Posts From Brent Reid


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The 39 Steps (1935), Part 3

Home video and soundtrack releases Running down and reviewing every official release of the Master’s most popular British film Too often known by many muddy fakes, when there are beautiful


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The 39 Steps (1935), Part 2

Margaret’s Story The director’s best known and imitated British film Many tantalising loose ends are deliberately left hanging Ironically, the most poignant part has insalubrious origins Who was Margaret, the


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The 39 Steps (1935)

Novel and Production The Master of Suspense delivers: the one where it all finally comes together Cinema’s best known purveyor of twisted thrills, drama, romance and comedy Tracking the genesis


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The British Years in Print, Part 2

Best of the Rest Numerous Hitchcock books make mention of his very successful pre-Hollywood phase But most only do so cursorily; few have a sizeable amount of well-informed content However,


Nosferatu History and Home Video Guide: Die zwölfte Stunde (1930)

First ever vampire film was reshot, recut and reissued in sound Methodology also practised by the world’s most famous quack doctor The same ignominious fate befell many contemporary silent films


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

The Master of Suspense’s first international success His own big budget US remake followed two decades later Contrary to popular belief, he actually preferred the original It helped make an


Silent Film Musicians Directory, Part 2

The Americas The most comprehensive worldwide listing of musicians and composers ever published Find favourite accompanists or the right artist for your screening or scoring project There are currently around


Alfred Hitchcock: The Dark Side or the Wrong Man?

The Trouble with Hitchcock: did his onscreen mistreatment of women extend to real life? Many films had femme fatale and icy blondes, constantly thrown in danger’s path Now #MeToo movement’s unblinking


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1926), Part 2

Restorations and home video releases A Story of the Home Video Fog: for every quality release, many awful ones lurk to catch the unwary The Lodger languished in multitudes of


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Blackmail (1929), Part 2

Restoration and home video releases Detailing restoration and quality home video releases of this groundbreaker Shot in two separate versions: the Master’s final silent and first sound film The silent version