Palador, the undisputed leader in World Cinema category in India with close to over 1,000 of the best and most awarded films announces the launch of Alfred Hitchcock Collector's Edition Boxset (Vol-1), as a tribute to the master filmmaker. The boxset will be released under new identity i.e. "The One World Collection" and will consist of five of his early works, which enables the viewer to understand how the master evolved as a filmmaker and tuned his craft. The movies in the boxset include The Manxman (1929), Blackmail (1929), Murder (1930), The Skin Game (1931) and Rich and Strange (1931).
A must for all cinephiles and Hitchcock fans, the boxset will come with special discount of 25% on pre-booking at www.mypalador.com, all the Crossword stores and retail website www.indiaplaza.in. The boxset will also be available without the offer at all leading retail chains such as Oxford, Musicworld, Odyssey, Reliance Timeout across India and standalone stores such as Rhythm House, subsequently from February 21st, 2009.
Elaborating on the initiative, Gautam Shiknis, Founder and Managing Director, Palador said, "We have bridged the gap between India and rest of the World by bringing quality Cinema to the audience in India and hence, created 'One World'. The same reflects in the new brand identity we have given to our Home Video Division i.e. "The One World Collection". Henceforth, all new home video releases will be under the same brand name."
Another highlight of Alfred Hitchcock Collector's Edition Boxset would be the Indie Corner section of each DVD, which has an award wining short film made by MBA turned filmmaker Atul Taishete called Rewind. The short film has won accolades and awards all over the world and is also the first Indian short film to be available on ITunes in the USA.
Mohan Polamar, Co-Founder and Joint MD Palador said, "We have started the year on a good note and have ambitious plans to strengthen the various business verticals i.e. production, programming and publishing. With many new projects in the pipeline, we will make more announcements subsequently for this fiscal. While on the home video front, some of the imminent releases would be movies like "Stealing Beauty" by Bernardo Bertolucci, and "Bob the Gambler", a gangster classic by the master of French Gangster and Noir films, Jean Pierre Melville."
Indie Corner is Palador's pioneering model to give great short filmmakers and their films, the platform they deserve. We have already positioned great short Indian films, both of past masters, and the current crop of emerging filmmakers, into the DVDs of great World Cinema Director.
About Movies in the Alfred Hitchcock Collector's Edition Boxset.
The Manxman (1929)
On the Isle of Man, a poor fisherman named Pete is best of friends with Philip, a lawyer. Pete is in love with Kate, but her landlord father doesn't see him good enough for her hand. Pete entrusts Kate to Philip and leaves the island to seek his fortune. However, Kate and Philip fall in love and there's news of Pete's shipwreck. Kate and Philip now plan to marry, but is Pete really gone?
Trying to protect herself, Alice accidentally murders a man. She is seen by Tracey, a criminal. When Alice's policeman boyfriend Frank is assigned the case, Tracey blackmails them. Will the two lovers find a way out in this edge-of-the-seat thriller? Blackmail was Britain's first full-length sound film that was both commercially and critically acclaimed and firmly established Hitchcock as the master of suspense.
When an actress is found near the dead body of a colleague with no memory of what had happened, the jury is convinced of her guilt and sentences her to death. One juror disagrees and, using his theatrical skills, probes into the case only to discover the real murderer in a thrilling climax. 'Murder' was the first film to have a character's thoughts on soundtrack and employs many such cinematic techniques that would later become commonplace.
The Skin Game (1931)
The ambitious Mr. Hornblower outbids and outwits the aristocratic Hillcrest family in setting up blue collar factories on their pastoral farm lands. To keep their estate free of Hornblower's plans and to get their land back, Mrs. Hillcrest threatens to reveal the shameful past of Hornblower's daughter-in-law. With blackmail now in play, the results are tragic.
Rich and Strange (1931)
When Fred and Emily, a happy, young married couple inherit money, they go on a world cruise. However, their richness makes them loose their way and the two fall apart and go their own way. Fred loses his money on affairs with fake princesses and Emily too barely survives. It takes a ship-wreck for the two to finally understand their folly and realise that richness does not always bring happiness in this early Hitchcock masterpiece.
Rewind – Indie Corner
A bunch of three gambler thieves, one of whom is blind, have managed to crack a safe. The safe has diamonds worth a million, but then greed takes over as they decide to play the russian roulette. The guy who survives would keep the diamonds. The film moves in reverse towards the beginning as the opening of the film evolves as the climax.