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Psycho (Widescreen)

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At last--a great American movie available on video for the first time in its original aspect ratio. 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. Psycho gets the masterpiece treatment it deserves on DVD, with extras including newsreel footage surrounding the making and release of the movie; an archive of production stills; the special trailer in which Hitchcock (acting as one of the original Universal Studio tour guides) himself leads viewers around the Bates place; credit designer Saul Bass's original "shower scene" story boards; posters and advertising materials for the movie's William Castle-like publicity campaign (No One Will Be Seated After the Feature Begins!); and a 90-minute documentary on the making of the film! What more could any movie fan possibly want? --Jim Emerson

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great transfer. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the ultimate mama's boy!!! Dec 5 2008
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars "We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?" Jan. 4 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Mother" of all horror films 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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5.0 out of 5 stars still a top notch thriller.... March 27 2014
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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 3 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 5 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 9 months ago by A. Larson
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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars CAREER BUSTER
One has to wonder whether Alfred Hitchcock would ever have done "Psycho" had he and some of the movie's players realized in advance what lay ahead of them. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2007 by J J BAGS
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