HITCHCOCK: The Essentials Collection (Blu-Ray) in June


Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection (Blu-Ray)
June 4th
Retail $79.98, Our: $64.99
Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963)
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Universal has announced a June 4th release date for Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection (Blu-Ray).

The 5-disc set contains the five titles above, all of which were released last year in a pricey 15-disc Masterpiece Collection, with two (North by Northwest and Psycho) having been previously released before that as singles.

Retail will be $79.99, but it's available at ClassicFlix.com for only $64.99. Details below.


Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling and unforgettable classics.

Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection captures the most memorable moments in the career of a true cinematic master.

Rear Window (1954)
One of Alfred Hitchcock's most suspenseful screen achievements, Rear Window, is now available in a new 2-disc Special Edition DVD! When a professional photographer (James Stewart) suspects his neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate the suspicious chain of events.

Honored in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies for excellence in film, Rear Window has also been hailed as "one of Alfred Hitchcock's most stylish thrillers" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide). With in-depth bonus features an digitally remastered picture, this set showcases a cinematic masterpiece that continues to entertain audiences around the world.


  • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
  • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Feature Commentary with Author John Fawell
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
Vertigo (1958)
One of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest cinematic achievements, Vertigo, celebrates its 50th anniversary with an all-new 2-disc Special Edition DVD! Set in San Francisco, Vertigo creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder after an acrophobic detective (James Stewart) rescues a mysterious blonde (Kim Novak) from the bay.

Recognized for excellence in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies, this dreamlike thriller from the Master of Suspense is as entertaining today as it was 50 years ago. Featuring revealing bonus features and a digitally remastered picture, Vertigo is a "great motion picture that demands multiple viewings" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).


  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
  • Original & RestorationTheatrical Trailers
North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant teams with director Alfred Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this superlative espionage caper judged one of the American Film Institute's Top-100 Films and spruced up with a new digital transfer and remixed Dolby Digital Stereo.

He plays a Manhattan advertising executive plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased and in another signature set piece, crop-dusted. He also holds on for dear life from the facial features of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore (backlot sets were used). But don't expect the Master of Suspense to leave star or audience hanging.


  • Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Destination Hitchcock: The Making-Of North By Northwest - Hosted By Eva Marie Saint and Featuring Martin Landau, Screenwriter Ernest Lehman, Patricia Hitchcock and Others
  • North by Northwest: One for the Ages
  • The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
  • Cary Grant: A Class Apart
  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Ernest Lehman
  • Stills Gallery
  • Hitchcock Theatrical Trailers
Psycho (1960)
One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, is now available in hi-definition! Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema's most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).

Named #1 on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills list, this notorious film has become a cultural phenomenon. Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history - the infamous "shower scene" - plus new bonus features and a digitally remastered picture, Psycho is "still terrifying after all these years" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).


  • Commentary with Stephen Rebello
  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-release Trailers
The Birds (1963)
Nothing equals The Birds for sheer terror when Alfred Hitchcock unleashes his foul friends in one of his most shocking and memorable masterpieces. As beautiful blond Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) rolls into Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), she is inexplicably attacked by a seagull. Suddenly thousands of birds are flocking into town, preying on school children and residents in a terrifying series of attacks. Soon Mitch and Melanie are fighting for their lives against a deadly force that can't be explained and can't be stopped in one of Hollywood's most horrific films of nature gone berserk.


  • Deleted Scene
  • The Original Ending
  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
  • All About The Birds
  • Storyboard Sequence
  • Tippi Hendren’s Screen Test
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot

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