Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS to get Criterion treatment in June

The Criterion Collection will be releasing Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, on Blu-ray and DVD, on June 26th.

The 39 Steps is a heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, following Richard Hannay (Oscar winner Robert Donat), who stumbles into a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an expected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films.

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary by Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane
Hitchcock: The Early Years (2000), a British documentary covering Hitchcock’s prewar career
Original footage from British broadcaster Mike Scott’s 1966 television interview with Hitchcock
Complete broadcast of the 1937 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, performed by Ida Lupino and Robert Montgomery
Visual essay by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
Excerpts from François Truffaut’s 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock
Original production design drawings
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Cairns

MSRP on the DVD is $29.95, while the Blu-ray is $39.95.