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Blu-ray Review: Frenzy

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Mar 1, 2015

Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: December 3, 2013 Region: Region Free Length: 1:55:45 Video: 1080P (VC-1) Main Audio: English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz / 24-bit) Alternate Audio: French Mono DTS (48 kHz / 24-bit) Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Ratio: 1.85:1 Bitrate: 29.91 Mbps N read more

Blu-ray Review: Torn Curtain

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Feb 2, 2015

Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 1, 2013 Region: Region Free Length: 128 min Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio Alternate Audio: French Mono DTS Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Ratio: 1.85:1 Notes: This title has had a number of DVD rele read more

Blu-ray Review: Marnie

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jan 11, 2015

Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: September 03, 2013 Region: Region Free Length: 2:10:30 Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz / 24-bit) Alternate Audio: French Mono DTS (48 kHz / 24-bit) Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Ratio: 1.85:1 Bitrate: 33. read more

Blu-ray Review: Saboteur

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Dec 20, 2014

 Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: May 07, 2013 Region: Region Free Length: 109 min Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish Ratio: 1.36:1 Notes: This title has had a number of DVD releases and is also available on Bl read more

Book Review: Hitchcock’s Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Nov 10, 2014

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Release Date: September 11, 2014 “Rarely when authors talk about Hitchcock’s filmmaking team do they address the contributions of his actors. There is little or no serious attention paid to them or any in-depth study of their contributions to his films… While read more

Book Review: The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Nov 4, 2014

Publisher: Kamera Books Release Date: September 1, 2013 Those who have read Tony Lee Moral’s “Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie” will not be surprised to hear that his book about the making of The Birds stands as one of the better books about the creation of a single Hitchcock film. Moral covers read more

Blu-ray Review: The Birds

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Nov 4, 2014

Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: May 06, 2014 Region: Region A Length: 1:59:29 Video: 1080P AVC (MPEG-4) Main Audio: DTS-HD English Mono Master Audio (48kHz, 24-bit) Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish Ratio: 1.85:1 Bitrate: 29.37 Mbps Notes: This title has had a number of DVD relea read more

Blu-ray Review: Psycho

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Oct 12, 2014

The 50th Anniversary Edition of Psycho (1960) was one of the first reviews posted on this site. The exact same disc has recently been re-released with the same transfer, supplements, and artwork (minus the 50th Anniversary label). The only difference between the two releases is that the more recent read more

Offbeat Book Review: The Making of ‘Gone with the Wind’

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Oct 8, 2014

Publisher: University of Texas Press Release Date: September 1, 2014 Cinemaphiles have grown to expect certain things from “making of” texts. They expect the book to be a comprehensive account of a film’s production. They also expect a few photos to be found hidden throughout the text of the book. read more

Offbeat Blu-ray Review: Gone With the Wind – 75th Anniversary Edition

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Oct 8, 2014

Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 30, 2014 Region: Region A Length: 3:53:14 Video: 1080P (VC-1 Video) Main Audio: English Dolby TrueHD Audio (48 kHz, 16-bit) English Dolby Digital Mono Alternate Audio: French 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish Dolby Digital Mono Germ read more

Book Review: The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Sep 15, 2014

Publisher: Nai010 Publishers Release Date: April 30, 2014 “Settings, of course, come into the preliminary plan, and usually I have a fairly clear idea about them; I was an art student before I took up with films. Sometimes I even think of backgrounds first.” -Alfred Hitchcock Having wor read more

Book Review: The Alfred Hitchcock Story

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Sep 6, 2014

Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: August 19, 2008 Ken Mogg’s coffee table book is better than similar books about the director. The title might lead one to believe that the book is another biography, but it is really a tribute to the director’s film output. There are similar books about the dire read more

Book Review: Film Craft: Directing

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Aug 17, 2014

Publisher: Focal Press Release Date: June 8, 2012 The FilmCraft book series focuses on specific disciplines within the filmmaking profession using interviews from noteworthy professionals in the field. This volume by Mike Goodridge features interviews with 16 directors, and profiles of 5 other dire read more

Blu-ray Review: Vertigo

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Aug 2, 2014

Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: May 06, 2014 Region: Region Free Length: 2:08:27 Video: 1080P (VC-1) Main Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) DTS English Mono Alternate Audio: DTS French Mono DTS Spanish Mono Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish Ratio: 1.85:1 Bitr read more

Book Review: Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jul 24, 2014

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing Release Date: November 9, 2011 Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design is the first book dedicated to one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century. Saul Bass created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture. Having extend read more

Book Review: Alfred Hitchcock Interviews

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jul 18, 2014

Publisher: The University of Mississippi Press Release Date: April 15, 2003 “He is one of the most over-interviewed people imaginable…” –Janet Maslin (Boston After Dark, 1972) Janet Maslin’s statement has the ring of truth. Hitchcock had even developed a repertoire of standard answers to feed read more

Book Review: Hitchcock’s British Films

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jul 16, 2014

Publisher: Wayne State University Press (2nd Edition) Release Date: October 11, 2010 In 1977 (when this book was first published), critics tended to overlook (and even discount) the films from Alfred Hitchcock’s British period. This tendency seems especially short sighted. The formative years of any read more

Book Review: Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jul 9, 2014

Publisher: University of Illinois Press Release Date: October 1, 2011 Nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Best Critical/Biographical, 2012. Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick’s Scripting Hitchcock explores the collaborative process between read more

Book Review: Hitchcock’s Ear

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jul 5, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic Release Date: March 22, 2012 Expectation has a way of painting shadows upon a text that can easily doom the reader’s enjoyment. Certain readers might be disappointed with “Hitchcock’s Ear” if they are expecting an in-depth ‘behind the scenes’ study of Alfred read more

Book Review: Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adapter

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jun 30, 2014

Publisher: State University of New York Press Release Date: September 1, 2011 “Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adapter” is a collection of scholarly essays about Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptations (compiled and edited by R. Barton Palmer and David Boyd). While one might be tempted to compare read more
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