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Psycho [Blu-ray][Region Free] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Anthony Perkins , Janet Leigh , Alfred Hitchcock    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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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 (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BEDT78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,242 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:
  • 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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6 of 6 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons Not To Use A Shower 27 Jun 2008
This simply is one of the greatest films ever, containing one of the greatest scenes ever, the infamous `shower scene'. Hitchcock referred to it as his `first horror film'. It may be far from today's standards of horror following this ever-evolving film medium, but it certainly is a gruesome story. Anthony Perkins impeccably performs the role of a man who has preserved his mother's corpse for a decade, moving it round the house, dressing in its clothes and mimicking its voice, whilst quietly running the practically deserted motel. Hitchcock's slow-paced and deviously manipulative direction is masterful. The fact that the leading character, the famous Janet Leigh, is killed off less than half way through the film, having been developing a `red-herring' of a plot, is a stroke of brilliance.

Apparently, the choice of filming in black and white was a budget-driven decision (as the film was recorded by the crew for his TV show), but actually creates an eerie addition to the sinister effect. Hitchcock was already accustomed to Bernard Hermann's skill and a screen composer, and his skeleton string score is totally seamless in completing and augmenting the atmosphere Hitchcock created. Again, the lack of a full orchestra was probably an issue with budget, but again adds to the unique genius.

With such films around in 1960 as `Exodus', `Le Trou', `Plein Soleil', `Room at the Top', `Elmer Gantry', `The Apartment' (1961 Oscar), the horror `Peeping Tom', and, of course, `Spartacus', there was heavy competition around. Yet, `Psycho', seems to have gained a status as `the film' of 1960, and is certainly a milestone in the Hitchcock legacy.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic! Definitely Hitchcock's Best 29 Oct 2005
By Matt
From the iconic shower scene to the thrilling climax, Alfred Hitchcock's classic shocker never fails to set you on edge and chill you to the bone, even after several viewings. It is definitely the Master of Suspense at his best, and one of the greatest (and scariest) films of all time.

This terrifying tale tells the story of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who embezzles $40,000 from her boss and flees him (and a shifty sheriff) for the apparent safety of the Bates Motel, run by the friendly but troubled Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins, in a role he was typecast in for life). What happens next has since passed into film legend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best film ever
Published 1 month ago by karen porter
1.0 out of 5 stars No Italian subtitles
I was very disappointed as I specifically bought this edition even if it cost double because it stated that it had Italian subtitles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from beginning to end.
No need for a lengthy review of a film. We all know about the shower scene, but the range and scope of the 'Psycho' is so much greater than this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike K
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I got this from Zoverstocks and believe in them utterly, I've had so many brilliant dvds from these people. This one though was faulty. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very influential and the crowning point in Hitchcock's spellbinding career.
Unsurpassed in the realm of gripping thrillers.
Published 2 months ago by I R
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Published 2 months 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 5 months ago by andrada
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 7 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 7 months ago by Miss Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing
"Psycho" is one of those rare movies that needs no introduction, by a director who also needs no introduction. Read more
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