Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: May 25, 2021 Region — 4K UHD: Region Free Blu-ray: Region A Length: 01:59:31 Video— 4K UHD: 2160P (HEVC, H.265) Blu-ray: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main … Continue reading 4K UHD Blu-ray Review: The Birds
Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 08, 2020 Region — 4K UHD: Region Free BLU-RAY: Region A Length — Rear Window: 01:52:27 Vertigo: 02:08:27 Psycho (Original Theatrical Version): 01:49:04 Psycho … Continue reading 4K UHD Blu-ray Review: The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection
Exclusive Guest Article By: Tony Lee Moral This article is the final entry in a series of four guest articles to appear on this page in celebration of Universal’s release … Continue reading Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ Is Our Modern Day Pandemic
Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: October 01, 2019 Region: Region A Notes: These films are also available individually with standard Blu-ray packaging, as part of The Masterpiece Collection, and as … Continue reading Blu-ray Review: The House of Hitchcock – Limited Edition Collection
Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: October 17, 2017 Region: Region A Notes: These films are also available individually with standard Blu-ray packaging and as a part of The Masterpiece Collection. … Continue reading Blu-ray Review: Alfred Hitchcock – The Ultimate Collection
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
“This book brings together new work and new perspectives on the relationship between Hitchcock and Herrmann. Featuring chapters by leading scholars of Hitchcock’s work, the volume examines the working relationship between the two and the contribution that Herrmann’s work brings to Hitchcock’s idiom, as well as expanding our understanding of how music fits into that body of work. The goal of these analyses is to explore approaches to sound, music, collaborative authorship, and the distinctive contribution that Herrmann brought to Hitchcock’s films. Consequently, the book examines these key works, with particular focus on what Elisabeth Weis called ‘the extra-subjective films’—Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963)—and explores Herrmann’s palpable role in shaping the sonic and musical landscape of Hitchcock’s work, which, the volume argues, has a considerable transformative effect on how we understand Hitchcock’s authorship.
The collection examines the significance, meanings, histories, and enduring legacies of one of film history’s most important partnerships. By engaging with the collaborative work of Hitchcock and Herrmann, the chapters [or essays] in the collection examine the ways in which film directors and composers collaborate, and how this collaboration is experienced in the films themselves. In addition, the collection addresses the continued hierarchization of vision over sound in the conceptualization of cinema and readdresses this balance though the exploration of the work of these two significant figures and their work together during the 1950sand 1960s” –K.J. Donnelly and Steven Rawle (Introduction, Partners in Suspense, January 18, 2017)
As this excerpt from the book’s introduction suggests, “Partners in Suspense” is a collection of fourteen scholarly articles about the creative marriage of Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock. Although their working relationship would eventually end in divorce, their collaboration lasted over a decade and gave audiences eight films (some of which are considered to be amongst the best ever made). This is a subject that has too often been overlooked, and a book on the subject is long overdue.
The essays included cover a range of subjects with varying degrees of success. A list of the titles should help one determine the subjects discussed in its pages:
Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock’s Secret Sharer – by: Jack Sullivan
Hitchcock, Music and the Mathematics of Editing – by: Charles Barr
The Anatomy of Aural Suspense in Rope and Vertigo – by: Kevin Clifton
The Therapeutic Power of Music in Hitchcock’s Films – by: Sidney Gottlieb
A Lacanian Take on Herrmann/Hitchcock – by: Royal S. Brown
Portentous Arrangements: Bernard Herrmann and The Man Who Knew Too Much – by: Murray Pomerance
On the Road with Hitchcock and Herrmann: Sound, Music, and the Car Journey in Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960) – by: Pasquale Iannone
A Dance to the Music of Herrmann: A Figurative Dance Suite – by: David Cooper
The Sound of The Birds – by: Richard Allen
Musical Romanticism v. The Sexual Aberrations of the Criminal Female: Marnie (1964) – by: K. J. Donnelly
The Murder of Gromek: Theme and Variations – by: Tomas Williams
Mending the Torn Curtain: A Rejected Score’s Place in a Discography – by: Gergely Hubai
The Herrmann-Hitchcock Murder Mysteries: Post-Mortem – by: William H. Rosar
How Could You Possibly be a Hitchcocko-Herrmannian? (Digitally Re-Narrativising Collaborative Authorship) – by: Steven Rawle
Perhaps the most immediate surprise when considering the topics discussed in this collection is the lack of information and analysis about Herrmann’s first collaboration with Hitchcock (The Trouble with Harry). It would seem that their first collaboration would be of special interest, and the book does provide some general information about Lyn Murray’s initial suggestion that the director work with Herrmann (including excerpts from Murray’s personal journal), but the score for The Trouble with Harry is largely ignored. What’s more, the book neglects Herrmann’s wonderful score for the The Wrong Man—which is one of their most interesting collaborations.
Those looking for a biographical account of the Hitchcock/Herrmann relationship will likely be disappointed. What these pages offer is scholarly examination of Herrmann’s music and how his scores affect the finished film. Anecdotal information is only given as a means to contextualize the theoretical analysis or to provide support to the arguments being made. The result is useful (especially to other scholars), but average cinephiles will be less enthusiastic—especially if they do not already have a rudimentary knowledge of music.
Review by: Devon Powell
Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: July 12, 2016 The 50th Anniversary Edition of Psycho (1960) was one of the first reviews posted on this site. This exact same transfer is … Continue reading Blu-ray Repackaging: Psycho & The Birds
Distributor: Universal Studios Release Date: May 06, 2014 Region: Region A Length: 1:59:29 Video: 1080P AVC (MPEG-4) Main Audio: DTS-HD English Mono Master Audio (48kHz, 24-bit) Subtitles: English SDH, French, … Continue reading Blu-ray Review: The Birds
Publisher: Kamera Books Release Date: September 1, 2013 Those who have read Tony Lee Moral’s “Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie” will not be surprised to hear that his book … Continue reading Book Review: The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Best Critical/Biographical, 2012.
Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick’s Scripting Hitchcock explores the collaborative process between Alfred Hitchcock and the screenwriters that he chose to write the screenplays for Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Drawing from extensive interviews with the screenwriters and other film technicians who worked for Hitchcock, Raubicheck and Srebnick illustrate how much of the filmmaking process took place in the scripting phase of production.
One might assume that the book simply treads a path that is covered in detail by Stephen Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Tony Lee Moral’s Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, and Moral’s follow-up The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds. However, Scripting Hitchcock proves to have much to contribute to the study of these films. It makes an excellent companion piece to the other publications, but also stands on its own as a decisive look into Hitchcock’s relationship with his writers. It manages to educate the reader while enhancing their appreciation of the films in question.