Universal Studios is at last releasing a boxed set of the best of director Alfred Hitchcock in the highest quality yet.  The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is a new 4K Ultra HD library that will include The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, and Psycho.  Psycho fans take note: The set includes two versions of the film, including the original uncut release that did not air anywhere for decades.  With hours of extra features, the downside is the audio commentary doesn’t include any of the many actors discussing the film that are still available all these years later.  But each disc does include contemporary interviews with the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.  Each film is a classic, and each a recurring favorite on the American Film Institute lists of top films.  Check out the details for the 4k release below.  You can pre-order the collection now here at Amazon.

Rear Window special features:

  • Audio commentary by Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film author
  • Rear Window Ethics – 2000 documentary
  • Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – Audio recording from filmmaker François Truffaut’s in-depth interview with director Alfred Hitchcock about Rear Window
  • Production photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Re-release trailer narrated by Jimmy Stewart

Vertigo special features:

  • Audio commentary by filmmaker William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
  • Partners In Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
  • Saul Bass: Title Champ
  • Edith Head: Dressing the Master’s Movies
  • Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock’s Maestro
  • Alma: The Master’s Muse
  • Foreign censorship ending
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – Audio recording from filmmaker François Truffaut’s in-depth interview with director Alfred Hitchcock about Vertigo
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Restoration theatrical trailer

Psycho special features:

  • Original uncut and standard re-releases version of the film
  • The Making of Psycho
  • The Making of Psycho audio commentary with Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho author
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – Audio recording from filmmaker François Truffaut’s in-depth interview with director Alfred Hitchcock about Psycho
  • Posters and ad gallery
  • Lobby card gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
  • Production photo gallery
  • Psycho theatrical trailers
  • Psycho re-release trailer

The Birds special features:

  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
  • All About The Birds
  • Original ending
  • Deleted scene
  • Tippi Hedren’s screen test
  • The Birds is coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Theatrical trailer

The set also includes the Blu-ray and Digital Code for viewing on the Vudu streaming platform.

Which is your favorite?  How can you possibly pick one?  Look forward to the Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection coming this September.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg