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Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season Three


TITLE: ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - SEASON THREE


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
B&W
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 39
Running Time: Approx. 16 hours, 59 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English subtitles
Special Features: None


Introduction:

It’s always a gooooood evening when you’ve got your friend Alfred Hitchcock telling you 39 tales of murder, madness, intrigue and suspense! Season Three of the series doesn’t fail to disappoint, giving you more of these great stories of the anthology series of the past that featured many great stories and great guest stars before they really were stars. However, unlike the series, we won't have a word from our sponsor before we begin... we'll just tell you about the set!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season gets started off with two episodes with future stars, with William Shatner in “The Glass Eye” and Jack Klugman in “The Mail Order Prophet.” A criminologist has helped to send the wrong man to jail in “The Perfect Crime,” but everything will end up okay, right? It is up to a toddler to solve a murder in “Silent Witness.” George Peppard guest stars in the episode “The Diplomatic Corpse.” A plumber may just become the victim of some desperate housewives (and I don’t mean those ones from Sunday night TV) on “The Deadly.” Raymond Bailey guest stars in “Mrs. Paisley’s Cat.” A man learns an important lesson about murder--make sure you have an escape plan--in “Together.”

  A murder without a motive can never be solved, right? Find out in “The Motive,” when a detective tries to prove that. A man comes up with the perfect way to keep his wife in “The Equalizer.” Barbara Bel Geddes guest stars in “Lamb to the Slaughter,” where a husband learns a tough lesson about wanting to divorce his wife and frozen meat. A dispute could end with a deadly Christmas in “The Festive Season.” In “Listen, Listen…!,” a man is convinced that he knows how some women were killed, and nobody believes him--not even his wife. Should she? A woman digs up her dead husband in “Post Mortem” just to retrieve a winning lottery ticket. Fay Wray guest stars in “A Dip in the Pool.” A bank teller sees the perfect chance to gain sudden wealth when a gangster makes a large withdrawal in “The Safe Place.”


Packaging:

Do you remember the packaging of seasons 1 and 2? Well this season is the same, but the color scheme is red this time. The front of the box just has Alfred Hitchcock holding a sign that has the title of the series on it and the back of the box has him standing inside the jack-in-the-box… again. Inside the box, we have a three panel digipak that contains all five discs (yes, some of the discs overlap) as well as a listing of all of the episodes in the set. They include descriptions for each of the episodes on the digipak, but not the kind that include spoilers for the end of the episode (as was the case in season one). Basically, each disc has plain artwork on it (just plain red discs), and each disc contains eight episodes, except for Disc One, which contains only seven episodes.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Well, there is more consistency here too! Just like season 2, we have the main menu with Hitchcock on it, with options of Play All, Episode Index, and Subtitles. The theme song plays in the background. And when you select Episode Index, you get a series of screens with a snapshot from each episode that allows you to select the episode. While there is no scene selection menu, chapters are included throughout each episode.


Video and Audio Quality:

Once again, the video and audio quality is pretty unimpressive, and at times can be said to be just outright bad. It is the usual problem: scratches and grain. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono is equally unimpressive with audio levels changing quite frequently from episode to episode (you’ll find that if you watch multiple episodes in one sitting, some will be too loud and others too quiet). It is an older series, but still they could have cleaned this up a bit more. Of course, if you just want to enjoy the series and these issues don’t deeply bother you, then it won’t be a serious issue.

The important thing is whether or not the episodes are unedited, and as far as I can tell, the answer to that question is yes, they are indeed unedited (although I could be wrong). Runtimes are as follows:

  Disc 1:
1. The Glass Eye (25:43)
2. The Mail Order Prophet (25:32)
3. The Perfect Crime (24:48)
4. Heart of Gold (26:10)
5. Silent Witness (25:37)
6. Reward to Finder (25:45)
7. Enough Rope for Two (25:40)

Disc 2:
8. Last Request (25:23)
9. The Young One (26:09)
10. The Diplomatic Corpse (26:12)
11. The Deadly (25:52)
12. Miss Paisley’s Cat (25:19)
13. Night of the Execution (25:47)
14. The Percentage (25:56)
15. Together (25:26)

Disc 3:
16. Sylvia (25:34)
17. The Motive (25:42)
18. Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty (25:57)
19. The Equalizer (26:04)
20. On the Nose (26:09)
21. Guest for Breakfast (25:45)
22. The Return of the Hero (25:12)
23. The Right Kind of House (26:06)

  Disc 4:
24. The Foghorn (25:15)
25. Flight to the East (24:45)
26. Bull in a China Shop (26:05)
27. Disappearing Trick (26:06)
28. Lamb to the Slaughter (26:10)
29. Fatal Figures (26:06)
30. Death Sentence (26:02)
31. The Festive Season (26:09)

Disc 5:
32. Listen, Listen...! (26:04)
33. Post Mortem (26:04)
34. The Crocodile Case (26:07)
35. Dip in the Pool (26:07)
36. The Safe Place (25:49)
37. The Canary Sedan (26:09)
38. The Impromptu Murder (25:53)
39. Little White Frock (25:55)


Special Features:

Not a thing. I’m not really sure what should be here, but it would be nice to have something very unusual for the special features--something that only Hitchcock could come up with. Unfortunately, I’m not that creative and unusual, but I could still probably do better than Universal did.


Final Comments:

Basically, this is just another standard no-frills Alfred Hitchcock Presents DVD set… unedited episodes with no special features. And for the price, it is more than worth that. After all, at the MSRP, you are getting these episodes for about $1 each. It would still be nice if the episodes were in better shape, but then again it would probably cause the MSRP to skyrocket if they were cleaned up better. And besides, you can still enjoy the stories in the way this set looks.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/05/07

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