DVD Info: MGM to release collection of remastered Hitchcock films.

MGM/Fox Home Entertainment has announced the release of Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection on October 114th.

The set will feature two of my favorite Hitchcock films in Spellbound and Notorious, as well as Oscar-winner Rebecca, Sabotage, Lifeboat, The Lodger, Young and Innocent, and The Paradine Case.

As I said, Notorious and Spellbound are two of my favs. I was lucky enough to see them in a theater. In the early 80s, the Orpheum in downtown St. Paul reopened, showing double feature classic films. In hindsight, I would have camped out for a month so I could have seen other greats like The African Queen, but such is life.

I have to say I am pretty jacked for this set, as it contains some damn fine films.

Rebecca: A young woman marries a fascinating older widower only to discover that she must live in the shadows of his first wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years before.

Extras:
Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
Screen tests
Making of Rebecca Featurette
The Gothic World of Daphne Du Maurier Featurette
Original 1938 Radio Play Starring Orson Welles
1941 Radio Play Presented by Cecil B. DeMille
1950 Radio Play with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
Four-page booklet

The Lodger: Not long after a mysterious young “medical scientist” named Slade (Laird Cregar) rents a flat in the heart of London’s Whitechapel district, a series of brutal murders begins. But despite the fact that the murder victims are all female stage performers, the landlord’s niece Kitty (Merle Oberon), an ingénue, is unphased by the crimes – or by the unusual, brooding man in her family’s midst. As Kitty coquettishly interacts with a Scotland Yard detective (George Sanders), she becomes Slade’s object of obsession in this pulse-pounding thriller.

Extras:
1999 Score by Ashley Irwin presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround
1997 Score by Paul Zaza presented in Mono
Commentary with film historian Patrick McGilligan
The Sound of Silence: The Making of The Lodger Featurette
Hitchcock 101 Featurette
1940 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
Restoration Comparison

The Paradine Case: Beautiful Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is accused of poisoning her older wealthy husband. Her barrister, the happily married Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes the case but also lets his heart rule his head when he falls hard for his client.

Extras:
Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
Isolated Music and Effects Track
1949 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Restoration Comparison
Still Galleries

Spellbound: When John Ballantine (Gregory Peck), the new director of a mental asylum arrives on the job, the staff is concerned. He seems too young for the position and his answers to their questions are vague and detached. Dr. Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), while knowing he is an impostor with emotional issues, nevertheless falls in love with him. Turning to her mentor, Dr. Alex Brulov (Michael Checkhov) and the use of psychoanalysis she tries to get to the root of Ballantine’s emotional problems.

Extras:
Commentary with film historians Thomas Schatz & Charles Ramirez Berg
Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound Featurette
A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming Featurette
Dreaming with Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dali Featurette
1948 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Audio Interview: Film Historian Rudy Belhemer Interviews Composer Miklós Rózsa
Still Gallery
4-Page Booklet

Notorious: Daughter of an accused World War II traitor, Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted to entrap one of her father’s colleagues in Brazil, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Raines). Her American contact, secret agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) is openly contemptuous of Alicia and instructs her to wed Sebastian. It is only after she is wed that Devlin lets himself admit that he’s fallen in love with her.

Extras:
Commentary with film historian Rick Jewell
Commentary with film historian Drew Casper
Isolated Music and Effects Track
The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious Featurette
Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster Featurette
AFI Tribute to Hitchcock
1948 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
Restoration Comparison
Still Gallery
4-Page Booklet

Young and Innocent: In this witty, suspense thriller a police chief’s daughter helps a fugitive accused of murder prove his innocence.

Extras:
Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
Isolated Music and Effects Track
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
Restoration Comparison
Still Gallery

Sabotage: A woman learns that her movie theater manager husband is actually a foreign agent when a bomb he has made kills her brother. Based on Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent.

Extras:
Commentary with film historian Leonard Leff
Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
Restoration Comparison
Still Gallery

Lifeboat: After Germans sink their ship in the Atlantic; eight people are stranded in a lifeboat. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger – the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With powerful suspense and emotion, this legendary classic reveals the strengths and frailties of individuals under extraordinary duress.

Extras:
Commentary by University of Southern California School of Cinema & Television Hitchcock professor and film critic, Drew Casper
“The Making of Lifeboat” featurette
The original theatrical trailer
Still gallery featuring photographs from the set

The set boasts hours of all-new special features including audio commentaries, featurettes, screen tests, still galleries, vintage radio interviews, an AFI Tribute to Hitchcock and more, the DVD collection also includes a 32-page notebook with trivia, production notes and more about the legendary director. The Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection has SRP of $119.98

Rebecca, Spellbound and Notorious will also be available individually for $19.98 each.