The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection on 4K UHD

Universal Pictures has given four iconic films an upgrade as The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is now available to bring home in 4K UHD. The four films included in this set are Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds.  Psycho includes two different versions in the 4K UHD release.  You have the widely seen version but here for the first time on home video is Psycho Uncut.  Hitchcock fans who didn’t see the film during…

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To Catch a Thief: Paramount Presents a 4K Scan

To Catch a Thief teams up Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 thriller about a reformed jewel thief attempting to clear his name. John Robie (Cary Grant) is “The Cat,” a reformed jewel thief.  Jewels have been stolen from the many luxurious hotels in the French Riviera as the film starts.  Naturally, people suspect Robie given his former past time.  He insists that he’s innocent.  Robie gets his chance when he meets…

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North by Northwest: My Favorite Hitchcock Film

With a climax at Mount Rushmore, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is easily one of the director’s best films of all time. In an alternate universe, advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) could have been portrayed by Jimmy Stewart.  Film audiences should certainly be grateful that Grant got the part instead.  It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role to be honest.  Grant’s manners are also perfect for the role, too. Where do we…

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Foreign Correspondent: An International Thriller

The Oscar-nominated Foreign Correspondent was Alfred Hitchcock’s first large-scale international thriller to be released in theaters. The New York Morning Globe appoints Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) to serve as a foreign correspondent under the name Huntley Haverstock.  On assignment to interview Universal Peace Party leader Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), Jones encounters Dutch diplomat named Van Meer (Albert Bassermann).  Meanwhile, he meets Fisher’s daughter, Carol (Laraine Day), at the party. When Van Meer is shot at…

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Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock’s Greatest Film

Even though Psycho isn’t as terrifying under today’s cinematic standards, the film stands out as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest achievements. There’s something to be said about the relationship between Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his mother.  You could say that the son is too obsessed with his mother–which explains the film’s third act.  This relationship isn’t too far away from another son and mother in 1949 gangster drama White Heat.  It may be hard…

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Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

John Billheimer takes a look at how filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was impacted by the Production Code Administration in Hitchcock and the Censors. It’s been nearly a year since University Press of Kentucky released this book in their Screen Classics series.  If you have any interest in classic movies, you certainly can’t go wrong with these books.  Anyway, this review is going online over a week after I finished reading my sixth quarantine book.  The main…

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Fantasia: 78/52 profiles Pyscho’s Shower Scene

A selection for the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival, 78/52 profiles the iconic shower scene shown in Alfred Hitchock’s Pyscho. Written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the documentary features a wide array of interviews mixed in with archival footage.  A number of interview subjects were included including family members of Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, and Anthony Perkins. Oscar winning editors such as Walter Murch, Chris Ennis, and Bob Murawski were also among those interviewed. The…

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