Seeing as Hollywood operated under a strict moral code in the 1940s, it is no surprise that Hitchcock’s Roper isn’t an overt gay movie. Having said that though, it is undeniable that it can be watched and enjoyed by modern audiences as a movie that features two men who live together and treat each other very intimately… [Read more…]
It’s nearly Christmas, so when you’re writing out your letter to Santa, this new Hitchcock box set should be right at the top. Of these 14 movies – including many of Hitchcock’s greatest movies – only Psycho has ever been out on Blu-ray before, so it really is a festival of first-time-in-HD movie goodness – although admittedly, with an RRP of £100 for the basic set and £150 for the Collector’s Edition, it doesn’t come cheap (that’s why you need Santa’s help).
The box includes Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot, which as I’m sure you’ll agree, is a pretty awesome selection. Although the likes of Torn Curtain and Family Plot may not be Hitchcock’s best, they’re still far better than what the vast majority of directors have ever produced. Indeed Hitchcock is that rare beast where you can pretty much guarantee that even if you don’t think a particular movie is a masterpiece, you’ll be entertained and certainly won’t think you’ve wasted your time. [Read more…]
Lifeboat is one of those movies a lot of people have heard about, but relatively few have seen. While it came before most of Hitchcock’s most famous movies – although after his Best Picture Oscar-winning Rebecca – it’s a classic that’s worth visiting. After a German U-boat torpedoes an allied ship, a group of disparate survivors gather on a lifeboat. Told completely from within the confines of the boat, the men and women aboard realise their predicament is a hairy one and that their best chance of survival is to make for Bermuda.
The problem is that none of them know where Bermuda is. However there’s one person on board who does appear to be able to navigate, a German U-boat survivor who might have been the captain of the vessel. But can they trust him? [Read more…]