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Steven Soderbergh’s site Extension 765 hosts a handful of items for sale, from photos to shirts and other ephemera. Occasionally Soderbergh will also deliver some other unusual items, and today’s post is a video called Psychos, which cuts together footage from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s much-maligned remake. Read More »

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If you’ve watched all the supplements on several Criterion releases over the past decade or so, you’ve no doubt seen some short pieces on how the company’s film restoration process works. But methods always change, and the Criterion workflow changes with new technology. One of the label’s latest releases is Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent, available this week. A new short doc looks at how Criterion went back to the original film negative, which was in unusually good shape, and created a new Blu-ray release from it. Read More »

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Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899. That’s makes tomorrow his birthday and though the director passed away 33 years ago, his legacy can still be felt today. To celebrate the Master of Suspense’s birth, Mondo is revealing brand new posters for two of his most well-regarded films.

Tomer Hanuka has taken a gruesome snapshot that immortalizes Psycho, while Ghoulish Gary Pullin has not one, but two, different takes on Sight and Sound‘s Best Movie of All Time: Vertigo. Check them out below. Read More »

The arrival of ever-so-slightly cooler weather can only mean one thing: After a long, lazy summer, it’s finally time to look ahead to the fall TV season. Today, we have new trailers for HBO Films’ The Girl, the third season of Boardwalk Empire, and the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all of which will debut within the next two months. Hit the jump to watch.

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Well, it’s a short tease, but here’s our first look at footage from The Girl, which is the first of two films dramatizing the career of Alfred Hitchcock. This one features Toby Jones as Hitch and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, the model he chose to be the “new Grace Kelly,” beginning with her debut role in The Birds.

As we’ve seen images of Jones in this movie and Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock, the big question has been how both actors will do with Hitch’s voice and mannerisms. In the case of The Girl, this teaser suggests that Jones is doing a damn fine job. And there’s a great feeling to some of what we see here, to boot. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Perhaps no film director helped publicize the idea of being a film director more than Alfred Hitchcock. The man was a canny promoter, and in his earliest days began the practice of making a quick, typically silent cameo in each of his films. Eventually he started to put the cameo right at the beginning, as he knew audiences kept an eye out for his appearance, and he hoped he could get it out of the way so people would watch the movie for all the other stuff he labored to put in each one.

Now it’s a lot easier to see Hitch’s cameos, thanks to the internet. So below, find a birthday tribute to the late Master of Suspense in the form of a supercut of all of his cameo appearances. Read More »

What is the greatest film of all time? Orson Welles‘ directorial debut Citizen Kane has often been given the honor, but a new iteration of a poll considered to be one of cinema’s most significant has overturned Kane‘s rule.

When Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo opened in 1958, it met with a middling reception and many negative reviews. In 1968 Robin Wood’s book Hitchcock’s Films was part of the process of critical re-evaluation of the movie, calling it his “masterpiece to date.” In 1973 Vertigo was one of five movies owned by Hitchcock that the director took out of circulation. Vertigo was away from screens for ten years, and in that time interest in the film grew exponentially. When it was finally re-released in ’83, Vertigo was hailed as a classic and an important film.

Once a decade, the British magazine Sight and Sound conducts a poll of critics and filmmakers to generate lists of the ten best films ever made. In 1982, Vertigo hit the critics’ list at #7. In 1992 it had climbed to #4, and in 2002 it was second only to Citizen Kane.

Now, with the release of the 2012 poll, Vertigo has toppled Kane to be voted by critics as the best film ever made. Read More »

The previously-announced Psycho-prequel TV show Bates Motel just got a huge, exciting vote of confidence from its network: A&E. While most shows shoot a pilot, which is then tested and possibly picked up for a full season, Bates Motel is skipping that step and going right into full production aimed at a 2013 premiere.

The show, which will be executive produced by Lost EP Carlton Cuse, along with Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin, deconstructs the “formative” years of Norman Bates’ childhood. It takes place well before Marion Crane arrived at the motel for her fateful shower, and is described as as “a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.” Casting and pre-production will begin immediately. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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