The Alfred Hitchcock Box Set is a collection of some of the director's earlier work, and it includes 5 films -- The Ring, The Manxman, Murder!, Rich and Strange -aka- East of Shanghai and The Skin Game. Since any film isn't complete without a special feature or two, the collection includes Pure Cinema: The Birth of Hitchcock Style, which features interviews with Hitchcock's family, as well as his friend and fellow director, Peter Bogdanovich. I guess one feature is better than none, although this would seem like the perfect opportunity to shower fans in more Hitchcock, since this isn't a box set that everyone will nab.
If you've never delved into the Hitchcock years before The Man Who Knew Too Much, here's a rundown:
- The Ring (1927) -- This silent film is the love story about two boxers who are in love with the same woman.
- The Manxman (1929) -- Another romantic triangle silent film, this one deals with a fisherman named Pete and his life-long friend, a lawyer named Philip. Pete goes off to earn money to marry Kate, and asks Philip to watch him -- he does a little more than watch.
- Murder! (1930) -- With sound and one of Hitchcock's early tastes of murder, the movie is about a juror who believes that the actress found near the dead body of her friend is innocent, and aims to find the real murderer before she is put to death.
- Rich and Strange (1931) -- A romantic comedy, this film is about an easily-corrupted couple who become rich after an inheritance, and head off on a cruise to delight in their new-found wealth.
- The Skin Game (1931) -- The film is about two families in the middle of a land quarrel -- the rich Hillcrests and the social-climbing Hornblowers. The latter is building factories around the former's estate, and the Hillcrests try to fight back when they learn that Hornblower's daughter-in-law was a prostitute.