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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.
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.
“The House of Hitchcock“ Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc box set is coming on October 1st, via Universal, according to retailers. The box set will include a total of 15 movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Those films, all previously available on the Blu-ray format, included in this set are listed below (in chronological order):
- “Saboteur“ (1942)
- “Shadow of a Doubt“ (1943)
- “Rope“ (1948)
- “Rear Window“ (1954)
- “The Trouble with Harry“ (1955)
- “The Man Who Knew Too Much“ (1956)
- “Vertigo“ (1958)
- “North by Northwest“ (1959)
- “Psycho“ (1960)
- “The Birds“ (1963)
- “Marnie“ (1964)
- “Torn Curtain“ (1966)
- “Topaz“ (1969)
- “Frenzy“ (1972)
- “Family Plot“ (1976)
The release will include not only the physical form box set replica (of sorts) of the infamous “Psycho” house but it’ll even include blueprints, movie poster cards for each film, a booklet about his work, a “Do Not Disturb” door hanger sign from the “Bates Motel”, letters, and more. Tech specs for the Blu-ray releases remain identical to the previously released versions. You can find the Blu-ray set available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials, some of which are exclusive to this box set, are listed below and the contents are even pictured, further below after the break.
- 7 TV Episodes from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” [EXCLUSIVE DVD]
- 3 TV Episodes from “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” [EXCLUSIVE DVD]
- Expert (Audio) Commentaries
- Screen Tests
- And Much More!
The 1942 Alfred Hitchcock directed film “Notorious“ starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is getting released on Blu-ray Disc by The Criterion Collection on January 15th, 2019. The film had previously been released on the format by MGM back in 2012, but it’s now getting re-released because it has received a New 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release include 1080p HD Black & White video in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with an uncompressed Mono sound mix. The Criterion Collection version Blu-ray is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and directly via Criterion. There are several New bonus materials set to be included on this release and the complete list can be found below, along with details about the restoration.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer
- New interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto
- New program about the film’s visuals with cinematographer John Bailey
- New scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell
- Once Upon a Time . . . “Notorious,” a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini; filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears; and others
- New program about Hitchcock’s storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim
- 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock
- 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Notorious, starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten
- Trailers and teasers
- PLUS: An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién
- New cover by Greg Ruth