The Cohen Film Collection is focuses on spotlighting and preserving some of cinema’s most seminal works (they did wonderful work with Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn), and on May 29 they are releasing The Two of Us on Blu-ray and DVD.
Director Claude Berri is primarily known stateside for his resonant epics Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, and The Two of Us marks Berri’s directing debut. Centering on an 8-year-old Jewish boy (Alain Cohen) who forms a bond with an anti-Semitic elderly man (Michel Simon), the picture was inspired by Berri’s upbringing in wartime France. Berri was also an accomplished producer, with Milos Forman’sValmont and Jean-Jacques Annaud’sThe Lover among his credits.
The feature is presented with a new 4K restoration, and both versions come with an audio commentary with film critic Wade Major, and the 2017 rerelease trailer.
For last minute shopping looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a cinephile, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection should fit the bill.
The collection features 15 movies from the Master of Suspense, 10 episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents and three episodes from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Also included is a 58 page booklet which features interesting facts from the movies as well as 15 hours worth of special features.
During the holiday season I’ll be taking deeper dives into the collection’s special features, which includes commentary from director William Friedkin (The French Connection) on Vertigo and “Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin.” Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut interview excerpts are also interwoven throughout the collection.
Click on the media bar below to hear director Kent Jones (Hitchcock/Truffaut) cite his favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie:
What are your favorite Hitchcock movies? Or are you a bigger fan of his anthology series? Feel free to comment below!!
Hitting theaters December 4, Hitchcock/Truffautis a documentary which delves into the friendship between directors Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. An avid fan of Hitchcock’s body of work, Truffaut was a budding auteur in his own right when he interviewed the Master of Suspense for Hitchock/Truffaut, a widely praised and educational look at how Hitchcock crafted his movies. The documentary, directed by Kent Jones, contains original recordings from their meeting as well as interviews with directors David Fincher, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Linklater and Martin Scorsese.
A lifelong cinema buff and filmmaker, Jones was immediately influenced by the book. “It didn’t exactly dismantle everything and say, ‘Hey, it’s really simple, all you have to do is this,” said Jones. “But it said, ‘These are the building blocks, these are the tools.’ So it really opened my eyes in that way. I know (it had the same effect) with David Fincher and a lot of other people as well.”
In the clip below, Jones talks about how Alfred Hitchcock’s career continues to be a source of inspiration for him (he also mentions Vertigo and Notorious as two of his personal favorites).
Definitely the less substantial of this season’s two biographical portraits of the troubled filmmaker, HITCHCOCK takes a superficial look behind-the-scenes during the making of his seminal thriller PSYCHO and the misogynistic relationship he enjoyed with long suffering wife, Alma. Directed by SACHA GERVASI and based on journalist STEPHEN REBELLO’S book ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO, the cast features ANTHONY HOPKINS, HELEN MIRREN, JESSICA BIEL, TONI COLLETTE and SCARLETT JOHANSSON. Despite a sometimes laughable make-up job (think BETTE MIDLER in FOR THE BOYS), HOPKINS turns in a convincing performance as the obsessive director whose bad behavior, if around today, would probably land him in a civil court. In fact, at a press conference to promote the film, HOPKINS soft-peddled HITCHCOCK’S reputation by explaining that he had an otherwise good sense of humor. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently in theaters, HITCHCOCK steps behind the cameras to shed some light on the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of what many consider a cinematic masterpiece, PSYCHO. Directed by SACHA GERVASI and based on journalist STEPHEN REBELLO’S book ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO, the cast features ANTHONY HOPKINS, HELEN MIRREN, JESSICA BIEL, TONI COLLETTE and SCARLETT JOHANSSON. In a supporting role as actress VERA MILES, JESSICA BIEL plays her as frustrated with HITCHCOCK’S dismissal because of what he considered ingratitude and bad career choices. During a recent Manhattan press conference to promote the film, BIEL talked about how the mutual respect between actress VERA MILES and ALFRED HITCHCOCK was tempered a bit by the filmmaker’s quirky behavior. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)