Weekly DVD Picks – Tuesday, October 4, 2005

October has begun, and the floodgates have opened.
Look for many sets geared for Halloween, and some
others aiming for Christmas shopping. There are a lot
of genre picks this week.

First, the genre releases:

Now, the non-genre releases:

Finally, the pick of the week. Alfred
Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection
: This set
includes
remastered editions of Saboteur, Shadow
of a Doubt
,
Rope (which is a great experimental film in
which Hitchcock
tried to go without a cut as long as possible,)
Rear Window
(one of my three favourite Hitchcock films, in which
Hitchcock
challenged himself to make a movie shot entirely in a
single
location,) The Trouble With Harry (a comedy,
as the trouble
with Harry is that he’s dead but they just can’t seem
to leave him
buried,) The Man Who Knew Too Much (in its
1956 incarnation,
which may have made it the first sound film to be
remade by the same
filmmaker who remade the original,) Vertigo,
Psycho
(another of my top three favourites,) The
Birds
(which we reviewed
some time ago,
and which is my least favourite Hitchcock so far),
Marnie,
Torn Curtain, Topaz,
Frenzy, and Family
Plot
. This set includes eight Hitchcock films I
haven’t seen,
and six that I have seen. I’m still picking it up, as
that price
makes it cheaper to replace the entire collection than
to pick up
those eight individual films. When you also consider
the upgraded
transfer on Rear Window, it’s an easy
decision to make.
Hitchcock was a fantastic filmmaker, and I just can’t
get enough of
his stuff. (When this arrives, I’ll own 44 of his 61
directorial
credits.)

5 replies on “Weekly DVD Picks – Tuesday, October 4, 2005”

  1. AceCaseOR says:

    Nemesis added scenes
    Here’s hoping that the Special Edition of Star Trek: Nemesis has Wil Wheaton’s scene in there.

    • octa says:

      Re: Nemesis added scenes
      <BLOCKQUOTE TYPE="cite">
      Here’s hoping that the Special Edition of Star Trek: Nemesis has Wil Wheaton’s scene in there.
      </BLOCKQUOTE>

      Woah, what? What was his part? Feel free to spoiler it :D

      • GrimSean says:

        Re: Nemesis added scenes

        Here’s hoping that the Special Edition of Star Trek: Nemesis has Wil Wheaton’s scene in there.

        Woah, what? What was his part? Feel free to spoiler it :D

        He’s present at the wedding – sitting at the head table, no less – and I believe may have actually had a line (though I’m not sure about that). You can catch a brief glance of him sitting beside Gates McFadden in the theatrical cut, and by ‘brief’ I mean ‘less than a second’ – I knew he was there, and it took me two playings before I saw him.

      • AveryRegier says:

        Re: Nemesis added scenes

        Here’s hoping that the Special Edition of Star Trek: Nemesis has Wil Wheaton’s scene in there.

        Woah, what? What was his part? Feel free to spoiler it :D

        I just saw the scene. It is on the DVD. It is really short, just Wesley coming up to Picard and Crusher, they congrat him on being in uniform again (without explanation) and Wesley saying he is taking night shift on the Titan, then spying some girl and leaving.

        My question: Is Wesley in the Titan novels?

        -Avery

    • Damien says:

      IIRC lots of deleted scenes
      Someone might want to clarify it but from what I remember they shot a whole bucketload of extra scenes with the view to include them on the DVD, extra wedding bits, etc etc. My recollection was that it was kind of like they shot extra bits the fans would want that weren’t critical to the core story. BICBW.

      Damien

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