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Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection on DVD

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A scene from Robert Florey's Skyscraper Symphony (1929).  

Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection A must-have: Fourteen films restored—including Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds, and their lesser brethren. PG; $119.98.

Lifeboat Don’t complete your set with the final Hitchcock film to arrive on DVD; you can do without this propagandistic WWII thriller. NR; $19.98.

Mad Hot Ballroom This year’s best New York kids film, a documentary about swinging, merengueing 12-year-olds. PG; $29.99.

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989–1997 Pow! Bam! Whap! PG-13; $79.92.

Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection Hi-ya! Ha! Aiiii! R; $49.98.

Twilight Zone: The Definitive Edition Season Four Whoa. NR; $99.99.

Saving Face Alice Wu’s whip-smart debut romantic comedy. R; $26.96.

George Romero’s Land of the Dead Not exactly to die for. NR; $29.98.

Kicking and Screaming Will Ferrell scores as a soccer mom. PG; $29.98.

Arrested Development: The Complete Second Season You know, if you’d TiVo’d this, you wouldn’t have to buy it. PG; $39.98.

Rebel Samurai: Sixties Swordplay Classics Four smashing, slashing Japanese features: Kill!, Samurai Rebellion, Samurai Spy, and Sword of the Beast, restored by Criterion. NR; $99.95.

Me and You and Everyone We Know Miranda July’s lovely, wide-eyed film about an oddball performance artist. R; $24.96.

Our Pick
On October 15 and 16, the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894–1941 with two days of screenings. But you could easily spend weeks with the 155 films collected on these seven discs. Previous generations of filmhounds had to scour the Earth to catch a glimpse of many of these films. Others haven’t been seen for decades. This vital set will change all that. It includes works by Orson Welles, Sergei Eisenstein, and Elia Kazan—and brilliant experiments by Oskar Fischinger, Walker Evans, Robert Florey, and others. From Joseph Cornell’s collage films to Busby Berkeley’s spectacular dance numbers, the collection is a chronicle of cinematic audacity. New York–film-lovers might want to start with a single disc, Picturing a Metropolis: New York City Unveiled, a set of 26 experimental films all set in the home of American experimental cinema. $99.99 for the complete seven-disc set; $24.99 for Picturing a Metropolis alone.


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