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Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection (R2) in November

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection for 1st November 2004. Included are six Hitchcock classics, four available for the first time on DVD in the UK and one an all-new Special Edition Double Disc set. Strangers On A Train Special Edition, Dial M For Murder, The Wrong Man, North By Northwest, I Confess and Stage Fright make up the signature collection box set priced at £59.99 while the Strangers On A Train Special Edition will also be available separately priced at £19.99.

Strangers On A Train Special Edition (1951) - This special edition two-disc release stars Farley Granger as Guy Haines, a man accused of killing his wife after meeting with a stranger on a train, played by Robert Walker, who tries to pull him into a murderous scheme.

Special Features:

  • B/W, 97 mins, Audio: Mono, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Stefano, Andrew Wilson and More
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strangers on a Train Preview Version (102:55 mins)
  • Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock Classic (37 mins)
  • Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V. (7 mins)
  • Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan (12 mins)
  • The Hitchcocks on Hitch (11 mins)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Historical Meeting [1951 Archival Newsreel] (1:04 mins)
Stage Fright (1950) - Only one of two films Hitchcock made in the U.K. after moving to America, Jane Wyman and Marlene Dietrich star in this suspense-laden thriller, centering around the London theatre district and a murder involving a famous stage star (Dietrich).

Features:
  • B/W, 105 mins, Audio: Mono, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Hitchcock and Stage Fright (20 mins)
I Confess (1953) - Starring Montgomery Clift, this is the story of a priest who hears the confession of a gardener who committed murder. When the police begin to suspect the priest of the murder, he is trapped in a devastating predicament as he knows the identity of the murderer, but he cannot reveal who it is as he received this information under privileged circumstances. Also starring Anne Baxter as the priest's old girlfriend and Karl Malden as the cop who suspects the priest.

Features:
  • B/W, 91 mins, Audio: Mono, Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Hitchcock's Confession: A Look at I Confess (23 mins)
  • Gala Canadian Premiere for I Confess (1 min)
Dial M For Murder (1954) - Starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings, this film tells the tale of a husband (Milland) whom, angered by his wife's (Kelly) affair and in desperate need of money, blackmails an acquaintance to murder her. However, his plan needs to be revised when his wife kills her attacker instead.

Features:
  • Colour, 101 mins, Audio: Mono, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Hitchcock and Dial M (23 mins)
  • 3D: A Brief History (5 mins)
The Wrong Man (1956) - In this true story, Henry Fonda stars as New York musician Manny Ballestero, who is mistaken for a robber when he goes to a local insurance office to borrow money "against his wife's policy for her much needed dental treatment."

Features:
  • B/W, 101 mins, Audio: Mono, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Guilt Trip: Hitchcock and The Wrong Man (20 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer
North By Northwest (1959) - Quintessential Hitchcock comedy-thriller, with Middle-aged Madison Avenue advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) who is bewildered when he is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. He gets involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies headed by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) and the police (who think he's an assassin) whilst being helped by the beautiful Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint).

Contains one memorable scene after another including the now legendary crop-dusting and Mount Rushmore sequences - one of the all-time great entertainments. A witty script by Ernest Lehman and exciting score by Bernard Herrmann complete the perfect thriller.

Features:
  • Colour, 131 mins, Audio: 5.1 & Mono, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest (39 mins)
  • Feature-length audio commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • TV Spot & Trailer
  • Production Stills Gallery

Last updated: 19/04/2018 11:57:38

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