Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Volume 3

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The television series Alfred Hitchcock presents was a treasure trove for suspense fans, especially when Hitchcock himself would direct an episode at times. This disc offers a total of four episodes from that popular series, all of which were helmed by the master of suspense himself. Universal has not released these episodes alone as of yet, so the sole chance to nab them is within the various Hitchcock collections. Since that means a lot of cash is involved to acquire these episodes, here’s a look inside this volume, so you can decide if it is worth the cash and effort or not. I think the episodes are well worth the cost, but not everyone does, so read on and learn a little more about the included episodes.

1. Poison- This episode has an unusual storyline, but is an excellent installment and my choice as the best one offered on this disc. On a Malaysian plantation one evening, a man is lying in bed reading a book, when a deadly snake slithers right onto his stomach. The snake doesn’t move on either, it remains right there and as such, the man is forced to remain totally still, or risk the venom the snake bears. He has few options and of those, the best chance rests with his business partner, but that gentleman has eyes for both the business and our snake laden friend’s woman.

2. The Perfect Crime- Talk about a cool episode, this one has a potent storyline and a performance from Vincent Price, impressive indeed. Price plays a detective who never loses his man, but thanks to his cases, a lot of men have been sent to the electric chair to be executed. On this night, a lawyer who defended many of the men caught by Price stops by, with some serious news. It seems the last man put to death because of his skills was innocent, which means the reputation of perfection will be in real trouble. But the detective wants to salvage that reputation at all costs, so how far will he go to maintain his flawless record?

3. Dip In The Pool- I wasn’t too taken with this installment, but it was decent and worth a look in the end. A rather shady passenger (played by Keenan Wynn) aboard a lush ocean liner has just learned of a betting pool, in which rich passengers wager on how far the ship will travel in the next twenty-four hours. He sees the chance to score some quick cash and places his bet, which takes the chance that the ship will travel very little, but that seems like a rotten choice. But he has something up his sleeve to enhance his odds, but it could all turn around on him, if he isn’t careful.

4. One More Mile To Go- Once again, I found this to be a decent enough episode, but not up to the same level as the previous ones, although still worth a look. Sam (David Wayne) lives in a rural area and his wife gives him trouble all the time, he has minimal time to relax thanks to her. She dictates everything to him and pushes him around, but that all ends when Sam decides to fight back. After he has silenced her with a fireplace poker however, he has to dispose of the corpse and as he soon discovers, that is much easier said than done.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are shown here in full frame form, which is how they were aired on television, so all is well there. Of course, these shows were made between 1957-58 and as such, some wear is evident, but I think Universal has offered up solid presentations here. The source materials seem to be in good shape on the whole, with only minimal specks and such to lessen the fun. The contrast varies from sharp to a little soft, but still levels out at an acceptable average. I don’t think these episodes look excellent by any means, but when you consider the age and nature of the materials, no real complaints can be made.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included mono options are more than adequate, although some technical limits are present, both from the mono stance and due to equipment used during production of the shows. Even so, these tracks are good enough, when you consider the age and nature of the material found here. I heard no real hiss at all and aside from some slight distortion, no serious issues seem to surface in the least. The dialogue is always clean and easy to understand, so I won’t knock this score much in the end. This disc also contains a Spanish language option, as well as English and French subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains no bonus materials.

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