View Full Version : Alfred hitchcock movies.. help please!

03-09-2001, 08:22 AM
As many of you probably know there are a huge number of Hitchcock movies that have recently been released on DVD. And if you are aware of that fact you may allso heard some of the angry voices that complain about the fact that theres NO WAY IN HELL to get ahold of all the 'Hitchcock presents' episodes if you are not willing to buy some of his other movies a bunch of times... yes, I'm talking about those (idiotic?) boxes...

I'm not familiar with all of Hitchcock's movies, but as many of you I have a huge respect for this legendary director and I'm rather interested in adding many of his movies to my DVD-colection!

So, here's my question to you all: What are your favorite Hitchcock movies? Gimme a top10 list or something! :)

The ones I KNOW I would love to get are Psycho, Rear window, Vertigo and Birds. His 'moste known' works you might call them.. But I'm allso really interested in getting Rope (always wanted to see it), North by Northwest (is that one out on DVD yet by the way?) and a bunch of other ones.

I'd really like to get them all actually - but as that would cost rather much I don't know if that's possible anytime soon. But I'm seariously considering buying the "Best of Hitchcock vol.1" 8dvd-box really soon and then I'll see if I can gather enough money to get the second one too, otherwise I guess I'll have to buy individual releases of the movies I just need to get a hold of...

Btw.. is there going to be a third "best of hitchcock" box comming out anytime soon with North By Northwest and some other titles?

Anyway.. Could you guys please help me out here. What Hitchcock movies have you seen? What did you think of them? Which one would you personaly recomend? Which are your favorite "...presents" episodes?


BTW. if anyone want's to give me enough money to buy all the boxes feel free to mail me and we might be able to work something out! :D hehe

03-09-2001, 12:29 PM
North by Northwest is great! It is out on dvd, but you won't find it in any Universal box sets; it's a Warner release. And the transfer certainly kicks ass. Aside from what you've already mentioned, The Trouble With Harry is great fun, Rope is ingenious, and The Man Who Knew Too Much '56 is a wild ride, was always a favorite as well. You'll notice those're all recently released by Universal, who have a monopoly on '50s-'60s Hitchcock.

The '50s and '60s Hitch is by far the most accessible to we later generations, but if you really want to delve into Hitch, don't forget Criterions The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. The transfers look great. Lady Vanishes only has a commentary for extras, but 39 Steps is an awesome disc. In addition to the commentary, there's the original radio broacast adaptation, a documentary covering Hitch's British days, and exerpts from the '35 press book. Truly a great disc. These are the earliest Hitchcocks ('35 and '38) so far released (by respectable companies anyway).

Heading into the '40s, our friends at Anchor Bay have cornered the market here. I don't know why, but these discs don't get any copy here, or anywhere that I've seen. I'm just as guilty, as I haven't checked any of them out myself. But for what it's worth, here's the run-down. Available from AB are...
Rebecca '40
Spellbound '45
Notorious '46
Paradine Case '47
Lots of Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier and Carey Grant here. I'm ashamed to say, I've yet to see these, at least consciously. I'm sure I've seen some of some of them from time to time as a kid, but I've never sat down and decidedly watched them. At least I've got something to look forward to :D. I don't know why, but these AB releases are super cheap. Maybe they suck (the dvds, not the movies). I don't know, I'm going to have to do some research and check out some reviews. If you're interested, www.deepdiscountdvd.com (http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com) has these AB discs for only 8.99 each, and no shipping at that. Dammit my credit card is getting hot. Somebody please post that these discs suck and I really shouldn't spend money on them!! I'm going broke here!

Anyway, hope this helps ya Gusse. Just realized you're in Sweden. Deepdiscountdvd probably won't ship to you for free, but check anyway. If not, they'll still be cheap.


03-09-2001, 02:33 PM
North By Northwest is my favorite Hitchcock film, followed by Frenzy. Frenzy is about a serial killer and an innocent man convicted of the crimes. Classic Hitch themes. It has a couple of amazing shots that probably influenced Argento's famous crane shot, and a liberal dose of black humor. Topaz is another great film. It has an absoultely nail biting sequence concerning the stealing of a breifcase from a Cuban government office in New York and a great chase scene only Hitchcock could have pulled off - everybody is just walking but Hitch makes this as thrilling as the car chase in Bullit.

03-09-2001, 04:39 PM
Wow, it's already too late for me to get in this thread since most of my favorites have already been mentioned: the flawless North by Northwest, The 39 Steps, the unfairly maligned Frenzy, Rope, and Spellbound.

I also enjoy the vastly underrated Saboteur, Lifeboat, and Marnie.

Is there any such thing as a "bad" Hitchcock movie?

03-09-2001, 06:33 PM
Nope. :D

03-09-2001, 06:34 PM
I don't think Hitch made a single film I didn't enjoy on some level. I've ordered every one of the new discs coming out. Damn all those "SECURITY DEVICE ENCLOSED" stickers I have to remove!

I most look forward to checking out "Rear Window", "Rope", and "Shadow of a Doubt" (Alfie said this was his personal favorite).

"The 39 Steps" (Criterion), "The Birds", "The Lady Vanishes" (Criterion), "N by NW", "Psycho", "Strangers on a Train", and "Vertigo" are the best of the past lot - but I really, really, really wish Psycho and Vertigo would get anamorphic re-releases.

Now, I do have one nagging problem: Where the hell is "Foreign Correspondent"?!?! I love this film. No DVD in sight. Damn it. Same for "Dial M for Murder". Wouldn't a release with both the flat and 3D version be awesome? These last two would complete my Hitchcock want list. I wouldn't mind a quality release of "The Lodger" either. Ah, if only Criterion could get these three...

As for my overall favorite Hitchcock film, I guess it would be "Psycho". That may sound cliche, or like a cop out since I'm a horror fan, but regardless of the theme it is still just a great film. All the people who praise Scream and The BWP should watch this a few times to see how horror and suspense can really be done - and with actual acting no less!

The "AH Presents" situation sucks big time. It punishes those who already purchased the movie discs individually. Hope they eventually release a box with just those discs instead.

03-09-2001, 08:09 PM
Top ten Hitchcock:

3.Rear Window
4.The Lodger
5.North by Northwest
Oh I cant do this every one is a classic buy the lot....

03-12-2001, 08:20 AM
Thanks a million for all the helpful replies! I'll try to get my selfe as many Hitchcock movies as possible - as soon as possible! ;)


03-13-2001, 02:10 AM
DANG! Just found another one. Kino Video released Jamaica Inn from 1939 on dvd. I've never seen it, but it's Hitch, so I'll have to get around to it. Man, my wallet's taking a beating!!

07-21-2002, 08:35 AM
By the way, this is a Hitchcock thread, and Hitchcock is classic, so.....

Moving to classic forum. :D

(I know, I know - took me long enough.)

07-21-2002, 01:25 PM
hehehe.. Better lait then never Flash ;)

07-21-2002, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by gusse
hehehe.. Better lait then never Flash ;)

Ha! Yep. :D

07-22-2002, 03:44 AM
Most of the top Hitchcock's have been mentioned, but I will add a second mention of Shadow of a Doubt, absolutely wonderful film with Joseph Cotten doing some of his best work.

Jamaica Inn definitely deserves a look-see. Maureen O'Sullivan's debut.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934): one of his best. Peter Lorre is wonderful, and if you're in Region 2 or can play Region 2 - grab the Carlton disk. A beauty of a print.

Blackmail is also definitely worth a look, and one of his darker films, IMO.

07-24-2002, 06:03 AM
Hmmm, it's probably common knowledge, but I think an update is in order here.

Available Hitchcock (other than cheap-assed Madacy and off-Madacy crrraaappp)...

The Lady Vanishes
The 39 Steps
Spellbound (soon to be released)

Anchor Bay
Paradine Case

Jamaica Inn (Kino)
Alfred Hitchcock Shorts: Bon Voyage/ Aventure Malgache

North By Northwest
Strangers On A Train (US And UK Versions)

Infuriatingly, the Hitchcock Presents dvds were never released on their own. They were in the Universal box sets. The crappy thing was that they were spread out so that you would have to buy duplicates of some movies to get all the volumes. Reaaaaal crappy move on Universal's part.

Anyway, below are the four sets (which include all of the Universal Hitchcocks available) one would have to buy, barring second-hand shopping, to get all four volumes of the Presents dvds. The duplicate movies you would end up with are in red.

The Alfred Hithcock Collection (click pic to see large view of back cover)
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Psycho, Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Vol. 1)

Best of Hitchcock Vol. 1
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Family Plot, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, Rear Window, Rope, Shadow Of A Doubt, Topaz, Alfred Hitchcock Presents Vol. 2

Best of Hitchcock Vol. 2
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The Birds, Frenzy, Marnie, Saboteur, Torn Curtain, The Trouble With Harry, Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents Vol. 3

The Alfred Hithcock Collection Vol. 2
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The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock Presents Vol. 4

I already have the first 3-disc set, as theat came out way before any of these other sets were even hinted as coming out. One of these days, I'll probably break down and get the two 8-disc sets and eBay it for AH Presents Vol. 4, or just get the second 8-disc set, getting just one duplicate, and buy the ones from the first 8-disc set seperately... damn, see? It's a friggin' headache! :mad:

Let me know if I missed anything, and I'll update the list. Thanks! :)

p.s., Gusse, as Criterion has been able to pick up every title that Anchor Bay has done with the exception of Paradine Case, I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see Criterion put one out sometime in the future. Just a guess though.

07-24-2002, 08:35 AM
Cool thread gusse, and thanks for the full rundown Hyde! :cool:

I'm at 11 Hitch DVDs, most of my favorites have been covered, but here's how I'd rate the one's I have:

1. North by Northwest
2. Frenzy (in total agreement with DiamondHead on 1-2 :))
3. Shadow of a Doubt (completely agree with IronWolfe, COTTEN is terrific!)
4. Rebecca CC (Joan Fontaine in '40 looked like Kari Wuhrer minus the implants!!!)
5. Strangers on a Train
6. The Birds
7. The Lady Vanishes CC
8. The 39 Steps CC
9. Vertigo
10. Notorious CC
11. Psycho

Favorite Just-like-a-Hitchcock-DVDs
Charade CC

Any guesses at who would be the "Hitchcock Blonde" if he were alive and making films today? I've only seen about 20 Hitchcock films but I'm convinced it would be Jenna Jameson. :D

07-24-2002, 09:21 AM
Ha ha! Hitch would have saved Jenna from a life of porn, you heard it here first folks! Although I'm not too sure that would be for the best ;) . Hmmm, good question Carl, I gotta think about that one. I can't think of any blondes of today that have that caliber of class needed for Hitch. I wonder how Natalie Portman would be as a blonde, hmmm...

07-24-2002, 01:19 PM
Since this thread was first started, a rather long time ago, I have managed to gather enough money to buy me most of the Hitchcock movies that have been released on DVD.

Heres a list of the DVD's I'm currently owning:

Notorious (Criterion)
Strangers On A Train
North By Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock Presents vol.4 (fond me a used copy so I Didnt have to buy the box to get it!)
Rebecca (Criterion)

Best Of Hitchcock 2
Torn Curtain
The Birds
The Trouble With Harry
Alfred Hitchcock Presents vol.1

Best Of Hitchcock 1
Rear Window
Shadow Of A Doubt
Family Plot
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Alfred Hitchcock Presents vol.2

I have pre-ordered Spellbound (Criterion) and am thinking about geting 39 Steps (Criterion) and Lady Vanishes (Criterion).

Alfred Hitchcock kicks ass! I surely hope someone releases the rest of his movies soon!!!

07-24-2002, 03:01 PM
Awesome Gusse! You sure beat me on that. I only have four of the Universal's, including the first Presents disc. I do have all the Criterion's though, and North by Northwest. I highly recommend the 39 Steps disc, as it is just as loaded as the later special editions. Lady Vanishes is a great movie, but if it's one or the other, go for the Steps.