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Suspense fans should go 'Psycho' for Hitchcock collection

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  • "Psycho" is one of the classics included in a new Alfred Hitchcock DVD collection.

      "Psycho" is one of the classics included in a new Alfred Hitchcock DVD collection.

 
 

"Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection"

Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest film directors of all time, was known as "the master of suspense." He built tension around his characters, and many of his films had you guessing who was guilty or innocent. Hitchcock loved showing up in his films, and made 37 cameo appearances.

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For the first time, five classics are being released together in a DVD collection that also includes all five original posters. The films are "North By Northwest," "Psycho," "Rear Window," "The Birds" and "Vertigo."

"The Captains"

William Shatner wrote and directed this documentary that features the actors who played the captains in various incarnations of "Star Trek." Shatner has had a long and varied career, but will always be known as Captain Kirk from the original TV shows. He traveled around the world to talk to each of the actors to get their thoughts. They all have unique stories with compelling insights. Featured are Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko), Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) and Chris Pine (a young Captain Kirk in the recent film reboot).

"The Monkees: Season One"

"The Monkees: Season Two"

"The Monkees," which ran on NBC for two seasons, was inspired by the Beatles film "A Hard Day's Night." The TV show featured silly storylines for musicians Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones, and at the end of each show, they would perform one or two songs. Season One featured 32 episodes, along with the hit songs "I'm A Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "She," "Mary, Mary" and more. The second season had 25 episodes and showcased songs like "Daydream Believer."

"Crosby-Nash: In Concert"

David Crosby and Graham Nash have made beautiful music together for many years. This terrific show was filmed live at the Palace Theater in Connecticut on May 22, 2011. They have an excellent band that backs them up, and the songs include "Just a Song Before I Go," "Marrakesh Express," "Guinevere," "Our House," "Wooden Ships," "Teach Your Children," "Chicago," "Eight Miles High" and more.

Available next week

"Barney Miller: Complete Series"

"Captain America"

"Dalai Lama: Dealing with Anger and Emotions"

"Joseph Campbell: Mythos 3"

"Jurassic Park: Ultimate Trilogy"

"Laurel & Hardy: The Collection"

"Maxwell Street Blues"

"The Road to World War II"

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