Hitchcock Collection: Version Overview
A new Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray box has hit the shelves in the US (October 30th, 2012) and will be available in the UK on November 12th, 2012. It includes the most famous films of the director. The British box contains 14 films while the US release has one more, namely North by Northwest. Here, Warner Bros. holds the rights and not Universal, but it seems that at least in America they could settle on an agreement (e.g. Warner got Spartacus for its Kubrick box in return).
But the box doesn't just look fancy but also brings an excellent variety of features such as audio commentaries and making of featurettes to the table. However, many bonus materials were on board of earlier DVD editions.
The titles of the collection:
Some titles require a short look:
Unfortunately, Psycho will only be included as the censored version that has been released on all DVDs and Blu-rays since the re-release. Earlier, the German TV had the uncut version that was also shown at the premiere in the US. On DVD and Blu-ray, the re-release version is included since Universal obviously used it for the restauration. Details regarding the cuts can be found in this comparison. In the UK, it was rated X in 1960 and cut to get that rating. Later on, the uncut version was rated BBFC 15 without any problems.
Frenzy had to be cut in the UK to get a BBFC 18 classification. 19 seconds worth of material were censored for this cause. The release in theaters and on VHS was affected by that. In 2001, these cuts were waived by the BBFC and UK customers can expect the uncut version in the upcoming collection.
Topas exists in two cuts. One version has a runtime of approx. 2 hours and the other is almost 20 minutes longer and is often called Director's Cut. It can be expected that the UK and US will get this prolonged version on Blu-ray.
Release: Oct 31, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey
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