It's a sparse week for DVD and Blu-Ray releases, but there's plenty of good scares coming to a store near you (and a few laughs so you can sleep afterward). Be forewarned, though: there aren't too many family movie picks in the bunch.
Alfred Hitchcock:The Masterpiece Collection
Today holds the release of one of the most anticipated Blu-ray sets of the year for film lovers. Universal Studios has opened up the archives to release Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen classic Hitchock films, thirteen of which have never been released on the Blu-ray format before. The set comprises 1,759 minutes of the Master of Suspense's work on a total of 15 discs. Each film has been digitally restored and remastered, though there are some debates about the quality of the video presenatations. Additionally, while Hitchcock's most famous films come with a number of special features, don't expect to see a wealth of content on less-beloved titles like Frenzy and Marnie. Even Rope and The Man Who Knew Too Much are fairly spartan releases. It's also worth noting that the only knew special feature to this set is a 15-minute retrospective on The Birds.
That said, this is the single most definitive collection of Hitchock in 1080p to date and will likely be a must-have for many this holiday season. If the $225 price tag doesn't scare you off, then settle in for a fright with the Master of Suspense.
Rosemary's Baby: The Criterion Collection Edition
It's clearly a good week for digitally restored horror, as Polanski's Rosemary's Baby also makes it way to DVD. Unlike the Hitch collection, this disc is chock-full of new special features and is available both on Blu Ray and DVD. Although Rosemary's Baby is now nearly fifty years old, it still rings just as scary as when it first ran in theatres. The film is a Halloween classic and will definitely make you think twice about your creepy next-door neighbors. If you've got the funds this week, you definitely need to pick this disc up.
I'm not saying that I'd elect The Campaign as the year's best comedy, but in the run-up to election day (or after watching all those scary movies), it makes for a great antidote. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis make for a great comic duo in this campaign-season farce. Although it can be overly preachy at times and the jokes occasionally fall flat, The Campaign is definitely worth a watch, even if it's just a rental.
What are you watching this week? Let us know in the COMMENTS section!
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