DVD Info: Universal announces special editions of Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo and A Touch Of Evil.

Today, Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced plans to release two-disc special editions of Hitchcock classics Psycho, Rear Window and Vertigo, as well as Orson Wells’ epic A Touch of Evil on Oct 7th.

Each of these will be a 2-disc set, with a SRP of $26.98.

This, combined with the upcoming MGM Hitchcock collection, means hours of cimematic bliss in the Lynch household this fall.


Psycho: The film that made folks afraid to take showers. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch, Psycho may well be Hitchcock’s best known film. Larcenous Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) picks The Bates Motel to spend the night…bad move Marion.

Disc 1: Main Feature
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English and French DD2.0 Mono
English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”)
Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
The Shower Scene
The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
The Psycho Archives
Posters and Psycho Ads
Lobby Cards
Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
Production Photographs
Production Notes
Theatrical Trailer
Re-Release Trailers

Disc 2: Extra Features
The Making of Psycho
In the Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Lamb to the Slaughter”

Rear Window: Based on a Cornell Woolrich story, photographer L. B. Jefferies (Stewart) is confined to wheelchair in his apartment. To pass the time, he uses binoculars to spy on courtyard neighbors, and, in the process, sees what he thinks is a possible murder. Grace Kelly also stars as Lisa Carol Fremont, his girlfriend.

Disc 1: Main Feature
1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English and French DD2.0 Mono
English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
Feature Commentary with John Fawell (author of “Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film”)
Production Photographs
Production Notes
Theatrical Trailer
Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart

Disc 2: Extra Features
Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Mr. Blanchard’s Secret”

Vertigo: Retired Det. John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson (Steward),who has a fear of heights, is hired by old school chum Gavin Elster in San Francisco to keep an eye on his wife Madeleine (KimNovak). Scottie falls in love with Madeleine and…you will have to watch to find out the rest.

Disc 1: Main Feature
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD5.1 Surround and DD2.0 Mono
English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz and Other Vertigo Participants
Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
Foreign Censorship Ending
The Vertigo Archives
Production Notes
Original Theatrical Trailer
Restoration Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: Extra Features
Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
Alfred Hitchcock Presents “The Case of Mr. Pelham”

A Touch Of Evil:An automobile is blown up as it crosses the Mexican border into the United States. Mike Vargas, a high ranking Mexican narcotics official on honeymoon with his bride Susie is drawn into the investigation because a Mexican national has been accused of the crime. The figurative and physical presence of Hank Quinlan as the 330 pound sheriff looms all over. Quinlan is a fanatic where “justice” is concerned, even if obtaining it involves planting evidence. Quinlan’s reputation for law and order enables him to bend the law without question until Vargas confronts him. From that point on, it’s a battle of wits between the two that, with an accelerating pace, rushes to a thrilling climax.”

Disc 1: Restored Version
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
Bringing Evil to Life
Evil Lost & Found
Audio Commentary featuring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Restoration Producer Rick Schmidlin
Audio Commentary featuring Restoration Producer Rick Schmidlin
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: Theatrical & Preview Versions
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
Theatrical Version: Audio Commentary featuring Writer / Filmmaker F.X. Feeny
Preview Version: Audio Commentary featuring Welles Historians Joanthan Rosenbaum and James Naremore

Also included as part of the package is a replication of Orson Welles’ legendary 58-page memo to the studio.