The 100th birthday of Alfred Hitchcock will be celebrated Tuesday with the release of 13 of his films, remastered for this promotion.
This "Alfred Hitchcock Collection" features his films spanning more than three decades, from 1942 to 1976, plus a 14th bonus video, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," which contains four vintage half-hour episodes from the television series of that name.
The set lists for $179.99 and is the only way to obtain the bonus video. The movies, which can be purchased separately, are $14.98 each:
The Birds (1963) Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren.
Family Plot (1976) Karen Black, Bruce Dern.
Frenzy (1972) Jon Finch, Barry Foster.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) James
Stewart, Doris Day.
Marnie (1964) Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren.
Psycho (1960) Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh.
Rope (1948) James Stewart, John Dall.
Saboteur (1942) Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Teresa Wright,
Topaz (1969) John Forsythe. New version that
contains 17 minutes of additional footage.
Torn Curtain (1966) Paul Newman, Julie Andrews.
The Trouble with Harry (1955) Edmund Gwenn,
Vertigo (1958) James Stewart, Kim Novak.
The episodes on the bonus video are the 1956 favorite "Back for Christmas," "Lamb to a Slaughter," "Banquo's Chair" and "The Case of Mr. Pelham."
The famed master of suspense retired in 1976 after 54 years of directing films and died four years later. His rotund profile and distinctive manner of speech became trademarks.
His uniquely personalized and meticulous approach to filmmaking resulted in some ground-breaking cinematic masterpieces.
Hitchcock's own description of suspense was pithy and understated: "There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it."
Just as pithy was his acceptance speech at the 1967 Academy Awards when he was presented the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award. He said only "Thank You," which still stands as the shortest in Oscar history.
Hitchcock was an extremely popular director, and although he never won an Oscar for his direction, he did get a Golden Globe in 1957, the Director's Guild Award in 1968 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1972.
In 1979, he was honored with the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award and was reunited with many of his stars, including Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Anthony Perkins and Grace Kelly.