Hitchcock buffs, mark your calendars for March 12 2013. Debuting on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is Sacha Gervasi’s biopic Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense. This one never really found an audience theatrically, grossing about $5.5 million in limited release. So this will be a good chance for people to discover the film that Rex Reed of New York Observer called “a knockout from start to finish.”

Official synopsis: “Oscar® winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren* are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema’s most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won’t back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he sets out to make the film. Ultimately, Hitch wins Alma over, and the two collaborate to create an enduring masterpiece – Psycho. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Jessica Biel.”
Looks like Fox has loaded this one up with lots of supplementary material.
Blu-ray Special Features:
    ●    Deleted Scene
    ●    Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock
    ●    Obsessed with Hitchcock
    ●    Sacha Gervasi’s Behind the Scenes Cell Phone Footage
    ●    Hitchcock Cell Phone PSA
    ●    The Story
    ●    The Cast
    ●    Danny Elfman Maestro
    ●    Hitch and Alma
    ●    Remembering Hitchcock
    ●    Commentary with Sacha Gervasi and Stephen Rebello
    ●    Theatrical Trailer

Also releasing March 12 is a three-disc Blu-ray set, AlfredHitchcock: The Classic Collection, which bundles together Notorious, Rebecca, and Spellbound. Each of these three Hitchcock classics has been available individually on Blu-ray since January of 2012, but if you never picked them up, The Classic Collection will save you a few bucks (retail: $59.99, current Amazon pre-order price as of 01/10: $41.99).

Chaz Lipp

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