Hitchcock 2012

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Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director in this biopic that chronicles the personal and professional relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of his 1960 classic 'Psycho'. It's 1959 and, increasingly worried about his relevance, Hitchcock decides a change of direction is what is needed. He settles on adapting Robert Bloch's true crime novel 'Psycho', despite the protestations of both Alma and Paramount President Barney Balaban (Richard Portnow). Having to mortgage their house to pay for the film, Alma's initial opposition soon gives way to support, as she dutifully throws herself fully behind the project. But as her husband begins to indulge himself in his trademark flights of fancy with a variety of blonde stars, Alma, whilst trying to keep the marriage on the rails, is determined that her own needs take centre stage.

Starring:
Ralph Macchio, Helen Mirren
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Ralph Macchio, Helen Mirren, Danny Huston, Kurtwood Smith, Toni Collette, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Biel
Director Sacha Gervasi
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 16 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Ralph Macchio, Helen Mirren, Danny Huston, Kurtwood Smith, Toni Collette, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Biel
Director Sacha Gervasi
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 16 August 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
Format: DVD
This film centers on the life of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) during the production of "Psycho." In many ways it was more about her than him. The couple turned in Oscar worthy performances. The film showed us how Hitchcock immersed himself into the production, balancing his professional and personal life.

The film was masterfully written and directed utilizing the famous Hitchcock wit, sexual innuendos, profile, music, and asides.

How great is this film? Consider the fact that Jessica Biel accepted a tertiary female billing just to be in it. James D'Arcy played an excellent Anthony Perkins and Scarlett Johansson did not disappoint as Janet Leigh. This is a must for Hitchcock fans as it shows "the master" in a good human light. The climax scene of Hitchcock in the theater viewing the audience during the showing of his film was worth the price of the DVD alone.

I was however disappointed to find out the script writers missed on a factual point. Janet Leigh famously wore a flesh colored body suit during the shower scene. Her breast could not have possibly have shown in any film frame that needed to be edited. What were they thinking?

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2013
Format: DVD
The opening scene of Hitchcock is smart, wicked and dryly funny. It promises something which most of what follows doesn't deliver. Hitchcock, alas, isn't an intriguing biopic or sharp black comedy, both of which it could have been, but a light romantic drama. Why? I don't know. Maybe the producers wanted it to be more marketable. The tagline gives the film's ambitions away: "behind every Psycho is a great woman". It's more about Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, and her (alleged?) temptation by the novelist Whitfield Cook. Though it's not as bad, Hitchcock the film has the same flaws as Sylvia, the 2003 biopic of Sylvia Plath: it's just a brightly coloured period piece propelled by a weak soap opera plot. While it's nice that the film acknowledges Alma's relevance to Hitchcock's work, which I'm sure was very considerable, this is a story about the making of Psycho, one of the most important thrillers in cinema, yet it's explored on the level of a Hugh Grant rom com. The best bits are when Hitchcock imagines the life of Ed Gein, the serial killer whose crimes Psycho was inspired by, and "interacts" with him. These scenes have a dark, macabre energy, which are then deflated by scenes of Alma being tempted by Cook, which outnumber the former scenes 2 to 1. Apparently the filmmakers thought we'd be more interested in a hackneyed "will they/won't they" plot than the dreams and obsessions of a historical figure.

As a biopic, however, what raises Hitchcock above the likes of Sylvia is its excellent cast. Anthony Hopkins is so good as Alfred Hitchcock that I forgot I was watching the former and not the latter. The makeup and costuming's great, of course, but what really distinguishes this performance, I think, is the voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 24 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This film concentrates on the making of Psycho, rather than trying to cover more of his life. Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock, and Helen Mirren plays another brilliant part as his wife, Alma. Anthony Hopkins plays the part to near perfection. It tells of the battles he had in getting Psycho made and his battles with the studio, and finally the release, and the problems with the American censor.

I had watched the trailer, and the colour tones and contrast were not that good, because this film was filmed on video, rather than film. So I bought it with a little trepidation. Fear not, the quality is outstanding. Watching this film it's hard to notice it was shot on video and not film.

Colour and contrast are spot on, and the image is pin sharp. There is not much going on if you have a digital sound system, but that's not a criticism, just an observation. This film didn't do well at the box office, but is still a decent enough movie. It may not appeal to everyone, but if you have an interest in the movie industry or like Alfred Hitchcock, then you should enjoy this.

The film has been transferred to blu ray in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
And the soundtrack is 5.1.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 23 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Despite the attempt to mimic Hitchcock's distinctive London drawl, and the prosthetics, Hopkins never really does better than a decent caricature and Helen Mirren is far too robust as Alma Revill. And despite the sometimes clever-clever references, they are never enough or really clever enough to convince those with even a rudimentary knowledge of Hitchcock's oeuvre that the director/writers have much in-depth knowledge of his films (or even THE film) to be successful. The thing should have been replete with references, not just a few. The love-story sub-plot just isn't believable, even if true, and there is no suspense beyond a bit of a domestic of the Terry and June kind. Therefore the form does not fit the subject matter. Disappointingly frail film not worthy of its subject. Only James D'Arcy convinces in his brief scenes as Tony Perkins. Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson are nothing like Vera Miles and Janet Leigh - both far too tweely 21st century upturned-nosey types.
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