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).
On this day in 1977, COLUMBIA PICTURES released CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Directed by STEVEN SPEILBERG from his own script, this epic sci-fi adventure starred RICHARD DREYFUSS, TERI GAAR, BOB BALABAN and FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT. Considered by many to be one of the science fiction genre’s greatest films. SPEILBERG at his best!