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[Movies] Massive Alfred Hitchcock Blu-Ray Set Gets Delayed
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.17.2012

IGN reports that Universal has pushed back the release of the 15-film Blu-ray set Alfred Hitchcock: The Materpiece Collection.

The US version was scheduled to arrive on September 25 while the UK version would have hit on October 1. But now the set has been delayed to October 30. The studio said they did this because "certain imperfections with the product have come to light and, as a result, we are delaying the release date to correct these points. Our goal is to always deliver the best possible product to our consumers."

Here's the official description: Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema's most thrilling and unforgettable classics. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection features 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best. Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience.

Each film will be in digibook form (in the US) and were restored in 1080p HD, with DTS-HD Master Audio (2.0 for most except Vertigo and Psycho, which are in 2.0 and 5.1; North by Nothwest was mixed in TrueHD 5.1, DD 5.1 and Mono). The suggested retail for the US is $299.98, while Amazon has it for pre-order at $209.99. The UK release is priced at £112.49.

Here's a list of the films and their special feautres:


Saboteur: A Closer Look behind-the-scenes featurette
Storyboards for the "Statue of Liberty" setpiece
Alfred Hitchcock's sketches
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer

Shadow of a Doubt:

Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock's Favorite Film behind-the-scenes featurette
Production drawings by art director Robert Boyle
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer


Rope Unleashed behind-the-scenes featurette
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer

Rear Window:

Commentary with Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film author John Fawell
Masters of Cinema featurette
Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
Production photographs
Theatrical trailers
Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart
BD Live and Pocket Blu (BD Exclusive)

The Trouble with Harry:

The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over behind-the-scenes featurette
Production photographs
Theatrical trailers

The Man Who Knew Too Much:

The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much behind-the-scenes featurette
Production photographs


Commentary: Associate producer Herbert Coleman, restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz and other Vertigo participants
Commentary: Filmmaker William Friedkin
Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
The Vertigo Archives feature
Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
Foreign censorship Ending
100 Years of Universal featurette: The Lew Wasserman Era
Theatrical trailer
Restoration theatrical trailer
BD Live and Pocket Blu (BD Exclusive)


Commentary with Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho author Stephen Rebello
The Making of Psycho
Psycho Sound
In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
Breakdowns of the "Shower Scene" setpiece: with and without music, storyboards by Saul Bass
The Psycho Archives feature
Vintage newsreel: The Release of Psycho
Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
Posters and Psycho ads
Lobby cards
Behind-the-scenes photographs
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer
Re-release trailers

The Birds:

The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie (BD Exclusive)
All About The Birds
The Birds Is Coming Vintage Newsreel
Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock Vintage Newsreel
Tippi Hedren's screen test
Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
Deleted scene
Original ending
Production photographs
Restoring the Classics
The Lot
Theatrical trailer
BD Live and Pocket Blu (BD Exclusive)


The Trouble with Marnie behind-the-scenes featurette
The Marnie Archives feature
Theatrical trailer

Torn Curtain:

Torn Curtain Rising behind-the-scenes featurette
Selected scenes scored by Bernard Herrmann
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer


Alternate endings
Topaz: An Appreciation with film historian and critic Leonard Maltin
Storyboards for "The Mendozas" setpiece
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer


The Story of Frenzy behind-the-scenes featurette
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer

Family Plot:

Plotting Family Plot behind-the-scenes featurette
Storyboards for the chase scene
Production photographs
Theatrical trailer

North by Northwest (This title is NOT included in the UK release) :

Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
North by Northwest: One for the Ages
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style
Cary Grant: A Class Apart
Music-only audio track
Stills gallery
Theatrical trailers and TV spot

The set also has a 50-page book with rare photos, storyboards, sketches, notes and "correspondence".

Here are photos for the UK and US releases:


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