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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZAT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alfred Hitchcock directs this Oscar-nominated thriller starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. Marion Crane (Leigh) goes on the run after stealing $40,000 from one of her employer's clients. Taking a wrong turn in a storm, she arrives at the isolated Bates Motel, run by the twitchy Norman (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. Leigh's performance won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr M Armstrong on 7 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" is undoubtedly the foundation of most if not all our modern day horror suspense films, and although it has influenced decades of horror's killers slashing pretty young objects, not that many characters in Hitchcock's ingenious film actually die. Hitchcock's perfection in direction was in his ability to frighten without having gore present but all who see this movie will agree that Hitchcock's 1960 movie redefined horror movies. Psycho's shot in black and white but don't let that put you off as Hitchcock could not of emphasized the darkness and atmosphere with the films central character Norman Bates if it was shot in color. Psycho is iconic due to the films nightmarish disturbing themes, quotable dialogue, perfect screenplay , the films shocking twist and Hitchcock's brilliant directing.

Psycho centers its themes on human vulnerability, betrayal, levels of corruption and madness making all of the above present in realistic ways throughout the movie. Psycho surprises the audience by breaking major film rules by killing off its central character mid movie. Hitchcock makes use of Macguffins throughout the movie such as $40,000 cash that Marion (Central Character)steals so that the plot and characterization of the movie can be propelled.
The soundtrack of the movie is perfect due to the only composition being that of strings. It really creates the image of helplessness and gives strong impressions of screeching.
Overall Psycho is the masterpiece of horrors in the film industry and Hitchcock's direction is flawless.

5/5 Definitely a must see for movie buffs!
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28 of 32 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. BJ.Carmel on 27 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Sterling performance from Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in this superb remastered Hitchcock masterpiece ! Ably supported by Janet Leigh ( who was married to Tony Curtis at the time ) who probably delivered the best performance of her career as the confused victim Marion Crane . John Gavin was a little wooden ( but I never saw a movie in which he wasn't ) and was hopelessly outclassed in the acting stakes by investigator Martin Balsam . What a wonderful character actor he was ( pretty much in everything he did ). Simon Oakland also played a good solid role as the explanative shrink.
How sad that ( apart from Gavin who must be in his eighties now ) all of these actors have long since passed on.
This BD version is simply superb with minimal grain and pristine images throughout which shows just how good BD can be in the right hands.

Simply superb throughout this BD deserves its rightful place as one of the top ten movies ever made !

bj.carmel
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 5 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you ever read any Top 100 Movies of all time, or Top 100 Movies to see before you Die Reviews, this Movie always features! And usually in the Top 50 to. There is a very good reason for this, as it is the First and Best of this style of Psycho Movie. Most Psycho Movies are over the top and ridiculous at best, with to much Crazy Ass behavior from the Nut Job in the Movie. This Psycho however has a realism and point, that by today's standards is still the Best, & most believable also. As with Hitchcock Movies the style and way it is Filmed, Shot, Acted and Flow of the Movie, have Magic that is all of its own. A Great Movie from the Hall of Fame that is a must see!!! For any Movie/Thriller Lover. A Classic Movie & for good reason to.
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