The Bottom Line
- Excellent selection of films
- Outstanding picture and sound clarity
- Tons of extras
- A bit pricey
- Starring various
- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
- Rated PG to R
- DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
Guide Review - 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection' Blu-ray Review
There's no doubt Universal released the bulk of Hitchock's best and most popular films, but since he also worked for other studios during his career -- including Warner Brothers and RKO -- this set doesn't include favorites like Dial M for Murder, Strangers on a Train, Notorious and Rebecca. Still, that's a minor cost for the privilege of seeing classics like Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and The Birds in gorgeous high definition. That quartet is the highlight of the horror/suspense portion of The Masterpiece Collection -- a good portion of the others is more in the spy thriller vein -- but there are also some very enjoyable entries that are lesser known to the average viewer: the cat-and-mouse game Rope, the darkly humorous The Trouble With Harry, the twisted Frenzy and one of my favorites, Shadow of a Doubt, which inspired the upcoming Nicole Kidman pic Stoker.
Special features include documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, storyboards, lobby cards, alternate scenes and trailers.