Re: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II

Oksana Dykyj (
Fri, 2 Jun 2000 13:47:35 -0700 (PDT)

I'll second that Jessica. If I'm not mistaken this notorious (no pun
intended) Mandacy outfit is from Montreal. What they (and others of their
ilk)do to save on tape is transfer the film in Extended play so the quality
is rotten from the outset. Add to that, that the elements used for the
transfer look like bad 16mm dupes and you get a result that is not only
frustrating to watch but does a great disservice to instructors and
students. It's like looking at a xerox of a newspaper reproduction of a
photograph of a painting.


At 01:19 PM 6/2/00 -0700, you wrote:
>If you bought Jamaica Inn from Facets it was hopefully our good copy . In
>any case it is not the copyright you need to worry about but the quality. I
>took another look at " the Hitchock collection"
>It is something like Seven features for $30 bucks. I could be wrong but I
>would not expect much at that price. Kino specializes in putting out really
>great copies of many public domain titles but it costs money for good
>quality. I am always frustrated when people balk that our tapes and now
>DVD's cost $5 or $10 more than some crappy copy. I actually did not know
>there were horrid DVD's out there until I started to hear about Mandacy and
>others. Just remember if it sounds too good or too cheap to be true, it
>probably is a rotten copy
>>From: Judy Jones <>
>>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>>Subject: RE: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II
>>Date: Fri, Jun 2, 2000, 8:02 PM
>>We bought a large number of titles, including Jamaica Inn, from Facets. I
>>don't know about marketing them as I and II, but most of the early ones are
>>British. Far as I can tell no copyright as broken in purchasing these
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Jessica []
>>Sent: Friday, June 02, 2000 11:13 AM
>>To: Multiple recipients of list
>>Subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II
>>I would be very leery of "volume 1) It is all bootlegs of films which are
>>fully copyrighted under
>>GATT. I actually noticed one of the titles we licence ( Jamaica Inn) listed
>>so I just passed this on to the right's holder. I am not actually suggesting
>>you should worry about the copyright as that is a right's holders problem
>>but from experience much of this stuff is JUNK. I know nothing about this
>>particular disc or company ( laserlight) but DON"T assume that because it is
>>on DVD it is good quality
>>There is a company called Mandacy that puts out titles so wretched that are
>>actually WORSE than the bad videos. As always buyer beware when dealing with
>>these companies
>>Jessica Rosner
>>>From: Diane Sybeldon <>
>>>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>>>Subject: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II
>>>Date: Fri, Jun 2, 2000, 4:52 PM
>>>Does anyone know of a distributor for the
>>>Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II (DVD)?
>>>(Not to be confused with the Alfred Hitchcock Collection
>>>which Movies Unlimited carries.)
>>> has "I" and "II" but I can't use credit-card-only vendors.
>>>Thanks -
>>>Diane Sybeldon
>>>Instruction/Media Librarian
>>>David Adamany Undergraduate Library
>>>Wayne State University
>>>Detroit, Michigan 48202
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