Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two [Import USA Zone 1]
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Famous '50s/'60s mystery and suspense series hosted by the master of suspense himlsef, Alfred Hitchcock. Each 30 minute episode included opening and closing monologues by Hitchcock who would explain some aspect of the day's story in his inimitably dry, humorous monotone. Episodes included: 'Wet Saturday', 'Fog Closing In', 'De Mortis', 'Kill with Kindness', 'None Are So Blind', 'Toby', 'Alibi Me', 'Conversation Over a Corpse', 'Crack of Doom', 'Jonathan', 'A Better Bargain', 'The Rose Garden', 'Mr. Blanchard's Secret', 'John Brown's Body', 'Crackpot', 'Nightmare in 4-D', 'My Brother Richard', 'Manacled', 'Bottle of Wine', 'Malice Domestic', 'Number Twenty-Two', 'The End of Indian Summer', 'One for the Road', 'The Cream of the Jest', 'I Killed the Count (1)', 'I Killed the Count (2)', 'I Killed the Count (3)', 'One More Mile to Go', 'Vicious Circle', 'The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater', 'The Night the World Ended', 'The Hands of Mr. Ottermole', 'A Man Greatly Beloved', 'Martha Mason, Movie Star', 'The West Warlock Time Capsule', 'Father and Son', 'The Indestructible Mr. Weems', 'A Little Sleep'and 'The Dangerous People'.
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was as prolific as he was brilliant, producing not only dozens of award-winning films, but also a few excellent television series. Alfred Hitchcock Presents was arguably the best of his small-screen triumphs. Hosted by the man himself, the series offered viewers short dramatized stories on a weekly basis, mixing the genres of horror, drama, suspense, and fantasy. Series two is collected here in its entirety and features guest stars Rip Torn, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Vic Morrow, and others. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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For Hitch Aficionados looking for specific episoids, you may be dissipointed.
This could be easily remedied by Amazon to offer a list of the episoides contained in each season.
Was really looking forword to seeing The Jar......not a "good evening"
Having read the previous reviews here, I see that others noticed portions of Hitchcock's opening and closing dialog had been cut off. I accept that reluctantly, as it does not detract from the original episode itself, however when they cut portions out of the actual play, they mess with the integrity of the show, in my opinion, and I find that far less acceptable. I first realized that at least some (and probably most, if not all) of the shows were cut upon viewing the episode on disc 2 titled "Jonathan'. The closing credits listed an appearance by Nancy Kulp, who I knew as Jane Hathaway from the Beverly Hillbillies. It struck me that I never noticed her in the episode, so I went back to the beginning and forwarded through it. Nope. No Nancy Kulp in this show!
This is probably a bigger deal to me than to most viewers, so you may not share my ire about this, however to me, this is close to sacrilege. If I buy a CD of my favorite music group's greatest hits, I don't want the songs cut short. I don't want the pop radio's shortened versions, I want the entire song, as the band meant it to be heard. Because of this heinous bit of editing, I have taken two whole stars away from this offering. That and the fact that there are no extras to speak of. I give it four stars, however, because I have added a star for the packaging. Season one was produced on 'flipper discs'. That's what they call discs that have data on both sides of it. Flipper discs are much easier to scratch than one-sided discs, for obvious reasons, and they have also been known to be prone to picture freezing and skipping. Happily, season two has been pressed onto one-sided discs, and that alone earns this my fourth star.
Don't misunderstand, this is still an enjoyable box set, however just knowing that I'm not getting every episode in it's entirety bothers me. I don't believe these shows should be packaged like that, and I am disappointed with Universal for doing that to us. Peace.
Yesterday, I looked up this series on the Wilkipedia web site and I believe it stated that the series went on for 14 seasons- (note: as of March, 2012, someone pointed out an error, and I've since discovered that there were ten seasons consisting of 7 half-hour- incl. commercials-, and 3 one-hour seasons)! That's great of course, but what that also means is that some lucky individuals (who have the patience to wait years for the most likely inevitable gigantic box-set), will probably save a couple hundred dollars! Oh well, I'm sure most of us don't have that much patience!
I have Season 1, and I recieved season's 2 and 3 from Amazon over a month ago, but only opened no. 2 just last night. Yes, so far it's great. I've thus far only watched about 4 episodes and the only problem was a sparodic loud "snapping" sound that happened for about a minute (off and on), during the show about a brother and sister trying to collect insurance money by tricking a hobo, while setting their house on fire, etc. I don't remember the title off hand, but hopefully I won't encounter any more of these flaws because it's too late to send this back. Other than that, one thing I'm very happy about, is that I haven't seen any of these shows before, since I was too young (a toddler?) at the time, and probably wasn't allowed to watch it until I was some years older (no doubt, because it was too "scary"), and therefore, hadn't started watching it until sometime after it had turned into "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour". What I'm getting at, is that all these shows (and many of the seasons to come) are all brand new to me, and having not seen a single one, makes watching these even more fun!