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Psycho (Widescreen)


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  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • Release Date: Sept. 2 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783225849
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,238 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MorbiusMike on June 17 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 5 2008
Format: DVD
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Early in this movie the viewer is told that a boy's best friend is his mother. Is this true??

This movie is a suspense/horror/the first psychoanalytic thriller directed by the "master of suspense" himself, Alfred Hitchcock. It is based on the novel "Psycho" by Robert Bloch, which in turn was inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein.

Briefly, this film depicts the encounter between secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who is hiding in a motel after embezzling from her employer, and the motel's owner, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), and the aftermath of their encounter.

Look for Hitchcock's traditional cameo that appears early in the story. (Note that it is difficult to find.)

The now famous motel mentioned in the summary above is called the "Bates Motel." It's sign is first seen just over 24 minutes into the movie. We learn later that business is bad at the Bates' Motel since it has "12 cabins, 12 vacancies."

About 28 minutes into the movie, we encounter Norman Bates. He lives with his mean, emotionally unstable, possessive, invalid mother in a now famous sinister-looking house (dubbed the Bates' Mansion) on top of a hill near the motel. His hobby: taxidermy (that is, "stuffing things."). He also stutters when under pressure.

This movie has several scenes that are legendary but perhaps the most famous is the shower scene. It occurs 46 minutes into the movie. This unforgettable scene took seven days to film and required about seventy camera set-ups. It lasts three minutes.

The performance given by Anthony Perkins (as Norman Bates) is incredible. Janet Leigh (as Marion Crane) also gives a decent performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 4 2007
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristy M. Ross on Aug. 28 2002
Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 never grabbed me, I enjoyed them while I was watching them but I quickly forgot them once they were over.
I had the DVD edition of this film with the extras and felt that it was good enough but damn those higher resolution blu-ray images. I was sucked into purchasing the new edition and after watching the film on a 6 foot screen I got 90% of what the 1960 audience reacted to. The other 10% was lost simply due to the fact I knew what was coming. The picture is GREAT...the only downside (to any blu-ray) is that the flaws become more apparent but that is the price of a crisp, clean image.
The extras are great, most have been handed off from the SD version but there are a few new ones. All in all a must purchase.
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Format: Blu-ray
"Psycho" is one of those rare movies that needs no introduction, by a director who also needs no introduction.

It's one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and it deserves to be. Alfred Hitchcock's magnum opus is a clean-cut, low-budget affair that lulls you with its slow, uneasy pace, only to shock you with bursts of bloody violence that practically make you jump out of your chair. And the acting -- especially by Tony Perkins -- is absolutely brilliant.

Secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is entrusted with $40,000, which she's supposed to deposit in the bank for her employer. Instead, she steals the money for her impoverished boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). She ends up staying overnight at a remote motel, where the only other people are the owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his crazy invalid mother.

Then someone kills Marion in the shower. Believing his mother is responsible, a desperate Norman cleans up the crime scene and hides the body.

Meanwhile, Marion's sister Lila (Vera Miles) is doing her best to find both her sister and the $40,000, hiring a private eye and trying to figure out where Marion went before her disappearance. Teaming up with Sam Loomis, she begins seeking out whoever saw her last -- but neither of them are prepared for the true horror of Bates Motel.

The biggest problem with "Psycho" is probably that, like most legendary movies with a twist, the brilliant twist ending is so well known that its impact is lessened. Pretty much everybody knows what's going to happen and what is going on, so it isn't as shocking as it probably was back in 1960. It's sort of like "I am your father" or "You blew it up!" -- everybody knows the twist.
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