Our comprehensive review of one of the most ambitious high-def box sets of 2012....
Universal / 1759 Minutes / 1942-1976 / Street Date: October 30, 2012
SHADOW OF A DOUBT
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
The release of movies like Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt, and Vertigo in high-definition is without question an event to celebrate - many of us have been waiting a long while for these classics to get the Blu-ray attention they so richly deserve. And Universal is no dummy - they stand to milk us Hitchcock geeks out of more money by releasing this box set of fifteen films rather than title-by-title editions (though I bet in the coming year or two, we'll see standalone discs hit the market).
What it comes down to is that of the fifteen movies included here, half are bona fide classics. As a title-by-title box set, that 50% status isn't great, but even though it isn't perfect, it's better to have this collection on your shelf than to not have it at all. Is it a perfect box set? Absolutely not. But when The Masterpiece Collection really gets ripping, it thrills.