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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish, French, German, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • 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 (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BEDT78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,846 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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:
  • 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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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 skilfully 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. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. Niblett on 22 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AV1 on 8 Aug 2010
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Markham on 9 April 2005
Format: DVD
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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Psycho may well remain one of Hitchcock's most famous movies, nearly 50 years after it first hit our screens; it also remains one of his best. It's difficult to comprehend, in the 21st century, just how shocking it must have seemed at the time given that, after all, it's de rigueur these days to kill off major names in movies and show horrific murders on the screen. But it's also true to say that for all the "anything goes" attitude that prevails with modern films, few have managed this kind of story as well as Hitchcock does here.

If anything this is two films in one. The first concerns Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who decides to steal $40,000 from her boss so that she and her lover can escape from drudgery. She takes off in her car in the direction of her lover and it must have seemed, to audiences at the time, that that was the gist of the story. Half way in though, Crane hits upon the Bates Motel, and the rest is history. The second part of the movie is based upon her murder and the attempts to bring the murderer to justice.

Even though Janet Leigh was top-billed, this is every bit Anthony Perkins' movie. Perhaps as a result of Hitchcock's real-life liking for Perkins, Norman Bates is portrayed as something of a sympathetic character. He's never judged in a harsh way and we feel a sympathy for him, at times, that we never feel for Marion Crane. The irony is, of course, that no sooner has she decided to "do the right thing" and return the money, the decision is taken out of her hands.

Everyone will remember the classic "shower" scene (which was the reason for Hitch filming in black and white, saying that shooting that scene in colour would have been too horrific). It is certainly a superb sequence but it's not the only memorable section of the film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jaddat on 9 Sep 2011
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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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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 Norman's face upon which is superimposed a skull, this is an undoubted masterpiece. But even before this, the amazing Saul Bass title sequence, which changes in time to Bernard Hermann's brilliant score, is also simply breath-taking! The soundtrack itself has been given a major overhaul and is now presented in 5.1, which manages to preserve Hermann's iconic driving syncopated rhythm while enhancing the overall listening experience.

It has to be one of the most influential films ever made: for example, William Friedkin describes, on the accompanying extra documentary short, `In the Master's Shadow' how he found out how Hitchcock filmed the scene in which Martin Balsam, playing the P.I. Arbogast, falls backwards down the stairs in the Bates' house while trying to maintain his balance, and then used it in a similar scene in the Exorcist. Various other luminaries add their own anecdotes revealing the master's influence on their own and other's films and the massive debt the art of movie making owes him.

Along with this there is a feast of other extras: for the price, this is ludicrously inexpensive and should be on the shelf of any serious film fan.
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