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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Ultra 4K HD: Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds - Review

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Ultra 4K HD

Want to watch some classic films for the first time again?  Scoop up this release.  

Psychological.  Shocking.  Suspenseful.  And downright BEAUTIFUL to look at.  The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection release in Ultra 4K is a DEFINITIVE release for some of the most thrilling classics from the master of the macabre.  Seriously, there is no flaw to be seen in both the movies and the images as Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho (in TWO versions), and The Birds practically leap off the screen and land in your lap thanks to the upgrade in both sound and vision.

"I cannot use enough adjectives to express how flawlessly beautiful these films look in their native 4K scan"


 

Starring Hollywood favorites such as Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak, Veronica Cartwright, John Michael Hayes, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Janet Leigh, Samuel Taylor, Barbara Bel Geddes, Thelma Ritter, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Burks, George Dutton, Evan Hunter, John L. Russell, Tom Helmore, John McIntire, Loren L. Ryder, Malcolm Atterbury, Alec Coppel, Suzanne Pleshette, Rod Taylor, Wendell Corey, Vera Miles, Raymond Burr, Joseph Stefano, Grace Kelly, Jessica Tandy, James Stewart, Anthony Perkins, this essential collection features hours of bonus features as well as the original uncut version of Psycho for the first time ever!    

In Rear Window, James Stewart and Grace Kelly get their voyeuristic groove on as a wheelchair-bound photographer becomes obsessed with watching his neighbors and discovers a possible murder.  But who is it?!  In the colorful Vertigo, Stewart and Kim Novak weave a web of mistaken identity, passion and murder involving an acrophobic detective and the mysterious blonde Stewart rescues from the San Francisco Bay. These two films alone would be enough to splurge for this release, but there is more included!The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Ultra 4K HD

The next two film deal with monsters!  Seriously.  In Psycho, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh discover startling consequences to bad behavior as an unsuspecting visitor to the Bates Motel falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths, Norman Bates.  And in The Birds, Tippi Hedren discovers that there’s something really wrong with the flying wildlife surrounding a seaside town as they swarm and swoop and terrorize the residents in a series of deadly attacks!

The brand-new 4K transfer of the original technicolor camera negatives for each of these films is monumentally beautiful.   Truly, the results are as incredible as you can expect.  Using state of the art technology, a new 8K 16bit scan of the original Technicolor camera negative became the basis for the 4K UHD scan. In a word: perfection. I cannot use enough adjectives to express how flawlessly beautiful these films look in their native 4K scan. This is not hyperbole.

The work of Alfred Hitchcock, a true cinematic class act delivering one masterpiece after another, RETURNS in 4K with this release! 

5/5 stars

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Ultra 4K HD

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DigiBook / Rear Window / Vertigo / Psycho / The Birds / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD

Home Video Distributor: Universal Studios
Available on Blu-ray
- September 8, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1, 1.66:1
Subtitles
: Rear Window 4K-English SDH, French, Spanish; Vertigo 4KEnglish SDH, French, Spanish; Psycho 4KEnglish SDH, French, Spanish; The Birds 4KEnglish SDH, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc; Eight-disc set
Region Encoding: 4K Blu-ray: Region free; 2K Blu-ray: Region free

Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema's most thrilling and unforgettable classics. The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection features four iconic films from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds in stunning 4K resolution.

Video:

The brand-new 4K transfer of the original technicolor camera negatives for each of these films is monumentally beautiful.   Universal has outdone themselves.  Truly, the results are as incredible as you can expect.  Using state of the art technology, a new 8K 16 bit scan of the original Technicolor camera negative became the basis for the 4K UHD scan. In a word: perfection. I cannot use enough adjectives to express how flawlessly beautiful these films look in their native 4K scan. This is not hyperbole. Film grain is fine and intact, and adds detail to the picture - the likes you have never seen. Colors, especially with the HDR enhancements, are deeper and punchier than they ever were before in the land of all things HITCHCOCK, without sacrificing their intended looks and atmosphere.  The rain in Rear Window is practically felt in the new transfer.  The humidity, too!  And the shower scene in Psycho is beyond detailed.. In fact, the overall detail and depth of these pictures cannot be overstated.  The 4K Blu-ray discs feature the DOLBY VISION HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame.

Audio:

Get ready to hear in an all-new way!  The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtracks on these films - adding new depth to both the atmospheres and the dialogue - are downright AWESOME.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • See below for the breakdown as all FOUR movies have commentaries.

Special Features:

Documentaries! Commentaries from the experts! Interviews! Screen tests!  And more!  Nothing is left on the cutting room floor in the supplementals included here.

Disc One - Rear Window

  • Audio commentary by Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film author John Fawell
  • Rear Window Ethics
  • Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Production Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart

Disc Two - Vertigo

  • Audio commentary by filmmaker William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
  • Partners In Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Audio recording from filmmaker François Truffaut’s in-depth interview with director Alfred Hitchcock about Vertigo
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Theatrical and Restoration Trailers

Disc Three - Psycho

  • Original Uncut & Theatrical Releases 
  • The Making of Psycho
  • The Making of Psycho audio commentary with Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho author Stephen Rebello
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut — Audio recording from filmmaker François Truffaut’s in-depth interview with director Alfred Hitchcock about Psycho
  • Posters & Ad Gallery
  • Lobby Card Gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes Gallery
  • Production Photo Gallery

Disc Four - The Birds

  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
  • All About The Birds
  • Original Ending
  • Deleted Scene
  • Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
  • The Birds is coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics: 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut — Audio recording from filmmaker François Truffaut’s in-depth interview with director Alfred Hitchcock about Vertigo
  • Theatrical Trailer

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  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

5/5 stars

 

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