Halloween Home Entertainment Preview: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

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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.

The News:

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: SaboteurShadow of a DoubtRope, Rear WindowThe Trouble with HarryThe Man Who Knew Too MuchVertigoNorth by Northwest, PsychoThe BirdsMarnieTorn CurtainTopazFrenzy, 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.

The Views:

So just how good are these movies anyway?

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 timeRear 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!

*The pictures on this page are of models and figures and are not from any film.   They were taken by THE BIG SCARE.
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Big News: Frankenstein and his Bride, Hitchcock and his Birds Return to Movie Theaters!

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For the first time in decades, some of the greatest Horror films of all time will return to movie theaters nationwide.  In celebration of Universal’s 100th Anniversary, Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Birds (1963) will be arriving at cinemas near you.

NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures have  teamed up to bring these exciting films to cities all across the country.  But the catch is they will only be shown one night!

A newly restored version of The Birds is the first to make its HD debut on the silver screen.  The Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece will be shown Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.  Not only will viewers be treated to a stunning print, but they will also have the opportunity to hear from the film’s star, Tippi Hedren, in an exclusive interview that will play right before the film.  You can see if The Birds will be arriving in your town by checking out this list.

Boris Karloff’s most memorable character, our favorite Monster, will be resurrected on Wednesday, October 24, also at 7:00 p.m .  Certain locations are also offering a matinee showing.  The original James Whale classic will be followed by the sequel, Bride of Frankenstein, making the Frankenstein event quite reminiscent of the Monster Movie Double Features of yesteryear.  Bela Lugosi, Jr. along with Sara Karloff and Rick Baker have all been interviewed, and those interviews will be showcased before the start of the first film.  To see if the Frankenstein double bill will “come to life” in your area, check out this list.

View the official site for more information.  (Note that listed talent is subject to change.)  Can’t wait to see you all at the movies!