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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 (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BEDT78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,809 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.

From Amazon.co.uk

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al-13 on 30 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The passage of time has done nothing to diminish the impact that Psycho can have, especially for someone who has not seen it before. The shower scene in particular is part of movie legend and rightly so but there are other scenes that have almost as much impact on the viewer's senses.

The dramatic music ratchets up the tension and even the opening titles suggest that we are in for a disturbing couple of hours.
Everything about the movie can and does leave a lasting impact- the graphic murders, the view from the motel of Bates' house at the top of the hill, the cellar confrontation and the final scene when we get to learn what has been going on in Norman's mind.

Do try and get hold of the sharp and pristine Universal Studios HD widescreen version of the film even on DVD if you don't have a Blu-ray player as it is so much better to watch than the previous releases some of which were 4:3 and somewhat grainy and dark.

Hitchock at his best, don't miss it. You might never feel the same about taking a shower again !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 10 May 2009
Format: DVD
Marion Crane (Leigh) runs away from her job and life with a huge amount of money at her disposal when she stops at the Bates hotel and meets troubled Norman (Perkins)

When exploring the most successful horror films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho will more than likely crop up amongst others including Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street or Scream. There have been many changes to the genre over the last couple of decades, perhaps the most significant when the genre went digital with the psychologically frightening Blair Witch Project. But as times grow many horrors are spurned with little effect on the viewers who expect someone hiding with typical music and degrading stereotypes, for example The Hole.

Psycho, released in the early 1960's, may have lost an edge in sharpness with technology inevitability taking control over scares but the shock and drama encoded remain intact and is still a favourite amongst horror fanatics and the shower scene is still debated as one of Alfred Hitchcock's best.

Starting off Psycho sets Janet Leigh and John Gavin debating their future and soon Leigh has money and sets off on her own. This act of selfishness and greed brings viewers right up to scratch as her angelic image is far from her devilish actions and we soon have a thriller on our hands. And soon we also have Anthony Perkins to contend with.

Perkins brings a sharp and twisted shock to the story with a disturbing portrayal of a lonely man wanting company and as we see his stalkerish obsession mixed with his bizarre hobby we dive right into the infamous scene and the shock will surprise and entertain you with a swirling and dramatic depiction of the consequences by Hitchcock.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Good day sunshine on 2 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
I didn't know the plot of this film at all (apart from seeing the infamous shower scene on all the top 10 horror movies lists)

Basically, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) goes on the run with $40 000, and on the way to her boyfriends she checks into a motel where she meets the somewhat odd Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

It was really creepy, the atmosphere builds up and the murders are scarier for the fact that they are not graphic, something which I think spoils modern horrors. I guessed the "twist" at the end almost as soon as she checked into the motel though.

Perkins is outstanding, far outshining all other slasher baddies.

As with all Hitchcock films this is a definate must see, highly recommended!!!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AV1 on 8 Aug 2010
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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