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Psycho (Special Edition) (Universal Legacy Series)

Alfred Hitchcock , Janet Leigh    R (Restricted)   DVD
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For all the slasher pictures that have ripped off Psycho (and particularly its classic set piece, the "shower scene"), nothing has ever matched the impact of the real thing. More than just a first-rate shocker full of thrills and suspense, Psycho is also an engrossing character study in which director Alfred Hitchcock skillfully seduces you into identifying with the main characters--then pulls the rug (or the bathmat) out from under you. Anthony Perkins is unforgettable as Norman Bates, the mama's boy proprietor of the Bates Motel; and so is Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, who makes an impulsive decision and becomes a fugitive from the law, hiding out at Norman's roadside inn for one fateful night. --Jim Emerson

Special Features

Consumers who purchased the 1998 Collectors' Edition DVD of Psycho will already be familiar with most of the extra content on this Blu-ray, but the sheer quality of the material makes the repeat purchase entirely tolerable. Nearly every aspect of Psycho's production is covered in the supplemental features; the "Making of Psycho" provides an excellent overview through interviews with most of the surviving participants (as of 1998), including Janet Leigh, screenwriter Joseph Stefano (The Outer Limits), editor Paul Hirsch, and Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia, who also appears briefly in the film. Stefano in particular provides exceptional insight into working with Hitchcock and translating Robert Bloch's dark source material into film. Other previously released features include the scholarly commentary track by Hitchcock authority Stephen Rebello; Hitchcock's radio interview with François Truffaut; newsreel footage of the film's release in 1960, with the director's famous admonition that no one be admitted late to a showing; and Saul Bass's storyboards for the shower scene, which is also covered in a three-minute bit that shows the strength of Bernard Herrmann's score in the set piece. The new material is comprised of "In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy," in which a wealth of directors, from Martin Scorsese and William Friedkin to Guillermo del Toro and Eli Roth, discuss the impact of Hitchcock's work on their respective careers. There's also a brief look at how the film's sound was remastered for Dolby 5.1, as well as galleries of poster art and several rerelease trailers and TV spots. --Paul Gaita

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Made Many People Afraid To Take A Shower!!! June 28 2004
I seen this movie when I was around 8, and up to a few years ago, I was afraid to take a shower without leaving at least one eye open. Then again Janet Leigh was once quoted as saying that she has been afraid of taking a shower ever since she did the movie. But one has to remember this, this movie was the work of the Master of suspense, and I do not use that word loosely. Alfred Hitchcock was very detail minded. He did not just "throw together" films to make a quick buck, but was very detail oriented. He gave 100% to all of his works. As for the movie itself, it's the story of a motel located on the outskirts of town in which people check in, but they don't check out... at least alive. It is filled with horror, suspense, drama, and action. I want so much to share with you what makes this movie more shocking, more "catch you off guard", but if I do, it will lose some of its uniqueness (did I spell that right?) This is definitely not a movie for kids, not unless you want to deal with the possibility of yours having countless nightmares and being scared to take a shower! Remember what I said about when I seen it. If you want a movie that is a classic, and one of the top horror movies of all time, then please get this one. The DVD version comes with cool extra's, including a sort of "behind the scenes" tour. If you have never seen this film, you'll definitely want to put your seat up against the wall so you won't constantly be looking over your shoulder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Melodrama at Local Motel Aug. 3 2002
By J B
Format:VHS Tape
Psycho is a nightmare film. Not because it is scary - because it isn't particularly frightening. It is deeply unsettling, perhaps, more than scary. ''The Birds'' left me in shivers; this one only left me with deep elusive emotions and the memory of Norman's maniacal, psychotic smile at the close of the film, an image which almost twelve hours later has not left me. Any more than has ''Mother's'' voice. I suppose this film is a study: a disturbing, but true look into the human nature. We all could be psycho killers if we had been in his place, and although we cringe at the horror and sickness of Norman's twisted mind and split personality, we find it hard to despise him.
Norman Bates looks at first glance as innocent as anyone - he is really quite ordinary. Who would suspect he is a maniac scizophrenic? After all, practically anyone can acquire the aggravating habit of continuous candy corn consumption, or be twittery and stuttering, or look creepy in certain lights. But the moment the illumined ''Bates Motel'' sign comes into view through the weeping night, it is an edgy feeling that crawls over the viewer. But why? The cabins are no different from many others; in fact they are quite charming. Still, a peculiar air seems to be pervading the place, an air of dread, uncertainty and darkness. Not only the darkness of the hour, but of the mind. Perhaps it is the old house that stands guard of the cabins which is so menacing; perhaps she is protective of them. She looks as though she could reach out and destroy anything which threatened the solitude and silence of those twelve vacancies.
Mother's room is heavy, oppressive in its ornateness and antiquity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?" Jan. 4 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960) is a film that has stood the test of time well, and that deserves to be called a classic. I saw it just a few days ago, and was astounded by how good it was. Truth to be told, I don't generally like terror movies, but "Psycho" is an exception, probably because it is a movie that scares you but also a carefully crafted masterpiece that you can see many times without getting bored.

The main character is Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a beautiful blonde that makes an enormous mistake in a moment of weakness. Marion steals a lot of money from her boss, and drives away in order to meet her unsuspecting boyfriend. Alas, she makes an even bigger mistake in the way, stopping at the "Bates motel". What is hidden there? And will she get out alive?

All in all, this is an excellent movie, the kind of film all are you are likely to enjoy (unless you absolutely hate any kind of scary movie). Even if you are not partial to black and white films, give "Psycho" a chance, it deserves it! Highly recommended :)

Belen Alcat

PS: Pay attention to the bonus features, and try to watch "The Making of Psycho". It is long, but more than worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Mother" of all horror films Aug. 28 2002
An undisputed classic, PSYCHO is the mother of all horror films. Released in 1960, the master's most macarbe film was seen by audiences as tasteless and vulgar, now, 42 years later, it's seen as one of the great lessons in suspense. As Hitchcock himself once put it, "The trick is to pull the rug out from people's feet". Indeed, in what other film before or after do we see the supposed leading lady get killed 20 minutes through? Throughout the film, themes of fear, paranoia and horror are all displayed to maximum effect. Benard Herrman's terrific score is perhaps one of the most memorable film scores ever composed. Imitated to death, the notorious "shower scene" with sharp violin strings and high percussion culminates in one of the most amazing sequences ever put onto film. Other nice touches include the introduction of "mother", Arbogast's demise, and a hinting to Hitchcock's next film, THE BIRDS. Forget the sequels and Gus Van Sant's dismal remake. PSYCHO is one of the greats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars still a top notch thriller....
I have to admit that even being a movie buff that Hitchcock was never a favorite of mine. I understand why he is great and why others hold him in such high regard but his films... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joker-scar
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing
"Psycho" is one of those rare movies that needs no introduction, by a director who also needs no introduction. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this edition
I love this edition I had it awhile ago but it got stolen. I love the extras and the episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents....
Published 8 months ago by Ken Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars psycho
still a great show ..there is nothing better than the original classic version..i couldn't be bothered to ever watch the remake
Published 10 months ago by P J
5.0 out of 5 stars so good
I bought this since no one I know had seen the original movie the tv series is based on. The extra part of the shower scene without the music is worth it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great transfer.
Wonderful transfer of this classic film, disc is near perfect. Widescreen is great for this, fills screen perfectly. Awesome, adds new life to this film.
Published 15 months ago by MorbiusMike
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Universal Legacy
Essentially, I was looking for a version of Psycho with a commentary, since I already have one with special features only. Read more
Published on April 9 2012 by whitefire390
5.0 out of 5 stars This restoration is worthy of Criterion
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VC-1 | 1080p | 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: DTS-HD 2. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2011 by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Hitchcock's famous movie
I think the original version of Psycho is excellent because it is Alfred Hitchcock's famous movie. This is even terrific to see this original version on blu-ray. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2010 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie-fast service
purchased for my son for christmas-he has developed an interest in Hitchcock movies-we all enjoyed watching it w him-he has added to his collection.
Published on Dec 26 2009 by Bonnie Botham
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