Hitchcock Box Set

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

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The legendary Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, directed nearly 70 films and is often regarded as the greatest filmmaker of all time. This three disc collection presents some of his best early work: The Manxman, Rich and Strange, The Skin Game, Murder!, and The Ring. The five films debuted between 1927 and 1931.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 203470038
UPC 012236208600
UPC 14 00012236208600
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2012
Keywords
Compilation
Suspense
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Five lesser known films from the legendary director are collected here. ^Accompanied by an original organ score, THE MANXMAN was Hitchcock's last silent British film, marked by sharp characterization and suspense. On the Isle of Man, a lawyer and a fisherman, best friends since childhood, fall in love with the same woman--with disastrous consequences. This adaptation of a novel by Hall Craine was the last collaboration between Hitchcock and screenwriter Eliot Stannard. ^RICH AND STRANGE: A rare light romantic comedy with Hitchcockian touches, RICH AND STRANGE tells the story of a young and bored married couple (Henry Kendall and Joan Barry) who inherit some money and set off on a trip around the world, only to discover--after having their respective affairs--that money can't buy happiness. The film was based on the novel by Dale Collins, but the film has often been interpreted as containing autobiographical elements from Hitchcock's marriage to his frequent collaborator Alma Reville and their honeymoon experiences cruising the Mediterranean.^THE SKIN GAME: This early Hitchcock talkie tells the tale of old money and new money feuding over a family estate in jolly class-conscious England. THE SKIN GAME closely follows the hit London play by John Galsworthy; for the film, Hitchcock was able to elicit superb performances from his stars in this study of the English family and the English class system. The film tracks a fierce rivalry between a landowner and his immediate neighbor, complete with nasty tactics, class-based hostility, and dirty secrets that beg to be unearthed.^MURDER! is a British suspense-mystery about a jurist who believes in the innocence of a young woman accused of murder and sets out to prove his theory. Well-photographed, and characterized by quick cutting and sharp dialogue, MURDER is one of Hitchcock's rare whodunits. Based on a novel by Clemence Dane and sporting several references to HAMLET and an interior monologue, the film is a groundbreaking adaptation of a novel into an early talkie. It also features Herbert Marshall's first speaking part.^THE RING: The film, like its title, oscillates between marriage and boxing--the dramas of a boxing ring and the troubles of the heart. The story follows two fighters who are in love with the same woman. One man is a title holder, while the other is a carnival-booth fighter hired to be his boxing partner. Hitchcock's small visual touches underscore the complexities of emotions, and his symbolic use of objects (such as a snake bracelet) make this a classic silent film.
Reviews
Film Comment "The rangy, risky MURDER! and the frequently virtuosic RICH AND STRANGE are the stunners, and THE MANXMAN, THE SKIN GAME, and particularly THE RING are nothing to sneeze at." 01/01/2007 p.76
Directors
Alfred Hitchcock
Actors
Name Hitchock,Alfred
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Cast & Crew
Alfred Hitchcock - [All] Director
Anny Ondra - [Manxman] Actor
Betty Amann - [Rich] Actor
C.V. France - [Skin] Actor
Carl Brisson - [Manxman, Ring] Actor
Edmund Gwenn - [Skin] Actor
Edward Chapman - [Murder] Actor
Forrester Harvey - [Ring] Actor
Helen Haye - [Skin] Actor
Henry Kendall - [Rich] Actor
Herbert Marshall - [Murder] Actor
Ian Hunter - [Ring] Actor
Jill Esmond - [Skin] Actor
Joan Barry - [Rich] Actor
Lillian Hall-Davis - [Ring] Actor
Malcolm Keen - [Manxman] Actor
Norah Baring - [Murder] Actor
Percy Marmont - [Rich] Actor
Phyllis Konstam - [Murder] Actor
Randle Ayrton - [Manxman] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 20860
UPC 00012236208600
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 441 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource 411Mania.com
Review [Skin] Although Hitchcock once admitted he considered this the low point of his career, "The Skin Game" has a lot going for it. Perhaps Hitchcock was more frustrated by his lack of control than by his lack of inspiration..."The Skin Game" is notable for two camera techniques. The first is in the hyper-competitive auction scene. Whereas in the stultifying "Juno and the Paycock" Hitchcock's camera remained static, here it jumps around, pans, zooms, and makes the scene sparkle with electricity. The second technique is one that Hitchcock would use in nearly every film that followed. After it has been revealed that Hornblower's daughter-in-law was once a courtesan, the camera pulls back to a long shot of her standing alone, isolated from the rest of the world by emotion and physical space. It's a method that Orson Welles would exploit to the hilt in "Citizen Kane."
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer J.D. Dunn
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource BFI Screen Online
Review [Murder] Like Hitchcock's debut, The Pleasure Garden (1925), and the later Stage Fright (US, 1950), Murder!'s action took place in a theatrical setting. Hitchcock was an enthusiastic theatre-goer, and one of Murder!'s most entertaining scenes takes place during the performance of a farce, when two detectives become increasingly confused as members of the cast come and go, dropping in and out of character...The film contains a number of innovations, including what some believe to be the first use of a voice-over to denote an internal monologue. This in an unusual scene in which the theatre star turned detective, Sir John, ponders the case while shaving and listening to the wireless; Hitchcock claimed that for the radio music he used a live orchestra on set, rather than a recording.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mark Duguid
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hitchock,Alfred
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Barrie Maxwell, DVD Verdict [Rich] ...an intriguing film. The story is entertaining and fully lives up to its title...
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews [Manxman] ...pleasant film that has some of the Master's later touches...
Gary W. Tooze, DVDBeaver.com [Murder] Hitchcock uses sound imaginatively...
J.D. Dunn, 411Mania.com [Ring] ...Hitchcock eschews women's liberation for misogyny and drama.
Mark Duguid, BFI Screen Online [Skin] ...powerful and convincing portrayal of industrial encroachment on the rural gentry...

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