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The 4K upgrade to these movies are a remarkable transformation, almost like new films and a worthwhile leap from the standard Blu-ray . VERTIGO,REAR WINDOW , PSYCHO and THE BIRDS are stunning. Here we are some sixty plus years later still talking about Hitchcock’s mastery and the influence he made on the genre . An absolute must for serious fans from the Grandmaster of suspense and true collectors items
Despite Universal's amazing recent track record of 4k releases like Jaws and Spartacus, I was still sceptical about buying the Alfred Hitchcock collection on 4k. I also read a lot of comments online from people who had decided to wait for reviews before making a purchase. All i can say is, im glad i didnt wait! You can safely throw your standard blu rays away as this is now the only way to watch these films. Vertigo is my favourite Hitchcock movie and when this disc played for the first time in my player, the picture quality gave me a lump in my throat. It is that good! Its beautiful. It was like watching it for the first time. When the credits first roll up on Rear Window, my first thoughts were that it was going to be a depressing dud but as soon as the actual film starts its another cracker. A definite step up from the previous blu rays and the colour rendering is eye watering. There is definitely an uptick in picture quality with Psycho as well but it is not as apparent as the first two i mentioned. I have Its A Wonderful Life on 4k and that picture quality is better than what is represented here with Psycho. Thats not to say that Psycho isnt fabulous, it is, its an absolute cracker but there are better looking black and white films on 4k. I am not a serious expert reviewer and i dont calibrate my tv or anything like that, this is just my humble opinion for whats its worth. The final disc is The Birds and this one, whilst being a no brainer of a purchase and better than any other release of this movie, it does have its issues. The issues are obviously inherent to the original photography and not the restorations. Tippie Hedren's face for example, does appear to have a haze over it in a lot of scenes. Some scenes have that beautiful 4k-ness to them but the 4k does show up the primitive effects of the time and does diminish the smooth experience from time to time. Despite this, The Birds is still an amazing rendering on 4k, a definite step up and the only way to watch the film going forward.
I would strongly recommend this 4k collection to everybody, whether you are a Hitchcock fan or not. If you are not a Hitchcock fan, what an amazing way to introduce yourself to the genius of this man's movies. I would love to discover these movies for the first time on this format. If you are already a Hitchcock fan through and through like me, please be prepared. There maybe tears. To see the love and care that the studios have shown these films is so heart warming. Watching Vertigo is like having cattaracts removed and seeing the love of your life again after twenty years.
Those who are waiting for reviews of this collection, you are wasting precious time with your beloved films. Buy now, you wont be disappointed.
I've already got these gems in blu and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have them on 4k blu ray. Sadly, The Birds and Rear Window have the worst picture quality I've seen on 4k blu ray. Vertigo looks sublime and psycho is a black and white movie. I don't see the point of having black and white films on this format So what is the problem with the birds and rear window? The colours are totally unnatural. They are inconsistent and blurred at times. Little effort has been made with the transfer to 4k blu ray. If you already have these films on blu ray then avoid this box set. Its just not worth bothering with. I'm giving three stars just because of vertigo. Without that beautiful looking film I'd struggle to give one star A very disappointing boxset that's best avoided.
The new 4K UHD versions of these movies have left me breathless. There is so much detail and texture, so much naturality in colors, beautiful celluloid grain...they are much, much better than the normal blu-ray editions. Of course, people who dislike celluloid grain and prefer digital alterations will not be happy with this, but those who love cinema as it was originally projected in theaters will love it. Sound is spectacular too.
Anyone who hasnt seen the genius behind the legendary Alfred Hitchcock's films should at least give them a try. This set includes 4 of his masterpieces and best known works in a beautiful box set packed with eye catching artwork on the inside. The films themselves are restored well and graining is minimal but you have to remember each one is hovering around 60+ years old. Personally I think tiny spots of grain add to the charm of these movies but thats for you to decide. The only thing I can fault with this set is I would have liked a bigger collection maybe including Dial M For Murder, North By Northwest & Strangers On A Train. All in all if you have a 4K player and want to know why Alfred Hitchcock was called 'The Master Of Suspense' and why he is one of the best loved directors of all time or even simply upgrading your collection... Buy it and see a true genius at work.... There will never be another Alfred Hitchcock.