Welcome ghouls and boys to another week of thrills, chills, and spills on The Big Scare. This week, we have a complete lineup of the “must-have” home entertainment releases of the season.
A number of classic films have been released on Blu-Ray this year in honor of Universal Studios’ 100th Anniversary. And now that autumn is upon us, the stuff that Horror is made of is finally being released in HD. The first major collection we are featuring is entitled Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. According to the official press release, the set includes newly remastered classics from the Master for Suspense. There are fifteen films in the collection: Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot. Trailers and other bonus materials are included for each film. Click here for more information.
A 50 page collectible book is also included in the set. The collection is being released next week, on September 25.
The suggested retail price is $299.98, but discounts are available at various retailers.
This collection contains some “must haves” if you are a fan of the genre or the director. We wouldn’t say that every film in this collection qualifies as a “masterpiece,” but there are enough true Hitchcock classics in here to warrant the title. Of course we can’t say anything bad about Psycho (1960) or The Birds (1963). Nor can we share negative thoughts on North by Northwest or Vertigo, the latter of which was named the best film of all time. Rear Window is another fantastic film. Each of these earns 5 Bates Motels out of 5 Bates Motels in our book. As for the others? We invite you to rate them yourself. Share your thoughts in the comments section below!