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Bates Motel Season 1 2013

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From Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), Bates Motel delves into the sadistic and twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother Norma. A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman‚s formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.

Starring:
Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Bates Motel Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Bates Motel Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Bates Motel Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 56 minutes
Starring Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Nicola Pelt, Vera Farmiga
Director Tucker Gates
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 5 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 56 minutes
Starring Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Nicola Pelt, Vera Farmiga
Director Tucker Gates
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 5 March 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Portuguese
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: Blu-ray
Bates Motel is a beautifully crafted story detailing the start of Norman Bates' early years at the notorious motel. Norman and his mother Norma are given full backgrounds and really bought to life. Freddie Highmore is simply stunning as the twitchy, slightly unhinged teenager and Vera Fermiga is perfect as his dominant controlling mother.

A superb cast of supporting characters offer various sub plots all with interesting consequences. Nothing is wasted here. from the actors to the settings to the various story strands, everything is given full attention and real care has gone into evoking the foboding atmosphere that Psycho portrays.

The series explores various themes but it is the relationship between mother and son that holds the weight. At first it seems Norman becomes a killer due to his controlling mother but it quickly becomes apparent that it may not be as simple as that. Its a curious story thread that has a lot of potential for further exploration.

A stunning first series that shows some huge potential. A real classy production with fascinating characters. The motel itself is a joy to get lost in and for fans of Hitchcocks masterpiece there are so many fun references to look out for.

The only downside is the series is too short. Cutting it off after 10 episodes is criminal when the show is this gripping. A real gem.
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Format: DVD
I approached this series with hesitation,how could a prequel to Psycho be set in a modern and contemporary day?How much story could be told?
Psycho is sacred ground,one of the all time classic films.Mother saw it on its first release and loved it,she expected the series to be terrible.Well,from the first episode me and Mother (can you see what I'm doing here?) had our prejudiced expectations confounded.The modern day setting works,the characters are well written,the acting chilling and excellent.A brilliant series,I just hope that they don't make to many series and keep it fresh.
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The strength of this 1st season is in the writing and the solid performances of the main actors,two things that go hand in hand when done well to make a production really watchable.

The dialogue is sharp and believable.The plot strays far from the mother and son story line,and in my view that is what makes this so entertaining---we know what the Bates will turn into from Hitchcock's iconic film 'Psycho' so all roads will eventually lead us there........but

........in the meantime they have just arrived in White Pine Bay to start a new life.There is so much illegal activity going on there and the town is so full of corrupt,unsavoury characters that we soon begin to see that the Bates are almost 'normal' in comparison,and cleverly the writers portray both as 'innocents' superficially until the later episodes.

By that time I was totally hooked on the story and look forward to what happens next to our main protagonists which include a half-brother to Norman,a doting female friend,a corrupt sheriff and no doubt more well written inhabitants of the town.
Sadly for the producers it's always raining in almost every scene----the series was filmed in Vancouver not the U.S.!But it is beautiful.
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Feel the creators here have messed a bit too much with this imagined prequel to Robert Bloch's seminal story Psycho and Hitchcocks subsequent masterpiece. There are highly improbable storylines involving sex trade andpot growing and Norman has a brother now, and the body count slowly increases through the 10 episodes with almost all the central characters killing someone.

There is no menacing build up that exisited in the original film either and Norma, Mrs Bates, is quite comic in some scenes, intentional or not. Having said all that it is quite watchable with a hook at the end of each episode that makes you want to watch the next. Vera Farmiga is a very good actress and portrays a manic undercurrent very convincingly. However, Freddy Highmore does not convince me as an actor of much talent and gets quite irrirating as the season progresses. The Chief of Police bears an uncanny resemblance to Anthony Perkins (intentional?) and some of the continuity is very poor, especially concerning scenes with rain.

Despite all, I will be watching Season 2 and probably Season 3 as well.
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By Dash TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2015
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I polished this off in two nights. It's that good. Vera Farmiga is SO endearing anyway, but in this she is a power-house. Highmore does well as Norman, and he's got the balance right for the character. It's a great show and I look forward to season 2.
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This review is only for the first 6 episodes & I'm planning to watch the rest of the episodes tonight. Young Norman is played brilliantly by Freddie Highmore, (who looks like a young Anthony Perkins); his mother Norma is played by Vera Farmiga; and an additional character Norman’s older brother Dylan, is played by Max Thierot.

This is the most discerning portrayal of dysfunctional family dynamics. As a writer of psychological suspense fiction myself I cannot help but be mesmerised by the skill with which Norman’s early life is portrayed, and by the clarity and focus with which it accounts for Norman’s behaviour in Psycho. The series is highly focussed in what it says about unhealthy mutually-interdependent relationships, in this case, between a mother and son. In particular Vera Farmiga as Norma is outstanding, as she portrays the toxic mix of Norma’s psychological make-up. We watch mesmerised as the pace of events, and the choices she makes, precipitate her into rapid changes between being over-affectionate, unreasonable, controlling, proud and hard, aggressive and emotionally manipulative. Finely blended into this mix, we find flashes of callous indifference, mental cruelty and martyr complex, as she puts guilt on Norman.

Dylan, the older brother, is an inspired addition to the gallery of characters, one whom we didn’t see in Psycho. In Bates Motel he represents normality. As he says about Norma: “She’s always got a drama, and she always will. She’s like an addict. And when you have an addict in your life the best thing you can do for them is walk away from them…” “You’ve just got to get away from mum,” he says to younger brother Norman. “She’s just going to bring you down with her.” How prophetic of the events in Hitchcock's masterpiece 'Psycho'.
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