Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster
Great news for Hitchcock fans! Fox and MGM have announced the Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection, the perfect companion piece to Universal's Masterpiece Collection and Warner's Signature Collection. The Premiere Collection includes new versions (with different extras) of the long out-of-print (and very pricey) Criterion titles Notorious, Spellbound and Rebecca, as well as The Lodger, The Paradine Case, Young and Innocent, Sabotage and Lifeboat. Complementing these fantastic titles is a slew of new extras, including (according to the press release) "audio commentaries, featurettes, screen tests, still galleries, vintage radio interviews, an AFI Tribute to Hitchcock, a 32-page notebook with trivia, production notes and more about the legendary director and more." Every film has at least one commentary track, as well as various featurettes and, in most cases, radio plays. Pat Hitchcock and Peter Bogdanovich seem less ubiquitous than they are on the Universal and Warner sets, but Bogdanovich does pop up in the form of excerpts from his lengthy audio interviews with the master.
Toler's wartime Chan movies feature frequent espionage plots, and this set's Charlie Chan in Panama is one of the most exciting Chan spy flicks. Also included are Dead Men Tell (set aboard a treasure-hunting ship), Charlie Chan in Rio, Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum, Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, Murder Over New York and Castle In the Desert.