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DVD & Blu-ray Picks: August 2014

DVD and Blu-ray Picks AUGUST 2014


  • Black Narcissus (Network ITV)
  • Labor Day (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  • Starred Up (20th Century Fox Home Ent.)
  • Rear Window (Universal Pictures)
  • Clint Eastwood: The Collection (Universal Pictures)
  • Labor Day (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  • Sophie’s Choice (ITV DVD)
  • The 400 Blows (Artificial Eye)
  • Plenty (Network)
  • The Soft Skin (Artificial Eye)
  • On the Waterfront (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)
  • Calvary (Momentum Pictures)
  • Transcendence (EV)
  • Bed and Board (Artificial Eye)
  • Stolen Kisses (Artificial Eye)
  • Locke (Lionsgate UK)
  • Heli (Network)
  • Kurosawa Samurai Collection (BFI)
  • Seven Samurai (BFI)

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DVD & Blu-Ray Picks: May 2013

DVD and Blu-ray Picks for May 2013

  • Billy Liar (StudioCanal) / Blu-ray / 06/05/2013
  • The Impossible (Entertainment One) / Blu-ray and Normal / 06/05/2013
  • Amateur (Artificial Eye Blu-ray / Normal / 13/05/2013
  • One Hour Photo (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) / Blu-ray and Normal / 13/05/2013
  • Rear Window (Universal Pictures) Blu-ray / Normal / 13/05/2013
  • The Birds (Universal Pictures) Blu-ray / 50th Anniversary Edition / 13/05/2013
  • Bullhead (Soda Pictures) Blu-ray / Normal / 20/05/2013
  • The Sessions (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) Blu-ray with Digital Copy – Double Play / 20/05/2013
  • Blow Out (Arrow Video) Blu-ray Special Edition / 27/05/2013
  • My Left Foot (ITV DVD) Blu-ray / Normal / 27/05/2013
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Artificial Eye) Blu-ray / Normal / 27/05/2013

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Hitchcock Interesting

Rear Window Timelapse

Jeff Desom has constructed an ingenious timelapse video using footage from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954).

It plays chronologically but the effect is quite startling, especially if you are a fan of the film (I’d place it amongst his very finest).

More information on how it was made is here:

The music used is Hungarian Dance No. 5, composed by Johannes Brahms (arranged by Hugo Winterhalter).

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> Jeff Desom
> Rear Window at the IMDb


The Hitchcock and Truffaut Tapes

In 1962 François Truffaut carried out a series of extensive interviews with Alfred Hitchcock at his offices in Universal Studios.

Recorded to audio tape, the content was eventually edited down into Truffaut’s famous book Hitchcock.

A landmark meeting of two great directors, the conversations cover Hitchcock’s life and career in great detail as they discuss films such as Blackmail (1929), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1939), Rebecca (1940), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Birds (1963), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North By Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960).

Truffaut did not speak much English, so he hired Helen Scott of the French Film Office in New York to act as the translator for the sessions.

The half hour sessions were subsequently broadcast on French radio and in 2006 Tom Sutpen started posting audio files on his blog ‘If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats‘.



You can listen to the 25 parts individually below (just click on the relevant links to download as single tracks):

PART 1: Childhood through to his early years in the film industry (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 2: Mountain Eagle through to the end of the silent era (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 3: Blackmail through to a discussion about American audiences (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 4: Rich and Strange through to realism in films (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 5: The 39 Steps through to plausibility in film and film critics (28 mins) [MP3]

PART 6: Secret Agent and Sabotage (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 7: Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 8: Final years in Britain through to his move to America (28 mins) [MP3]

PART 9: Rebecca (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 10: Discussion about Hollywood through to Notorious (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 11: Mr and Mrs Smith through to Suspicion (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 12: Saboteur through to Shadow of a Doubt (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 13: Lifeboat through to Spellbound (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 14: Notorious through to The Paradine Case (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 15: Rope (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 16: Rope and Under Capricorn (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 17: Stage Fright through to Strangers on a Train (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 18: Strangers on a Train through to I Confess (28 mins) [MP3]

PART 19: Notorious through to a discussion about suspense (27 mins) [Mp3]

PART 20: Initial discussion about the The Birds through to Rear Window (27 mins) [Mp3]

PART 21: The Wrong Man through to Vertigo (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 22: North by Northwest through to Psycho (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 23: Psycho (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 24: The Birds (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 25: Psycho through to characterisation in films (27 mins) [Mp3]

> Find out more about Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut at Wikipedia
> Buy Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut from Amazon UK