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 Normanâs formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.

Starring:
Vera Farmiga, Olivia Cooke
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Bates Motel - Season 1

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

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov 2013
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Taylor on 1 Jan 2014
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
How did Norman Bates evolve into the deranged killer of Hitchcock's acclaimed "Psycho"? Skilfully this ten part season portrays his early life. Ingeniously it updates time to the present, whilst remaining true to the atmosphere of the original.

Newly arrived in White Pine Bay, Norma Bates and her son prove not the only ones decidedly weird. The locals have their own way of doing things. (The creators admit owing much to "Twin Peaks".) What of the sheriff and his deputy, can they be trusted? The activities of both may surprise.

Vera Farmiga makes chilling impact as smother-mother Norma, prone to outbursts and general instability. Freddie Highmore excels as seventeen year old Norman - gangly, well meaning, likeable. Despite revelations of blackouts and psychotic episodes, the acting is such that Norman for most viewers retains sympathy. Max Thieriot impresses as big half-brother Dylan, far from the nasty piece of work he at first seems. Olivia Cooke shines as supportive friend Emma, cystic fibrosis impressively not holding her back.

Not everything convinces, some of the subplots rather far-fetched. Also, the Bates seem unaware of fingerprints, DNA and forensic ability to detect blood stains. (Break-ins are unwise when not wearing gloves.) Note too Norma at the steering wheel, the actress at times needing to remember she is meant to be driving.

Minor matters no doubt, but they distract a bit.

Bonuses include deleted scenes, plus an almost hour long question-and-answer session (badly in need of brisker chairing). Amusingly Freddie Highmore gloats that he, alone of the cast, is guaranteed to survive future seasons. (All others need to check new scripts with some anxiety.)

As ever with box sets, episodes seen in quick succession add greatly to the impact. For two well packed evenings, I was most enjoyably (and gruesomely) entertained.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 April 2014
Format: DVD
Very rarely do I say this about a modern day television series based on a movie classic, but 'Bates Motel' is absolute genius. I didn't watch it on the television, but picked up this DVD set containing every episode from season one. For some reason I wasn't expecting it to be bad, but never imagined that I would enjoy it as much as I what have done. I kept saying that this would be the last episode I'd watch for the night, I was hooked, but eventually, begrudgingly realised that everyone needs some sleep sometime.

Even though it is set in the present day, complete with mobile phones and other technology, I am definitely going to go with this series rather than the dreadful 'Psycho 4' of 1990 as the real story of Norman Bates' early years with his overpowering mother. As the young, socially awkward Norman, Freddie Highmore is excellent, and makes the character seem likable, but as the series goes on, we also see a shy, timid child who can instantly draw in the girls, develop a very dark and sinister side. His mother, beautifully played by Vera Farmiga is a very complex woman, she clearly loves her son, but is self centered and comes with a lot of baggage. She tries to get away from it all, moving with Norman to a seaside town to run a motel. But danger and trouble follows the Bates around like a bad smell, and from as early as episode one there is blood on their hands. Norman also has an older brother, the streetwise Dylan who rebelled against his mother, branding her 'The Whore', but now has to live with her and his younger sibling simply because he has nowhere else to go. Dylan is played by that brilliant young actor Max Thieriot (star of many films including 'House on the end of the Street') and I have a feeling he will go on to make it big.
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