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Alfred Hitchcock and 'The Killing': Kenneth Turan's DVD picks

November 9, 2011 |  4:30 pm

North by Northwest
Here is a chance to revisit some of the glories of midcentury American filmmaking, starting with the director who hardly needs an introduction. "Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection" does just what its title promises, bringing together five of the man's most iconic films: "Rear Window," "Vertigo," "North by Northwest," "Psycho" and "The Birds." See them again and rejoice in the skill with which they were made.

Stanley Kubrick is a director as celebrated as Hitchcock, but his early work is not as well known as it should be. His taut 1956 heist movie, "The Killing," stars Sterling Hayden and features some dialogue from pulp master Jim Thompson. It's very much a precursor of great things.  


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Photo: Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," starring Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant. Credit: Warner Bros.

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