Hitchcock Blu-ray Review
Release Date: March 12, 2013
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, Hitchcock is “a knockout from start to finish” (Rex Reed, New York Observer).
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
The only Alfred Hitchcock film I’ve seen is his most famous one, Psycho. After watching Hitchcock though, I want to watch his other films. Anthony Hopkins was amazing as Hitchcock and I learned from watching the bonus features that close friends of the director said he was Hitchcock from the way he talked and his mannerisms.
Alfred Hitchcock was 60 years old when he decided to make the movie, Psycho. Paramount Studios decided not to finance the picture (only distribute it) so Hitch (Alfred Hitchcock) and his wife, Alma, had to fund it with their own money. Nothing like Psycho had ever been made before so the studio figured it would be a flop. Little did they know it would become the classic it did!
I loved having a behind the scenes look at the making of Psycho. We are shown Hitch and Alma picking Janet Leigh for the role of Marian Crane and why they decided on picking Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. Psycho is most famous for the “shower scene” and I really enjoyed learning the process how they developed it to become one of the scariest scenes from a movie from that era. Fans screamed in their seats at the theatre for that particular scene! Back then, there wasn’t as much violence in the media as their is today so a scene like that would be terrifying.
One funny scene that stands out to me is the one where Hitch meets with the Motion Picture Film board to get the proper approvals for his movie. They give him a hard time on a few aspects and one of them being that he wanted to shoot a scene with a toilet. I guess back then a toilet had never been shown on TV and let alone a toilet flushing (gasp!). It’s amazing how much things have changed!
It was endearing to watch the relationship between Alma and Hitch. She was an integral part of his success as a director and never really received the credit she deserved. Hitchcock showed how influential she was and how strong her relationship with Hitch was. They were a cute couple sleeping the same room, but in separate twin beds.
Hitchcock has all the elements of a great film: awesome acting, intriguing storyline and the ability to capture your attention and keep you entertained.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.