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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Universal Monsters Week | New Monster Model Kits

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This week on The Big Scare, we will be highlighting where you can track down some cool Halloween merchandise featuring our favorite fiends of Filmland.

There have been a number of exciting Monster Models released in recent years.  And the trend continues this fall with a slew of monsters and their mates making the ”scream scene!”  The Moebius Models Bride of Frankenstein kit is now available to purchase. The 1:8 scale Creature from the Black Lagoon kit with victim, sculpted by Adam Dougherty, will be debuting in the next few weeks.  The deluxe Bela Lugosi Dracula model kit with victim (based on the original stage play) is also set to debut in September.  So grab some glue and paints and get ready to create your own monster scenes this Halloween!