It’s a reasonably quiet month on the 4K Ultra HD release front, but it’s still delivering some classic movie viewing plus a recent cinema smash. Find out more now in our 4K May 2022 round-up.
4K Ultra HD of the month
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection II
Release date: May 11
Following the quadruple whammy of 4K treats in Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds and Vertigo, Universal have returned to their archives to deliver us another batch of classic Hitchcock.
Five movies feature – Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), The Trouble with Harry (1955), Marnie (1964) and Family Plot (1976) – and all have been treated to native 4K restorations with HDR, to give us the best visual presentation that we’ve yet seen of these classic flicks.
Sonically, all come with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mixes, as well as purist-friendly mono tracks.
Saboteur, starring Robert Cummings as a man fighting to clear his name of, you guessed it, sabotage, also includes such bonus features as galleries, storyboards and a 36-minute making-of.
Noir-tinged thriller Shadow of a Doubt, the tale of a teenager suspecting that her uncle may in fact be a serial killer, which Hitchcock claimed was his favourite of all his works, includes a 35-minute making-of and various production materials.
The Trouble with Harry not only showcased Hitchcock’s lighter side, it also introduced the world to a young Shirley MacLaine, in a whodunit tale of a murder for which everybody feels responsible. This one features a 32-minute making-of and production photos.
Marnie, is the tale of a business owner (Sean Connery) who believes that he can be the saviour of the titular liar and thief (Tippi Hedren). Extras fans will love archival materials and a 59-minute making-of.
The last film that Hitchcock completed, Family Plot, also had a lighter tone in its tale of a con artist and her beau versus a pair of kidnappers. Storyboards, production photos and the 49-minute making-of Plotting Family Plot complete the package.
What other new releases are hitting 4K Ultra HD in May?
Singin’ in the Rain
Release date: May 4
Gene Kelly’s much-loved romantic musical masterpiece – considered by many to be one of the best ever examples of its kind – celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and it’s partying it up big time on 4K Ultra HD. The image comes to us in native 4K, complete with HDR enhancement. All of the glorious audio will give us options, with a choice between new school DTD-HD Master Audio 5.1 and old school restored, lossless mono. Extras will include a commentary and a 2012 documentary.
Release date: May 11
The smash hit PlayStation franchise finally hits our screens, coming to us at home with a double dose of Dolby, in Vision visually and Atmos aurally. Get in quick and pre-order a very cool, JB-exclusive steelbook version here.
That’s another three (or, technically, seven) great additions to our 4K Ultra HD collections. Remember, stay tuned to STACK for all the latest 4K news.
Want to see what you may have missed on 4K in April? Check out the month’s releases out here.
Meanwhile, have you checked out our 4K Ultra HD specifications guide? Bookmark it, as we update it regularly with all the latest 4K/2K, HDR/Dolby Vision and best sound format info for all the 4K Ultra HD releases in Australia.