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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Alan Browne
  • Directors: Anthony Perkins, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Franklin, Mick Garris
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, George Zaloom, Hilton Green, Les Mayfield
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Subtitles: Hungarian, Czech, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 399 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CC7GL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of all four 'Psycho' films. In Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' (1960), Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) goes on the run after stealing $40,000 from one of her employer's clients. Taking a wrong turn in a storm, Marion arrives at the isolated Bates Motel, run by the twitchy Norman (Anthony Perkins), who is constantly at the beck and call of his unseen mother. When Marion takes a shower in her room, a sudden knife attack brings her life to an end. Upon discovering her body Norman covers up the murder, but it is not long before Marion's sister and boyfriend are attempting to track her down. Hitchcock filmed this seminal thriller in a month, with a low budget and a streamlined crew. In Richard Franklin's 'Psycho 2' (1983), ex-motel owner Norman Bates (Perkins reprising the role) has spent most of his adult life in a secure prison, following the murders he committed some 20 years before. Judged sane by a psychiatric report, Norman is released and returns to his gothic family home. However, when he takes in a young, female lodger, the old demons seem about to resurface. 'Psycho 3' (1986) was directed by Perkins. A runaway nun seeks refuge at the Bates Motel, where Norman (Perkins) is still in charge. Unfortunately for her, she has the same initials as Marion Crane, the woman he stabbed to death in the original film, and she triggers off some shower-related memories in him. A fledgling love affair begins between the two, but his demanding 'mother' is not happy with her son's choice of partner and is determined to exert her parental influence. Finally, 'Psycho 4' (1990) sees Joseph Stefano, the screenwriter of the original 'Psycho', return to script this instalment. Perkins again revives Norman Bates, apparently completely reformed and happily married to a psychologist. However, a phone-in show on matricide stirs up all his old problems and he embarks on another stalk and slash crusade.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. WILLIAMS on 9 July 2010
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Psycho - a film that the mere mention of will send shivers down anyone who appreciates the genre and the wonders of Hitchcock. I have grown-up with the film being constantly referenced and it's one of those films where you see spoofs continually for it. I am ashamed to say now that I was one of those people where the film just "passes-by", I hadn't seen the film and hadn't even heard of Psycho II, III or IIII - they are all amazing. This review is just talking about the basic aspects of actual box set, which I thought didn't fail, I must say that Anthony Perkins is a wonderful Norman Baites, and when he's onscreen there's not a moment that disappoints.

Overall, a fantastic film, the type that EVERYONE should have in the collection; Love Horror? Get it! Love Classic Cinema at it's best? Get it! I'm so glad I did!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace on 30 April 2010
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An excellent opportunity to get all four Psycho movies in one box. The first movie of course features the infamous shower scene, the subject of much subsequent parody, although too many focus on the climax of his scene; the lead up, in which the audience can see the killer outside the shower curtain as a silhouette, and the aftermath, with the rotating, drawn out shot of the victim, are both very well done. Some good psychological stuff with Marion Crane's journey prior to her arrival at the Bates Motel as well. Needless to say, the first movie is a masterpiece, but the other three are fair movies in their own right, particularly the second. While they lack some of the insight and directorial skills of the first film, they remain enjoyable, often with moments of black or unintentional humour.
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This collection is a must have for the Psycho fans! No matter how old this series is,it stills gets new fans every time it is put on air! I am a new fan myself,and am glad that I have had a chance to see more of the crazy Norman Bates! Not Your normal hotel manager! He is not the type who would polish your shoes or deliver clean towels to your room! If You want to see what i mean,get this collection for Yourself! You will not be disappointed!
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I bought this for the Hitchcock classic which in itself doesn't need reviewing, as for the others, with each film the story of Norman gets weaker ending with Psycho 4 which I believe was a made for TV film. That being said if you are a fan of the series then it's a must have which is full off special features (mostly on the original).
If you are a fan then I fully recommend Bates Motel which is just fantastic.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Ralph on 8 Jun. 2011
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Psycho is by far a genre definig series.It has suspense,
atmosphere and an outstanding and terrifying performance
by the late Anthony Perkins as the muderous Norman Bates.

This 4 disc set begins with the original movie and through
the two sequels continues the story.the fourth movie is
mainly a look back at Normans childhood and what compelled
him to kill.With the exception of the last two films,Psycho
and Psycho II are terrifying.The 2nd especially.Highly recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2012
Here we have a nicely packaged collection of the four 'Psycho' movies at an affordable price, therefore enabling you to follow the story of murderer Norman Bates from start to finish - what more could you ask for?

The films:
'Psycho' (1960): The original black and white and undeniably the best, this is by far the greatest film in the collection. With this, Alfred Hitchock made an all-time classic. Who could forget the legendary and much spoofed scene in the shower? If you enjoy suspenseful films, this classic horror is second to none! (includes bonus features) 5/5

'Psycho II' (1983): This is a surprisingly worthy sequel. No movie will ever beat the Hitchock film, but if there ever was a sequel that was in with a chance - this is it. It's another gripping story that me glued to the screen from start to finish. It also has one of those endings where you just know that there is going to be another sequel. 4.5/5

'Psycho III' (1986): I have read many mixed reviews for this one. Personally, I really like it and have watched it many times. This third installment in the series carries on from where the previous left off, is full of black humour and lots of 80's slasher elements are added. A good film worth seeing. 4/5

'Psycho IV: The Beginning' (1990): This made for television movie really doesn't get my vote at all. Some people seem to like it but I found it rather poor. Here we hear Norman Bates calling in on a radio station to contribute to the subject of "Why boys kill their mothers?" He talks about his early experiences and his fractured childhood. We also find out that he has a pregnant wife now and is scared that the baby will grow-up to be like him. I watched it twice and just couldn't get into it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2011
Let's get this straight right from the beginning. Psycho is one of THE defining horror movies that was ever made. It in every way justifies its reputation and as such can only be described as a must see/own movie. So the fact that it's in this box set is no recommendation of the product as a whole given how ridiculously cheap it can be purchased on it's own. The only question is whether or not the other three Psycho movies are enough to justify the outlay here.

I'll be honest. Pretty much the last thing I would say was ever needed in the history of cinema was a sequel to Psycho, never mind another three, but whilst it cannot be anything other than superfluous in the shadow of the master, 1983's Psycho II is far from a terrible movie. Nodding to the fact that the original was about much more than purely the shocks, a credible (almost serious) story is weaved around a suitably fetching performance from Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates who after 22 years in an asylum is released and allowed to return home, over the objections of another Psycho original Vera Miles (in another good turn) as Lila Loomis - sister of one of his original victims. Of course it seems as if Norman is fully cured but as he starts to find notes signed by Mother, alongside phone calls from her and even a sighting it's clear that this can't remain the case for long. Director Richard Franklin cleverly apes Hitchcock's original by emphasising the sympathetic side of Bates who can never quite escape his past. Naturally the persecution of those that cannot forgive has the obvious effect and this undoes much of the good work of the movie in the closing segments. Overall though, Psycho II is a remarkably decent film.

Which is more than can be said about Psycho III.
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