing The Birds in HD tonight (27/10/08).
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I think Sky Movies are showing The Birds in HD tonight (27/10/08).
Not doubting you, but I can't see The Birds. I can however see Torn Curtain in HD in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
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Psycho looks very nice in HD.
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Not doubting you, but I can't see The Birds. I can however see Torn Curtain in HD in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
My mistake. The Birds is actually on Friday showing on Sky Movies Classics - annoyingly that channel isn't in HD
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My mistake. The Birds is actually on Friday showing on Sky Movies Classics - annoyingly that channel isn't in HD
I'd love to see a Sky Classics HD channel. I watched A Touch of Evil in HD the other night and it looked great! I just wish Sky would show more like that.
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Just quoting John Hodson...

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Nothing totally concrete, but HMV carrying a title as a 'pre-release' (i.e. listed, but with no release date) usually means they've been told it's coming. And HMV is carrying the following Hitchcock Paramount/Warner/Universal/Granada Int. held titles as Blu-ray 'pre-releases':

The Birds
Torn Curtain
Family Plot
Frenzy
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Marnie
Mr and Mrs Smith
Psycho
Rear Window
Rope
Saboteur
Shadow of a Doubt
Topaz
The Trouble With Harry
Vertigo
To Catch a Thief
North by Northwest
Strangers on a Train
Secret Agent
The 39 Steps
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Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was so glad to see this thread bumped - great news if it comes off
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Jesus - that little lot is going to cost a fortune.
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Jesus - that little lot is going to cost a fortune.
my thoughts exactly!
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Jesus - that little lot is going to cost a fortune.
I would start out with four or five essentials and buy then buy rest over time.
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what are the essentials from that list?
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what are the essentials from that list?
I'd be keen to have the favourites of mine that will benefit from HD most first. The older and B&W films still don't look too bad in their SD incarnations.

Vertigo
Rear Window
North by Northwest
The Birds
Marnie (controversial choice I know, but a personal favourite)

The Birds and Marnie look especially ropey on SD, so I'd like to see good restorations of those two.

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For my money, if I had to pick 5:
Psycho
Rear Window
Vertigo
North by Northwet
The 39 Steps
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For me:

Psycho
Rear Window
North by Northwest
The Birds

Then the rest over time...
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and Shadow of a Doubt. Essential.
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