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Psycho - 50th Anniversary Special Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1960] [Region Free]

Alfred Hitchcock    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LY3P2M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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. --Jim Emerson

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Hailed as one of the most influential suspense movies of its time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho had a profound effect on how future filmmakers made movies and shaped audience expectations for generations to come. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of one of Universal Studios’ most treasured and prestigious films, Psycho will debut for the first time ever on Blu-ray Hi-Def. Meticulously restored for perfect digital picture and the purest DTS HD 5.1 digital sound, the Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition takes audiences on a thrilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh, The Manchurian Candidate, Bye Bye Birdie) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of the silver screen’s most notorious psychopaths – Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins, Murder on the Orient Express, Les Miserables). Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history – the infamous “shower scene” – Psycho continues to terrify audiences today as much as it did half a century ago.

Special Features:

50th Anniversary Special Edition Steelbook Blu-ray – including 20-page ‘Making of Psycho’ booklet
  • Psycho Sound: A never-before-seen piece that looks at the re-mastering process required to create a 5.1 mix from the original mono elements using Audionamix technology.
  • The Shower Scene: A look at the impact of music on the infamous “shower scene.”
  • The Making of Psycho: A feature-length documentary on Hitchcock’s most shocking film.
  • In the Master’s Shadow – Hitchcock’s Legacy: Some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers discuss Hitchcock’s influence and why his movies continue to thrill audiences.
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews: Excerpts from a 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Audio Commentary: Feature-length audio commentary with Stephen Rebello (Author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho”)
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho: Vintage newsreel on the unique policy Alfred Hitchcock insisted upon for the release of the film.
  • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass: Original storyboard design.
  • Production Notes: Read an essay on the making of the film.
  • The Psycho Archives: See the gallery of on-set photo stills from the film’s production.
  • Posters And Psycho Ads: See a gallery of original posters and ads from the theatrical campaign.
  • Lobby Cards: View a gallery of promotional lobby cards from the film’s theatrical campaign.
  • Behind-The-Scenes Photographs: View rare photos showing the cast and crew at work.
  • Theatrical Trailer: Watch the original promotional trailer from the film’s theatrical campaign.
  • Re-Release Trailers: Watch the promotional trailer created for the re-release of the film.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho 9 Sep 2011
By jaddat
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My 16-year-old granddaughter, who is something of a film fan, had never watched any Alfred Hitchcock films and I suggested that she might like to watch Psycho when she was staying with us. I had not seen it myself for many years and expected to find the impact not as great as I had remembered. However, it is still a shocker but, as my granddaughter said, in a much more subtle way than modern horror films. The old ones are the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mummy and Daddy of them all! 27 Oct 2010
By Lozza
Finally, in high definition and beautifully restored, Hitchcock's masterpiece.
There really isn't anything to say about Psycho that hasn't already been said.
If you haven't seen it then Blue Ray is worth spending the extra on!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho 24 Nov 2011
By Pickle
Hitchcock CLASSIC! The music alone is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat! Truly classic film proving you don't need blood and guts like in the films of 'today' to keep your audience captivated. Hitchcock at his best!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece 22 Jan 2004
To compare this movie with the modern "psycho-slasher" is just plane silly. They may claim to be in the same genre but they are utterly different.
Psycho has depth, characterisation, brilliant story-telling and still manages to be more scary as well !
Then consider when it was made and what its contempory films had to offer (big rubber monsters that Dr. Who would be at home with! ) and its clear the word Masterpiece is not an exageration.
It caused a sensation on its release that no movie has ever matched before or since, and deserves to be in every D.V.D collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is pure cinema at its brilliant best. Almost every scene is a stunning set-piece; the precise opening, Marion Crane's unsettling journey to the Bates Motel, the legendary shower scene and the equally gruesome and brilliantly filmed murder on a staircase, whilst Anthony Perkins' indelible performance and Bernard Herrmann's music score - all nervous twitches and jagged strings - rank with the very finest cinema has to offer.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By AV1
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Everyone who has lived on Earth must know that Psycho is one of cinemas greatest milestones! The story of Marion Crane who steals $40,000 from her employer & flees town. On the way to surprise her boyfriend with the money she stops at the Bates Motel for the night & chats to it's owner, the charming Norman Bates. Realising her mistake she decides to go back & return the money but Norman's mother has other plans!!

Hitchcock's 1960 thriller redefined horror movies. Shot in b&w to give it an atmosphere with the perfect performance from Anthony Perkins as Bates. This film is iconic for many reasons, the shower scene, quotable dialogue, the screenplay, direction & the brilliant conclusion.

Hitchcock's horror masterpiece celebrates it's 50th anniversary in 2010 & gets it's blu ray debut.

Having owned all previous DVD/VHS editions of this classic film one thing that bothered me was that this film was crying out for some treatment. It was beginning to show it's age with grain, blotches on the print, etc. Whilst Universal have never given their Hitchcock films the treatment that Warners do theirs they have certainly pulled out all the stops here!!

This blu ray has a fully restored picture that has NEVER looked better. Grain is minimal, the images are clean, sharp & bright. The sound has been remastered to 5.1 digital sound, you can hear things you never heard before. Listen to the rain pounding the car, the traffic from the road, the infamous score, it's vastly superior to any previous release of this film. The extras are mostly collected from the previous DVD collection, whilst the menu is the same style as most Universal blu ray titles.

Also if you purchase the steelbook edition you get a booklet all about the history of the film.

Very highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PSYCHO as you've never seen it before!!! 29 Sep 2010
5 stars for this fabulous blu-ray edition because I highly recommend it! The transfer is pristine. One has never seen "Psycho" in such a high quality. Mister Hitchcock would be really proud of this high definition version! Image and sound are perfect. When you watch this blu-ray, you can't imagine the film is 50 years old. I was speechless with the North By Northwest blu-ray edition and, once again, an incredible job had been done on "Psycho". Can't wait to see the other Hitchcock masterpieces! This is a must you can't miss!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"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 Five Stars
Delighted with my purchase and the very fast delivery
Published 8 days ago by G Steward
4.0 out of 5 stars classic!
Classic of all psychological suspense movies, undisputably a masterpiece from beggining to end, impressive scenes with talented actors and creeping music.
Published 2 months ago by andrada
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular blu-ray transfer of a true masterpiece
From the opening brilliant shot of the Phoenix skyline as the camera narrows in on the midday tryst between Janet Leigh and John Gavin in their `cheap hotel' to the final focus on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by still searching
5.0 out of 5 stars Great scream
Great to have this movie on Blu-ray, with it's extra quality and soundtrack. Lovely to catch up with the movie again and have a good scream.
Published 4 months ago by Sooty77
3.0 out of 5 stars A re-evaluation of Psycho
Believe it or not, I did not know the surprise ending so I had the delight of being shocked by the grotesquerie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss Scarlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I saw this film many years ago, and seem to remember enjoying the story, but this time round I found it to be just the opposite, couldn't wait for it to end.
Published 5 months ago by LOTTO WIZARD
5.0 out of 5 stars A shocker, even years later.
The passage of time has done nothing to diminish the impact that Psycho can have, especially for someone who has not seen it before. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Al-13
5.0 out of 5 stars psycho dvd
got this dvd for my partner was supprised of the price and when watched this film found it to be at good quality
Published 5 months ago by yvonne woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho [DVD]
Person receiving this product was totally delighted with, great product, better than a previous DVD had before, totally recommend it
Published 5 months ago by Elaine Gannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Perkins tour de force
To have watched this upon release in the sixties must have been very special indeed.
Has unsurprisingly dated somewhat and features a couple of wooden performances, but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dave Burchell
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