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Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection (Lifeboat / Spellbound / Notorious / The Paradine Case / Sabotage / Young and Innocent / Rebecca / The Lodger)
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Bonus Features: Disc 1: The Lifeboat

Disc 2: Young and Innocent **Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello and Bill Krohn **Isolated Music and Effects Track **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Francois Truffant Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Trailers **Still Galleries

Disc 3: The Lodger **Commentary with film Historian Patrick McGilligan **Featurette The Sound of Silence: The making of The Lodger, Hitchcock 101 **1940 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Francois Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Trailers **Still Gallery

Disc 4: Notorious Disc 5: Rebecca CE

Disc 6: Sabatoge **Commentary with film Historian Leonard Leff **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Still Gallery **Trailer Farm

Disc 7: Spellbound

Disc 8: The Paradine Case **Commentary with film Historians Stephen Rebello and Bill Krohn **Isolated Music and Effects Track **1949 Radio Play starring Joseph Cotton **Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock **Restoration Comparison **Theatrical Trailer **Still Gallery **Trailer Farm

Episode Description: Disc 1: The Lifeboat Disc 2: Young and Innocent Disc 3: The Lodger Disc 4: Notorious Disc 5: Rebecca CE Disc 6: Sabatoge Disc 7: Spellbound Disc 8: The Paradine Case

Customer Reviews:

  • I got an email response from company
    i sent an email to the company (FOX) and this was their response:

    At this time our corporate office is aware of this issue they will be looking into the matter in regards this set. We do not have a time or date when this issue will be resolved. You may check back in the near future for any further information on this box set.



    Thank you,

    Fox Consumer
    ...more info
  • Outstanding in Everyway But One
    The pictorial quality and extras of this Alfred Hitchcock set are outstanding. It's a joy to have pristine copies of THE LODGER, SABOTAGE and YOUNG AND INNOCENT, which are generally seen only on poor public domain copies. As has been stated over and over the problem is with the tight wrap around the booklet that holds the dics and contains very nice notes on each film. The shrink wrap is too tight and can cause damage to the enclosed dvds. MGM/Fox have now released the titles in this set as individual discs and I would recomend purchasing them that way. Other than the wrapping problem I love the set and the creative packaging. I would give this set a FIVE STAR rating if it were not for the packaging problem....more info
  • Essential Hitchcock Collection!!
    If you own Universal's Masterpiece Collection and Warner Brothers' Signature Collection, then you'll need this set for your Hitchcock DVD collection. Also of great quality is the early film box called 'Alfred Hitchcock Box Set'(of course there are 52 available of his 53 total feature films to collect - but, you'd have 36 of them in great quality)There are also many, many other box sets out there for sale cheap that have his early films in public domain crappy 16mm prints. Avoid these if you can afford to-they suck!

    Most collectors probably already have the grossly expensive but quality Criterion releases of Rebecca, Notorious and Spellbound. These have been OOP for years and are still available if you want to spend the cash. Rebecca alone usually cost more than this whole set. The other titles have been around on DVD's in various qualities, some much better than others.

    I usually would not be reviewing something I have yet to see to compare the quality. However, I feel safe in guessing that since this is a major studio release and judging by the bonus features and length of time it took to get this set out, it should be the definitive source for U.S. customers. I will update this review once I have looked at the films to compare picture and sound quality.

    ***UPDATE***

    Now that I have it in hand, here's my initial thoughts. The packaging is very nice indeed. It's a bit taller than regular DVD cases, and sticks out a couple inches past normal on the width. It's really cool, though, see the other reviews on box design, etc. I did notice some minor scratches on a couple discs when I took them out. Be very careful and lift the cardboard slightly as you slide them out, or put them in seperate cases.

    I have compared picture quality with some Criterion and Region 2 box copies I have. Every title is as good or better looking than anything I've seen before. Especially the earlier titles. The Lodger is really nicely restored, slowed down, and has 2 music scores. Sabotage and Young & Innocent look great, too. Lifeboat is the same as the Fox stand alone version. The 4 Selznick titles look sharp and have most of the bonus features of Criterion issues, plus some new ones.

    Bottom line: For about $10 per title, it's a no-brainer. For the true fan it is a must buy, in my opinion.
    ...more info
  • Awesome collection
    This is one heavy box set with 8 classic movies from Alfred Hitchcock, beautifully packed.

    The packing is quite different from the normal box sets with the DVDs cased in a spiral bound Photo Album type hard cover book with picture of Hitchcock on it. The outer case is made of thick transparent plastic with very nice art work on it. The outer case looks very heavy and good quality plastic. It is designed in a way that the art work on the album cover is visible through the transparent case.

    All the DVDs are placed inside the book. Each movie includes 6 pages of printed materiel followed by a page with the DVD tucked in. It is a really awesome pack to have. The only concern is that the dimensions of the box is bigger then the standard DVD case and it won't fit in my DVD rack and I have to store it separately.Also removing and placing the DVDs back into their 'slots' is not so friendly compared to the regular DVD cases.

    The transfer is really amazing. I think the picture quality of Rebecca, Notorious and Spellbound DVDs are better then or equal to the previous Criterion Collection editions. I am very much satisfied with the quality of other movies also, considering the period they were made. 'The Lodger' has mostly a blue or red tint on it but the picture is very sharp. I have not seen any other editions of this movie hence cannot compare.

    All DVD comes with enough special features. Also the information and pictures in the printed materials are very interesting.Most of the DVDs have 'Restoration Comparison' and 'Still Gallery'. All DVDs have English, Spanish and French subtitles. Video in 1:33 format with mono audio. Apart from this following are the special features on each disk.

    The Lodger(1927):
    Commentary with Hitchcock author Patrick McGilligan
    The Sound of Silence: the Making of The Lodger
    Music Scores by Ashley Irvin(1999) and Paula Zaza(1997)
    Hitchcock Interviews
    Subtitles : Spanish and French

    Sabotage(1940):
    Commentary with film historian Leonard Leff
    Peter Bogdanovich Hitchcock Interview


    Young and Innocent(1937):
    Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello and Bill Krohn
    Isolate Music and effects track
    Hitchcock Interviews

    Rebecca(1940):
    Commentary with film historian Richard Schickel
    Isolate Music and effects track
    Hitchcock Interviews
    The Making of Rebecca Featurette
    The Gothic World of Daphne Du Maurier Featurette
    Original 1938 Radio Play Starring Orson Welles
    1941 Radio Play Presented by Cecil B. DeMille
    1950 Radio Play with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

    Lifeboat(1944):
    The Making of Lifeboat Featurette

    Spellbound(1945):
    Commentary with film historians Thomas Schatz and Charles Ramirez Berg
    Dreaming with Scissors Featurette
    Guilt by Asociation Featurette
    A Cinderlla Story Featurette
    1948 Radio Play directed by Hitchcock
    Theatrical Trailer

    Notorious(1946):
    Commentary with film historians Rick Jewell and Drew Casper
    Isolated Music and Effects Track
    The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious Featurette
    Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster Featurette
    AFI Tribute to Hitchcock
    1948 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Audio Interview: Francois Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
    Theatrical Trailer

    The Paradine Case(1947):
    Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
    Isolated Music and Effects Track
    1949 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock

    This is a box set all movie collectors must have in their racks. Highly recommended....more info
  • Great Set!
    I won't review the movies as that has been done quite well by others. Like the reviewer before me who also just got the set, my copy of discs (arrived 2/20/09) are fine; no problem whatsoever. We'll see if other people report no problems with the latest copies. I'm using a Toshiba HD-XA2 DVD player. Also, while the cardboard holders were not a stellar idea, I like the book as a whole and haven't scuffed any discs taking them VERY CAREFULLY in and out of their holder. Very pleased, especially given the gold box half-price sale of $42....more info
  • Could be better; could be way worse
    I bought this from a Gold Box offer on Feb. 19; it arrived the next day (Prime 2-day=1 day). Warned by all the negative reviews, I immediately played all the discs all the way through. The good news: They all play, and my player (an Arcam) is a bit finicky. The (sort of) bad news: Three of them vibrate noisily for the first half of the movie. So I guess I got lucky.

    I didn't actually watch the movies all the way through, but the transfer quality that I saw for all of the movies was first-rate.

    The conclusion: For $40 and change, this is a good deal. Otherwise, if I were you I'd wait for a reissue, after they deal with the quality-control issues....more info
  • design and quality-control issues
    What a shame that MGM spoiled such a beautiful collection of remastered and restored films -- replete with wonderful extras -- by lack of care.

    Start with the packaging. While the box is interestingly - even cleverly - designed, the plastic slipcase is prone to damage and cracking. I received one with an entire corner missing, making the jagged edges truly Hitchcockian in their inherent danger. I don't mind, as others seem to, the cardboard slipsleeves that hold the discs. Not the best, maybe, but also not serious enough for all the hysteria. Slip the disc in lightly, just enough to hold it in place, and all is well.

    Strangely, considering all the interesting tidbits included about each film in the 'notebook', none of the actual film credits (cast, duration, etc.) appear anywhere. This basic information can only be found on the removable sheet which surrounds the plastic slipcase. What are they smoking at MGM?

    I, too, have had disc problems on two sets. They may freeze, jump to another chapter, cause player to make noise, or have difficulty loading in. As I have four different players, I was able to find one to overcome these errors. But this is a serious problem for anyone with a single player. What is surprising is that the price remains so high, even on used sets.

    Although seems almost incidental with all the problems, the film transfers are uniformly beautiful and the commentaries are informative, entertaining, and apt. The Lodger is probably the most beautiful silent film issued on DVD, with full orchestral score and near-pristine transfer. Amazing. Perhaps that is why I, and others, keep trying to get a perfect set. I second the motion that MGM re-issue a clean set, make amends to previous purchasers, and restore the reputation that these films - and the care which went into their restoration - warrant. ...more info
  • Great transfers, Wonderful films, Defective discs
    I bought this set back in October and ran into the same quality problem so many others have experienced. However all eight discs played fine on my Toshiba HD-A35, albeit some were a bit noisy. (Rebecca being the worst) Since they did play, I did not return them fearing I would get a set that was worse. I recently set up my old Liteon region free player to take the workload off of the Toshiba, as the vast majority of my viewing is in SD. I have been watching the reviews here and decided to take another look at these discs on my Liteon player. The vibration was tremendous on Rebecca and it refused to play. Notorious was almost as bad as it would spin up freeze, spin down and back up again, freeze again, stop, start, etc. About 4 of the 8 discs have no problems; the others do with varying degrees. My curiosity was up, so I had to experiment. I was able to rip all eight to my hard drive with no problem. This is a good test of the data. I made a copy of the worst one, Rebecca, on a DVD+R DL disc and tried it out on the Liteon. It played perfectly, nice and quiet. This tells me there is no problem with the data on the disc. I know some have commented on the funny look of some of the discs, and think that it is due to de-lamination from warpage, and therefore gives read errors. Mine also look like that but I have seen this on other discs of mine that were packaged properly in standard cased. They have never given me a problem. The next step was to open up my Liteon and see just what was going on. I put Rebecca on the spindle with the magnetic clamp on top and slowly spun the disc. With an eye loupe I could see no indication of warpage, but did notice that the two layers of Polycarbonate that sandwich together to make the disc were not exactly lined up. There was a bit of adhesive on the edges also that was not consistent. I did the same inspection with the DVD-R DL that I made, and the difference was amazing. The edge looked like a perfectly machined surface with the slightest hint of adhesive. The telltale test was actually starting up the disc to play. The vibration and out of round blur of the center of the spindle was tremendous. It was obvious that the disc was grossly out of balance. The disc has to spin faster when playing the beginning of the movie since that data is in the innermost part of the disc. DVDs play from the inside to the outside on the first layer, and from the outside back in for the second layer. The menus, studio logos, and FBI warnings are stored after the main movie, and end up about in the middle of the disc depending on move length. When I play Rebecca on my Toshiba, the noise doesn't start until the main movie starts, and as the movie progresses, the disc spin slower and the vibration slowly dissipates. The menu, logo, and FBI warning play silently. If the problem was warpage as some have speculated, the movie should play better at the beginning, and slowly get worse as the laser travels farther out, where the warpage would increase at the edge of the disc. To prove my theory, I took a piece of an Avery label with a couple of layers of copper foil for weight and attached it to Rebecca's topside. After testing in several spots I found the right place and Rebecca played just fine, with no noise or vibration, on my Liteon player! This is of course not a solution, but merely a demonstration of the actual problem with these discs. The discs are obviously defective. It is a sad state when I can go through hundreds of DVD+R's at about 25 cents each and never see a problem like this, and spend $10 or more, each, for a classic movie, and get the cheapest piece of junk, made by the lowest bidder that the studio could find.

    P.S. Please don't lecture me on the legalities of the ripping and burning of this disc. As Doc Brown said in Back to the Future, "It's a science experiment". Besides I paid my money, and nowhere have I advocated or given instruction on how to circumvent any copy protection scheme. ...more info
  • YES, YES, YES!!!
    I had just started to think that it wasn't possible.

    This collection truly bridges the gap in the Hitchcock freak's DVD collection. Rebecca, Notorious, Spellbound and The Paradine Case having been out of print for a little while now, I'd gladly buy the collection just for those. Rebecca was Hitchcock's only Oscar win (best picture), and if any film of his needs to be in circulation, that's the one. Spellbound may have a little dated psycho-babble in it, but look beyond that: it's one of Hitchcock's most imaginative films, complete with a really cool dream sequence by Salvador Dali.

    Those films aren't all we get, though. The Lodger is in there (Hitch's best silent film according to many), as well as two other old classics previously only available in public domain titles, Sabotage and Young and Innocent. Then you have Lifeboat... which as of this writing is, I think, the only film of the bunch that you can buy by itself.

    All in all, a collection of Hitchcock films very much worth having. Thank you, MGM! You guys are my heroes!

    ****UPDATE*****

    I got this in the mail today, after writing one review already about how excited I was about the films in this set that weren't available... and I'm still thrilled with that. This review will focus completely on the 8-disc set itself, the transfers, and the packaging.

    I'll start with the packaging: it sucks. Big time. How manufacturers continue to produce this expensive sets and package the DVDs in cardboard sleeves is BEYOND me. I opened the set, saw the cardboard sleeves, and quickly removed the discs from the sleeves and put them in a slim case for shelving. As careful as I was... and I was VERY careful... I still ended up scratching the discs a little. I popped the discs in to check to see if, slight as the scratches were, they affected playback... and they seem to play fine. Still, I have a set that's 2 hours in my possession, and the discs are scuffed... and that bothers me.

    They made an effort at cool packaging which caused this... the discs come in a very cool spiral-bound book that has a few pages on each movie, and then you flip to where the disc sets. I admire the design, I even like the book, but it would have been better served if the movies were OUTSIDE it. In cases, maybe? Anyway.

    The transfers seem very, very good. Given a lot of these movies are probably from significantly degraded transfers, I have to applaud the restoration efforts. I've watched The Paradine Case and am now watching Young and Innocent... Paradine was practically spotless, Young and Innocent looks the same. Audio is crisp, noise and film scratches are gone. I'm impressed... this set will make a dandy replacement for the Criterion set featuring Notorious, Spellbound and Rebecca, assuming the same standards hold throughout the set.

    All in all, I'd have still bought the set, it's the only way to get a lot of these movies, and the quality is good. I really wish I'd been in the marketing meeting when they decided on the blasted cardboard sleeves, but what can ya do, ya know?...more info
  • Great Set!
    I won't review the movies as that has been done quite well by others. Like the reviewer before me who also just got the set, my copy of discs (arrived 2/20/09) are fine; no problem whatsoever. We'll see if other people report no problems with the latest copies. I'm using a Toshiba HD-XA2 DVD player. Also, while the cardboard holders were not a stellar idea, I like the book as a whole and haven't scuffed any discs taking them VERY CAREFULLY in and out of their holder. Very pleased, especially given the gold box half-price sale of $42....more info
  • No subtitles? No closed captions? Too bad
    No subtitles? No closed captions? Too bad.

    Thirty million Americans hard of hearing and this set is of no use.

    Pity!

    ...more info
  • Terrible production quality, defective discs, AVOID
    To say that I was looking forward to this set would be an understatement. I've spent a good deal of time watching the films of Alfred Hitchcock, most recently for my book, A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks With the Master of Suspense, so needless to say I'm a big fan of his work. The idea of getting gorgeous new transfers (especially of early gems like The Lodger and Young And Innocent) absolutely thrilled me.

    Once I got the set in hand, I continued to be excited. What gorgeous packaging! What a nice booklet! What a great presentation!

    And then I began to put in the discs.

    The Lodger didn't want to play in my standalone DVD player. It wouldn't even load. It just froze up the unit. I was forced to watch it on a video game console. Rebbecca was even worse. When presented with the disc my DVD player let loose with a horrible grinding sound as if the player was dying. The player WASN'T dying, of course, and continues to work fine with other DVDs. I put the disc in my video game console instead and got the same thing. An awful sound the likes of which I'd never heard it make before.

    Other discs in this set gave me the same problems. Glitchy playback. Faulty loading. Some are completely unplayable.

    What a tremendous disappointment.

    Either be prepared to go through a returns process or three until you get a decent set, or skip this entirely. This set really ought to be recalled. Sadly, I suspect that won't happen.

    And that's a shame....more info
  • Excellent collection! Highly recommended
    After reading all of the reviews here about problems with the dics and packaging, I was very hesitent to buy this set. Last week it was featured on the gold box deals for a great price I could not resist, so I bought it.

    I am very glad I did! I don't know if they made changes to the set, but my package arrived in perfect shape, no cracks or problems with the casing. The book that houses the discs is very nice and well designed. MGM did not spare expense to produce it, the printing and materials are first rate, not cheap or flimsy. I do understand the complaints about the cardboard sleeves, but they are very smooth and it would take some effort to scratch a disc. Like I said, I may have gotten revised packaging.

    I have watched Sabotage, Spellbound and Rebecca so far and have not had any problems whatsoever with the discs. The remastered transfers are fantastic, I have never seen these films looking so good and really enjoyed them.

    If you are hesitating in buying this set (like I was), my advice is to go for it. It seems that the problems have been corrected and the quality of the films is outstanding....more info
  • Great collection, horrible quality control
    I also bought these on the recent Gold Box deal on 2/19, and received them on 2/23. I opened and visually inspected all the discs right away and quickly saw some possible issues. One disc (Notorious) had obvious discoloration / cloudiness on the outer half of the disc, and several others either appeared scuffed or had some sort of tiny abrasions on them. I popped the discs with more obvious problems into my computer and let AnyDVD scan them. I was disappointed to see the scan fail with the message that the DVD is dirty or damaged. I had this happen with another DVD (Lifeboat) at which point I stopped, requested a replacement through Amazon, and packaged everything back up.

    Two days later I got the replacement set. Sadly, things were a bit worse. Now multiple discs had visible signs of discoloration and others had what I can only describe as micro-fractures - they look like small scratches but are not on the surface. Three of the first four discs I scanned in my computer came up as damaged (including Notorious and Spellbound). I am returning this set as well, but was not offered a replacement, just a refund.

    For those of you that got problem-free sets, enjoy them. I was really hoping to complete my Hitchcock collection but will not be able to because of the extremely poor quality of manufacturing and/or packaging. If it helps, I live in the upstate NY area. Perhaps other areas of the country are receiving better quality shipments from different locations ... but if you're near me, watch out!...more info
  • Collection of Hitchcock films largely unavailable
    With hours of all-new special features including audio commentaries, featurettes, screen tests, still galleries, vintage radio interviews, an AFI Tribute to Hitchcock and more, the DVD collection also includes a 32-page notebook with trivia, and production notes. Rebecca, Spellbound and Notorious will also be available as single discs. The following is the press release for the set:

    Lifeboat (1944)
    After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat, among them a glamorous journalist , a tough seaman, a nurse and an injured sailor. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger - the German captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With its powerful interplay of suspense and emotion, this legendary classic is a microcosm of humanity, revealing the subtleties of man's strengths and frailties under extraordinary duress. Nominated for three Academy Awards, Alfred Hitchcock's World War II drama, is a remarkable story of human survival.
    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary by Film Professor Drew Casper
    The Making of Lifeboat
    Still Gallery


    Young and Innocent (1937)
    In this witty, suspense thriller a police chief's daughter helps a fugitive accused of murder prove his innocence.

    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
    Isolated Music and Effects Track
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Audio Interview: Francois Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
    Restoration Comparision


    The Lodger (1927)
    One of the best silent films still in existence has no extra features? I know it was previously only available in the public domain, so believe me, I'm thankful, but nothing?
    Story synopsis: A serial killer is seeking blonde girls as his victims in London. A strange lodger moves into a rented room. The man goes out on foggy nights, keeps a photo of an unidentified blonde girl in his room, and flirts with the landlady's daughter, Daisy, who just happens to be blonde. Daisy's boyfriend is a police detective, and jealousy arouses his suspicion more than it might normally be stirred.

    Notorious (1946)
    Daughter of an accused World War II traitor, Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted to entrap one of her father's colleagues in Brazil, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains). Her American contact, secret agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) is openly contemptuous of Alicia and instructs her to wed Sebastian. It is only after she is wed that Devlin lets himself admit that he's fallen in love with her.

    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary with film historian Rick Jewell
    Commentary with film historian Drew Casper
    Isolated Music and Effects Track
    The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious Featurette
    Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster Featurette
    AFI Tribute to Hitchcock
    1948 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Audio Interview: Francois Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
    Restoration Comparision
    Still Gallery
    PLUS: A 4-Page Booklet


    Rebecca (1940)
    A young woman marries a fascinating older widower only to discover that she must live in the shadows of his first wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years before.

    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
    Screen tests
    Making of Rebecca Featurette
    The Gothic World of Daphne Du Maurier Featurette
    Original 1938 Radio Play Starring Orson Welles
    1941 Radio Play Presented by Cecil B. DeMille
    1950 Radio Play with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Audio Interview: Fran?ois Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
    PLUS: A Four-page booklet


    Sabotoge (1936)
    A woman learns that her movie theater manager husband is actually a foreign agent when a device he has made kills her brother. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel, The Secret Agent.

    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary with film historian Leonard Leff
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Restoration Comparision

    Spellbound (1945)
    When John Ballantine (Gregory Peck), the new director of a mental institution arrives on the job, the staff is concerned. He seems too young for the position and his answers to their questions are vague and detached. Dr. Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), while knowing he is an impostor with emotional issues, nevertheless falls in love with him. Turning to her mentor, Dr. Alex Brulov (Michael Checkhov) and the use of psychoanalysis she tries to get to the root of Ballantine's emotional problems.

    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary with film historians Thomas Schatz & Charles Ramirez Berg
    Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound Featurette
    A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming Featurette
    Dreaming with Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dali Featurette
    1948 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Audio Interview: Film Historian Rudy Belhemer Interviews Composer
    Still Gallery
    PLUS: A Four-page booklet


    The Paradine Case (1947)
    Beautiful Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is accused of poisoning her older wealthy husband. Her lawyer, the happily married Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes the case but also lets his heart rule his head when he falls hard for his client.

    BONUS FEATURES
    Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
    Isolated Music and Effects Track
    1949 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton
    Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
    Restoration Comparision

    All of these films have either been in the public domain, gone out of print entirely, or been available only as expensive individual entries in the Criterion collection. It is good to have them all together at an affordable price and loaded with extras....more info
  • Disks OK, or did I just get lucky?
    This is a review based on the presentation and not movie content. I just received my set from the Gold Box Deal several days ago. All my disks play with no problem. I skipped chapters throughout each disk and played several chapters and they all seem OK. I can note that on several occassions my audio defaulted to different tracks- either the audio commentary track or the sound track (with no dialog), etc. So, if you experience any audio problems- try changing your DVD audio settings. I have an incredibly cheap Memorex DVD upconvert to HDMI player. I sort of like the "book" format. The trivia and other details are a nice touch-at least for an amateur cinema buff. I've already inserted the disks into sleeve protectors. It is unfortunate that disk detail information is only on the "disposable" cardboard sleeve. This defeats the "bound book format" for storage. This, and not having sleeve protectors, are the only reason I've given this produck a 4 out of 5....more info
  • Excellent collection! Highly recommended
    After reading all of the reviews here about problems with the dics and packaging, I was very hesitent to buy this set. Last week it was featured on the gold box deals for a great price I could not resist, so I bought it.

    I am very glad I did! I don't know if they made changes to the set, but my package arrived in perfect shape, no cracks or problems with the casing. The book that houses the discs is very nice and well designed. MGM did not spare expense to produce it, the printing and materials are first rate, not cheap or flimsy. I do understand the complaints about the cardboard sleeves, but they are very smooth and it would take some effort to scratch a disc. Like I said, I may have gotten revised packaging.

    I have watched Sabotage, Spellbound and Rebecca so far and have not had any problems whatsoever with the discs. The remastered transfers are fantastic, I have never seen these films looking so good and really enjoyed them.

    If you are hesitating in buying this set (like I was), my advice is to go for it. It seems that the problems have been corrected and the quality of the films is outstanding....more info