As if this year hasn’t bombarded us with enough major Blu-ray releases, this week brings us another highly-anticipated, expensive, multi-film box set. I hope you’ve been managing your finances in preparation.
The Master of Suspense
‘The Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection‘ contains brand new Blu-ray editions of ‘Saboteur’, ‘Shadow of a Doubt’, ‘Rope’, ‘Rear Window’, ‘The Trouble with Harry’, ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ (1956 version), ‘Vertigo’, ‘The Birds’, ‘Marnie’, ‘Torn Curtain’, ‘Topaz’, ‘Frenzy’ and ‘Family Plot’, as well as copies of the existing Blu-ray discs for ‘North by Northwest’ and ‘Psycho’. While a few of these may be lesser Hitch, there are enough genuine masterpieces in here to make this an essential purchase for any film lover. Honestly, even the lesser Hitchcock movies are pretty interesting.
As was the case a few weeks back with Universal’s Classic Monsters collection, fans looking to save some money may want to consider importing the UK version of the box set , which lacks ‘North by Northwest’ but is substantially less expensive. (As mentioned, ‘North by Northwest’ was previously released on Blu-ray anyway.) That one will be released on November 12th.
The only significant mainstream day-and-date release this week is Will Ferrell’s latest flop, the political satire ‘The Campaign‘. I think it may be time for Ferrell to take a break from movies for a few years and think about what he really wants to do with his career.
Other new titles were film festival favorites, including the time travel comedy ‘Safety Not Guaranteed‘, the magic realism rom-com ‘Ruby Sparks‘, and the horror thriller ‘Excision‘. I’ve heard good things about all of these.
Of much less interest is the belated direct-to-video sequel ‘A Christmas Story 2‘. Apparently, someone at Warner Bros. has forgotten that ‘A Christmas Story’ already had a sequel in 1994, called ‘It Runs in the Family’. That one wasn’t very good, and I don’t expect much from this either.
In time for Halloween, the Criterion Collection gives us a lovely high-def edition of Roman Polanski’s brilliant thriller ‘Rosemary’s Baby‘.
Meanwhile, Olive Films offers up Sidney Lumet’s 1962 film adaptation of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night‘, starring Katharine Hepburn.
On the TV front, Warner bundles together all five seasons of ‘Chuck‘ for a Complete Series box set, and gives us the fourth season of ‘Metalocalypse‘. BBC delivers the first season of ‘Copper‘, and Acorn digs up no less than 45 early episodes of Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot‘.
Whenever I can get some cash together, I’ll definitely import the UK version of the Hitchcock box set. I’m also down for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’. What strikes your fancy this week?