Criterion Teases The Lady Vanishes Blu-ray
Nice. I only have the original Criterion DVD, not the remastered one they released afterwards and I've been wanting to upgrade it anyway.
HighDefDiscNews » 1940 Hitchcock directed film “Rebecca” coming to Blu-ray in January 2012
I still have not seen this. :(In an early alert to retailers MGM (distributed by FOX) has made public their plans to bring the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock directed film “Rebecca” starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and George Sanders to Blu-ray Disc on January 24th, 2012. It’s worth noting the film won 2 Oscars (Academy Awards). Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned. The title is already available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with a $17.49 price tag.
Tsk, tsk, tsk Adgy.
Helen Mirren Circling ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO
Just yesterday we reported that BBC2 was planning a film based on legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s obsession with his The Birds star Tippi Hedren, and today we’ve got casting news on another Hitchcock movie currently in the works. Helen Mirren is apparently eyeing the role of Hitchcock’s wife in the drama Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The project has been in development for years with Antony Hopkins attached the played the famed filmmaker, and now it looks like a production start date is finally looming. Hit the jump for more.
Based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello, the film tells the story of how everyone thought Hitchcock was crazy for wanting to make a horror movie at the pinnacle of his career. The director scrambled to find financing, shot the picture with his inexpensive TV crew, and soon after Psycho became a nationwide sensation. Crucial to the story is Hitchcock’s relationship with his wife Alma Reville, who was a close collaborator on many of his films. Glee creator Ryan Murphy was previously attached to direct, but Sasha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is now onboard to helm.
In addition to Mirren’s involvement, Heat Vision reports that the project is in the process of moving from Paramount to Fox Searchlight. It’s spent four years in development at Paramount, so a move to Fox Searchlight would surely bode well for the flick. I love Hopkins as Hitch, and Mirren would make a fantastic addition. The report cautions that the dealmaking both for Mirren and the studio move isn’t finished yet, but an April production start is being eyed. Hopefully things work out, as I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time.
I've read that Stephen Rebello book! :D
I even wrote a drunken review of it in my Goodreads account.
I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock and the film "Psycho." I have read a lot about the making of the film and as such, I went into this book not knowing whether I would learn anything new about the film. Honestly, I was aware of much of what was discussed in this book, but what made this book such a great reading experience for me was the fact that it brought together all the different aspects that went into the making of the film together in one place in a way that allows one to truly appreciate the depth of the film and its creation. While I was reading this book, I was able to revisit certain aspects of the film in new ways and compare those aspects with other related factors that I had not considered before, which deepened my appreciation for a film that I have loved and analyzed so much over the years. This is definitely MUST reading for fans of "Psycho" and Hitchcock.
Not exactly the most articulate thing that I have written. Damn you Black Velvet Whiskey!
HighDefDiscNews » 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film “To Catch a Thief” is coming to Blu-ray in March
That's a pretty great ****in' deal.Paramount officially plans to bring the classic 1955 Alfred Hitchcock directed film “To Catch a Thief” starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly to Blu-ray Disc on March 6th, 2012. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p Hi-Def video as well Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Stereo and Dolby TrueHD Mono sound. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchcock Film Historian
A Night with the Hitchcocks
Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America
Writing and Casting To Catch A Thief
The Making of To Catch A Thief
Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation
Edith Head: The Paramount Years
If You Love To Catch A Thief, You’ll Love this Interactive Travelogue
- Visitors to the Set
UPDATE: This title is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with a $15.99 price tag.
We Need To Talk About Norman: 'Psycho' Prequel Coming To A&E In New Series 'Bates Motel' | The Playlist
A&E is going down the prequel path, putting into development "Bates Motel," a new series that will take place before the events in "Psycho," showing the relationship between a teenage Norman Bates and his mother, and how he wound up a serial killer. But as fans already know, they've tried this before. Back in the '80s, there was a pilot attempted under the same premise (and title) that failed miserably. Then there was the made-for-TV "Pyscho IV: The Beginning" which used flashbacks and a small budget to try to tell the story of young Norman Bates again, but with dismal results.
But maybe writer Anthony Cipriano ("Twelve And Holding" starring a pre-fame Jeremy Renner) will succeed where others have failed. Or not. But, hey there's money to made.