Having just seen the Anthony Hopkins 2012 version of Hitchcock, I don't want to create a lot of spoiler alerts. At best, the movie would be worth the Amazon 24 hour rental, not the $21.99 Blu Ray DVD combo (as linked in the first link). However... if you're a die hard Hopkins / Helen Mirren fan, or love Hitchcock in general, by all means, snag the combo set.
First off, this major role for Sir Hopkins, needs no real introduction to the back story of his character. He portrays Hitch in the prime of the "time for a new role, what trouble can we cause now?" life. After having come off the heels of so many various movies (Vertigo, North By Northwest), the master of suspense needs a picture. Popularity soars deep with this one, as the word is catching up with Ed Gein (true life inspiration for Psycho and Silence of the Lambs).
Secondly, and more distressingly important in my book, I couldn't get over the fact that all the make up made him look like a 400 pound Billy Crystal. Honest to all things bad with what Hollywood can't do. No offense to any of them, but for crying out loud, it was Hopkins' voice, Crystal's face, and a not so slimming figure. Don't let this fool you into not seeing the movie if you haven't. I implore you to, but if you're like me and subconsciously find fault or comparisons in things, you'll see this too. And while we're on people looking like other people, Scarlett Johansson's Janet Leigh looks a little like Marilyn Monroe at quick glance.
This movie did bring new insight to what might have gone through Alfred Hitchcock's mind during 1959, but one thing will for ever remain embedded in people's heads:
Movie rated: a generous 3 out of 5