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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Provides 4K Viewing of Classic Flims

Updated on September 7, 2020

Hitchcock Hits The Mark

One of the first Hitchcock films we ever saw on a big screen was at a Drive-In that featured older films. Sitting in the dark on lawn chairs in front of the car’s bumper (and listening to the horrible quality metal speaker attached to a pole), one could sympathize with those residents in the movie who had their windows open because it was so hot. And also because there was no air conditioning and the film was Rear Window. Forget about Jimmy Stewart and his broken leg or Grace Kelly and her allure; the idea of looking into other people’s lives is appealing even today — only now it’s called social media. So pull up any chair you want and turn on the TV and fire up the 4K Media Player because The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is now on hand.

Rear Widow and Vertigo

Obviously it’s about films and there’s 4: Rear Window as noted above, with the interplay between Stewart and Kelly providing a touch of romance and lightheartedness amidst what is a dark situation developing in the neighborhood. Fans of Raymond Burr won’t be disappointed either. Conventional film photographers (and today’s digital ones) will get a kick out of seeing Stewart pull out his looooong telephoto lens — try getting that kind of oomph from a smartphone.

Vertigo also has Stewart but there’s no little moments of joy because this physiologica mystery/thriller requires close attention and forgoing the simple expectations of good vs. evil. The film can cause dizziness which even at home could be problematic.

Psycho and The Birds

Psycho was an ambitious film by Hitchcock and one where he didn’t want moviegoers entering the film during its opening but asked to have the doors kept closed (something fire marshals would never allow today). We should note that Psycho is presented in its original, uncut version (with additional footage) along with the oft maligned “safe” version — you wouldn’t believe the amount of consternation and just disbelief that was caused by theatergoers from having the main character (Janet Leigh) check out of the film so early. In this day of wannabes citing “subverting expectations,” leave it to Hitchcock to not only predate this now-loved idea of Hollywood by decades, but to show how it can be done to enhance the movie experience. Or in other words, to do it right.

The Birds stars Tippi Hedren who many found an unsatisfying Grace Kelly replacement, but regardless of person taste the overall results with Rod Taylor is a film that never lets up its pace and brings a sense of horror and fear that today’s CGI still can’t match.

The Combo Pack comes in a shelf-ready box package which makes room for the discs as well as a collectible Discbook to hold and look at Those discs also holds a bevy of bonus features — these include conversations, documentaries, theatrical trailers and commentaries. So much stuff that it would take a ton of time to list them but 1962’s interview of Hitchcock by filmmaker Francois Truffaut is worth noting for sure. As does being able to see the original ending for The Birds and storyboards of Psycho’s Shower Sequence.

Its The 4K Resolution That Does It

The fact that these films are in 4K means that they are now about as close to the film resolution experience as is possible (providing the film transfer is handled in a professional and approving manner - which it was). Plus there’s Blu-ray versions as well, should the need arise. The large TV is now the “silver screen” and the highlights and detail that is expected when watching a movie is realized. Audio has also been enhanced, with DTS:X, DTS-HD and monophonic Digital Surround options. Subtitles are also available and makes for interesting reading (we saw Vertigo in Paris with French subtitles and found the difference in dialog between it and the English-speaking actors amusing).

Not that any of these films are just about audio or resolution or how good a transfer from film to home viewing media is — it’s about the film itself. And in the case of The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection, what you get to see is what the director wanted you to see and what you expect to see. Which you do. How great is that for fans of these classic films of the great director?

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