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Format: DVD
Sku: 203470038
UPC: 012236208600
UPC 14: 00012236208600
Category Keywords: Compilation  Suspense  Thriller
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The Early Years of the Master of Suspense.
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.

"[Rich] intriguing film. The story is entertaining and fully lives up to its title...  Barrie Maxwell, DVD Verdict
"[Manxman] ...pleasant film that has some of the Master's later touches...  Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Murder] Hitchcock uses sound imaginatively...  Gary W. Tooze,
"[Ring] ...Hitchcock eschews women's liberation for misogyny and drama.  J.D. Dunn,
"[Skin] ...powerful and convincing portrayal of industrial encroachment on the rural gentry...  Mark Duguid, BFI Screen Online

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/14/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 441 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20860
Video UPC UPC: 00012236208600
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anny Ondra
Video Cast Info Betty Amann
Video Cast Info C.V. France
Video Cast Info Carl Brisson
Video Cast Info Edmund Gwenn
Video Cast Info Edward Chapman
Video Cast Info Forrester Harvey
Video Cast Info Helen Haye
Video Cast Info Henry Kendall
Video Cast Info Herbert Marshall
Video Cast Info Ian Hunter
Video Cast Info Jill Esmond
Video Cast Info Joan Barry
Video Cast Info Lillian Hall-Davis
Video Cast Info Malcolm Keen
Video Cast Info Norah Baring
Video Cast Info Percy Marmont
Video Cast Info Phyllis Konstam
Video Cast Info Randle Ayrton
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - [All] Director

Professional 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 7 of 10
[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." - J.D. Dunn

BFI Screen Online 8 of 10
[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. - Mark Duguid

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hitchock,Alfred
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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