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Blu-ray review: 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection'

The box set contains 15 of the greatest and not-so-greatest hits of the Master of Suspense.
Published: November 2, 2012
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Some of the later works — “Torn Curtain” (1966), “Topaz” (1969), “Frenzy” (1972), “Family Plot” (1976) — show Hitchcock's genius for visual and psychological storytelling and his wickedly dark sense of humor beginning to falter.

But for the most part this is a solid selection of the Master's movies that also features “Rope” (1948), “The Trouble with Harry” (1955), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) and the sorely underrated “Marnie” (1964), starring ‘Tippi' Hedren as a compulsive liar and thief who's forced to marry one of the men (Sean Connery) she attempts to rob.

The set also holds more than 15 hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and a new documentary, “‘The Birds', Hitchcock's Monster Movie.” There's also a 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs and great Hitchcock quotes such as: “I'm a typed director. If I made ‘Cinderella,' the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”

— Gene Triplett


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