We invited our friends from Geefts – the gifts for geeks bible – to make a sellection of must-have movies for true film geeks.
Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling and unforgettable classics. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection ($224) features 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more.
From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic (14.85) readily earns its reputation as one of the director’s finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It’s not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student’s delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a “criss-cross” scheme of traded murders.
The “Classic Monsters Collection” ($111.99) includes eight of Universal’s popular monster films, all in deluxe Special Editions: “Dracula” (1931, 75 min.), “Frankenstein” (1931, 71 min.), “The Mummy” (1932, 74 min.), “The Invisible Man” (1933, 71 min.), “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, 75 min.), “The Wolf Man” (1941, 70 min.), “The Phantom of the Opera” (1943, 93 min.), “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954, 79 min.).
Alfred Hitchcock’s screen version of Frederick Knott’s stage hit Dial M for Murder ($24.99) is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense casting Grace Kelly Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock’s Read Window and her Oscar-honored work in the Country Girl).
Experience Tim Burton’s acclaimed, true-life story of the wackiest filmmaker in Hollywood history, Ed Wood ($14.99), for the first time on Blu-ray – complete with an all-new digital restoration, featuring enhanced picture and sound. Celebrated actor Johnny Depp stars as the high-spirited director who never let terrible reviews or hostile studio executives derail his big-screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Ed takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low!
Enormously wealthy and emotionally remote investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Traffic’s Michael Douglas) receives a strange gift from his ne’er-do-well younger brother (Milk’s Sean Penn) on his forty-eighth birthday: a voucher for a game that, if he agrees to play it, will change his life. Thus begins a trip down a rabbit hole that is puzzling, terrifying, and exhilarating for Nicholas and viewer alike. This multilayered, noirish descent ($27.96) into one man’s personal hell is also a surreal, metacinematic journey that, two years after the phenomenon Se7en, further demonstrated that director David Fincher was one of Hollywood’s true contemporary visionaries.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in a tense psychological drama between two sisters, one a former child star and the other a crippled ex-silent star, who are bound together in hate and fear. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane ($30.97) is just camp classic at its best, both Davis and Crawford make dynamic performances. This is defiantly a must have for any classic collection!
Orson Welles’s 1948 Macbeth ($21.99) is an expressionist masterpiece about a doomed man of ordinary ambition who believes an evil prophecy that he will become king.
A skid-row florist’s “mean green mother” of a monster plant is the center of “the looniest, nuttiest, most outrageous movie musical comedy in years”: Little Shop of Horrors ($23.99). Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Ellen Green, Billy Murray and other comedy greats star.