The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection on 4K

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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a box set on September 8th, via Universal. The set includes four films by the legendary director, chronologically including: “Rear Window” (1954), “Vertigo” (1958), “Psycho” (1960), and “The Birds” (1963). The tech specs for each film will vary and I’ll be noting them in a moment. Most importantly, they’ll be presented in 2160p with the HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range along with a variety of DTS:X and DTS-HD Master Audio sound.  Specifically: Rear Window will be in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono sound. Vertigo will be in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS:X and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound. Psycho will be in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS:X and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound. The Birds will be in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono sound. Lastly, it is noted that each film will be receiving a BD-100 (100 gigabytes) disc.

The release will come as a “combo pack” meaning that it will include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of each film. This release will also be presented in a collectible DiscBook packaging, as shown below.

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UPDATE: You can now find The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon.

It is also known that there will be a 60th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release of the film “Psycho” (1960) on 4K UHD Blu-ray, which is listed for preorder again over at retailer Best Buy. I’m not sure yet if that will be an exclusive and if any of the other four films will get SteelBook treatment. It’s likely only this film will, as it is celebrating an anniversary. You can find this 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook for Psycho pictured below.

psycho_1960_60th_anniversary_edition_4k_steelbookThe bonus materials set to be included on this box set include hours of content, which you can find listed in full detail (for each film) further below after the break — in the press release.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

 

THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION

OWN THE BRAND NEW 4K ULTRA HD COMBO PACK

WITH A BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL CODE ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

SYNOPSIS: 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. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection features hours of bonus features as well as the original uncut version of Psycho for the first time ever. This collection with collectible Discbook packaging includes hours of bonus features such as documentaries, expert commentaries, interviews, screen tests and much more!

 

THE BEST OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILMS INCLUDED:

  1. Rear Window
  2. Vertigo
  3. Psycho – Includes two versions of the film for the first time ever!
    • PSYCHO UNCUT: The extended version of the movie as seen in theaters in 1960 is exactly as intended by Alfred Hitchcock and now available with additional footage for the first time ever.
    • PSYCHO: The most widely seen version of the movie was edited for content and subsequently used for TV broadcasts, theatrical re-releases and home entertainment over the last 60 years.
  4. The Birds

 

BONUS FEATURES ON Rear Window 4K ULTRA HD:

  • 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 – In 1962, filmmaker François Truffaut, aided by his translator and associate, Helen G. Scott, spent numerous hours interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for his book, Hitchcock. The audio recording of those interviews provides the soundtrack to this montage of film clips and stills, giving audiences a deeper insight into one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces.
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
  • Feature Commentary with John Fawell, Author of “Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film”

 

BONUS FEATURES ON VERTIGO 4K ULTRA HD:

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
  • Partners In Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
    • Saul Bass: Title Champ
    • Edith Head: Dressing the Master’s Movies
    • Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock’s Maestro
    • Alma: The Master’s Muse
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – In 1962, filmmaker François Truffaut, aided by his translator and associate, Helen G. Scott, spent numerous hours interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for his book, “Hitchcock.” The audio recording of those interviews provides the soundtrack to this montage of film clips and stills, giving audiences a deeper insight into one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces.
  • Feature Commentary with Film Director William Friedkin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era

 

BONUS FEATURES ON PSYCHO 4K ULTRA HD:

  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – “In 1962, filmmaker François Truffaut, aided by his translator and associate, Helen G. Scott, spent numerous hours interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for his book, “Hitchcock”. The audio recording of those interviews provides the soundtrack to this montage of film clips and stills, giving audiences a deeper insight into one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces.
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: with and without Music
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Psycho Theatrical Trailers
  • Psycho Re-release Trailer
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello, author of “Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho

 

BONUS FEATURES on the BIRDS 4K ULTRA HD:

  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
  • All About The Birds
  • Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
  • Deleted Scene
  • The Original Ending
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – In 1962, filmmaker François Truffaut, aided by his translator and associate, Helen G. Scott, spent numerous hours interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for his book, “Hitchcock.” Viewers can listen to excerpts from their discussion of The Birds.
  • The Birds is coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring The Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot

 

THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION will be available on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, & Digital Code.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.

 

 

REAR WINDOW FILMMAKERS:

Actors: James Stewart (L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jeffries), Grace Kelly (Lisa Carol Fremont), Raymond Burr (Lars Thorwald), Wendell Corey (Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle), Thelma Ritter (Stella)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: John Michael Hayes

Based on the Work(s) of: Cornell Woolrich

Director of Photography: Robert Burks

 

VERTIGO FILMMAKERS:

Actors: James Stewart (Det. John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson), Kim Novak (Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton), Barbara Bel Geddes (Marjorie ‘Midge’ Wood), Tom Helmore (Gavin Elster)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: Alec Coppel, Samuel Taylor

Music: Bernard Herrmann

Based on the Work(s) of: Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac

Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead, Sam Comer, Frank McKelvy

 

PSYCHO FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Janet Leigh (Marion Crane), Vera Miles (Lila Crane), John Gavin (Sam Loomis), Martin Balsam (Milton Arbogast), John McIntire (Dep. Sheriff Al Chambers)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: Joseph Stefano

Music: Bernard Herrmann

Based on the Work(s) of: Robert Bloch

Director of Photography: John L. Russell

Art Direction: Joseph Hurley, Robert Clatworthy, George Milo

 

THE BIRDS FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Tippi Hedren (Melanie Daniels), Rod Taylor (Mitch Brenner), Jessica Tandy (Lydia Brenner), Suzanne Pleshette (Annie Hayworth), Veronica Cartwright (Cathy Brenner), Malcolm Atterbury (Deputy Al Malone)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: Evan Hunter

Visual Effects: Ub Iwerks

 

REAR WINDOW TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K:

Street Date: September 8, 2020

Selection Number: 61212451 (US) / 61212455 (CDN)

Layers:  BD-100

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.66:1

Rating: PG

Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish

Video: 2160p UHD HDR 10 Widescreen 1.66.1

Languages/Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono ; French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono

Run Time: 01:52:24

 

VERTIGO TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K:

Street Date: September 8, 2020

Selection Number: 61212451 (US) / 61212455 (CDN)

Layers:  BD-100

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen

Rating: PG

Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish

Video: 2160p UHD HDR 10 Widescreen 1.85.1

Languages/Sound: English DTS:X, English Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono

Run Time: 02:08:24

 

PSYCHO TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K:

Street Date: September 8, 2020

Selection Number: 61212451 (US) / 61212455 (CDN)

Layers:  BD-100

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen

Rating: R

Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish

Video: 2160p UHD HDR 10 Widescreen 1.85.1

Languages/Sound: English DTS:X, English Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono

Run Time: Theatrical – 01:48:44 , Extended – 01:48:57

 

THE BIRDS TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K:

Street Date: September 8, 2020

Selection Number: 61212451 (US) / 61212455 (CDN)

Layers:  BD-100

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen

Rating: PG-13

Subtitles: English SDH, Brazilian Portuguese, French Canadian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish

Video: 2160p UHD HDR 10 Widescreen 1.85.1

Languages/Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono ; Brazilian Portuguese DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Japanese DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono

Run Time: 01:59:21

 

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