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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.

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A missed opportunity across the country is the failure to establish a regular, ongoing market for old movies being shown on modern theater screens.  Only recently (OK, the late 1990s so not that recently) mass audiences were able to go back and see the original Star Wars trilogy in the theater and in the past year we were able to see more recent, but still years old, films in the theater well after their initial release, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Avengers films, and the Batman franchise.  But for decades now “art house” theaters from time to time get old releases and screen these old films for a few weeks at a time.  Usually the quality is poor, yet it gives new audiences as well as the older crowd that saw the films in their initial release an opportunity to discover or enjoy the films again.

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