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Psycho [DVD] [1999]

Vince Vaughn , Anne Heche , Gus Van Sant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
  • Producers: Gus Van Sant, Brian Grazer, Dany Wolf, James Whitaker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Danish, Finnish, Swiss German, Norwegian, Hebrew, Polish, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 1999
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZAN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Gus van Sant's controversial remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller is an almost shot-for-shot replica of the original. Eager to leave her old life behind, Marion Crane (Anne Heche) steals a large amount of money from her boss and takes to to the road. As night falls, and after having driven all day, the combination of rain, tiredness and regret causes her to stop at a roadside motel and take a room for the night. She then briefly shares some food with the motel manager, Norman Bates (Vince Vaughn), before going to her room to relax and take a shower...


Numerous critics had already sharpened their knives even before Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot colour "re-creation" of the 1960 black-and-white Hitchcock classic was released, chiding the Good Will Hunting director for defiling hallowed ground. But this intriguing cinematic curiosity is hardly as sacrilegious as critics would lead you to believe. If anything, Van Sant doesn't take enough liberties with his almost slavish devotion to the material, now updated with modern references. At times, you wish Van Sant would cut loose with a little spontaneity, a little energy, a little something. Unfortunately, when he does venture outside Hitchcock's parameters--with inserted shots of storm clouds during the murder sequences, for example--it's to little effect. Granted, he liberally splashes colour throughout the film (especially in the case of the infamous shower scene), and this is a great-looking movie, but in his obsession with adding a new physical dimension to the film, there's little insight into these characters that Hitchcock hadn't already provided. Vince Vaughn, a robotic and giggly Norman, doesn't crawl under your skin the way boy-next-door Anthony Perkins did, and Anne Heche is admirable if not very sympathetic in the Janet Leigh role. Van Sant does score a minor coup, though, in his casting of the supporting roles: Julianne Moore provides a welcome shot of energy as Heche's irritable and curious sister, William H. Macy is a perfect small-time detective, Viggo Mortensen is studly enough to make you understand why Heche would want to run away with him, and James LeGros walks away with his one brief scene as a used car salesman. Danny Elfman's gorgeous rerecording of Bernard Herrmann's score is a potent supporting character unto itself. Students and fans of the original film will get a kick out of the modern revisions, but don't expect anything of Hitchcockian calibre; watch it for the sum of its intriguing parts, but not the whole. --Mark Englehart,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very difficult film to review 18 Jun 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Ok here's the thing. This version of Psycho was on tv the other night and since I had never given this version a chance I thought I'd give it a go. When it was finished I was left with the question, was it good or bad? I am usually very quick to judge when I watch movies but I couldn't give an opinion on this one. Hence the 3 stars I have given the film. Not fantastic but not terrible either. To try and make a decision on the film, I visited the website, which I thought would be down by now but found it and read the very large part on the site that dealt with the question, 'Why a remake of Psycho?'. I found it very interesting as it quoted director Gus Van Sant, actors Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, and even Alfred Hitchcock's daughter who was the technical consultant on the movie. She praised it believing her father would be honoured that Psycho was being remade and would have loved the project. After reading it all, I took into account the words of Gus who said that the original couldn't possibly be made any better but the aim of this remake was a simple update. This time in colour, new actors and better visual effects. Also for modern day audiences who might never have seen the original to watch this modernised version, in the hope they would go back and watch the 1960's classic. Vince Vaughn is no way trying to portray Anthony Perkins as he made the character unique. Gus went on to say reading the book portrayed Norman Bates in a completely different way to how Anthony portrayed him. He wanted Vince and Anne to acknowledge the original characters but still have freedom to play the character in their own way to. This has made me appreciate the way Vince played Norman because before going to the website I, like many others, was trying to compare him to Anthony. So I leave you with this plea, see the film but visit the website as this hopefully will help you understand why such a classic was remade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Worst, but still not Great 2 Dec 2003
Well, guess they wanted to do a remake of the brilliant classic, "Psycho." Does it work? Eh, not really. However, this is not the WORST remake I have seen. Watch the remake of "12 Angry Men," and you'll know what I mean. It could've been worse. Much worse.
All I have to say is that Vince Vaughn did a very good job of trying to live up to Anthony Perkins' outstanding portrayal of Norman Bates. He is very creepy, and it shows that he did his best. Still, he is no Anthony Perkins.
My question is simple: WHY?! Why did they have to do a remake. This movie was already perfect to begin with. And when you think about it, that's all this movie is. A remake. There is nothing new or different about it. Except for color, more blood and nudity, and different actors. That's all. Does Holywood really think that we hate old black and white movies? Hello! Just because it's black and white does not mean that we don't want to watch it. The original was already a true classic. Why mess with that?
Still, I cannot give it too much of a low rating. Because, it's not the worst remake I have ever seen. I can also think of a million other movies that are more horrible than this. It's okay.....I guess.
But, I still don't see the need to do a remake of a brilliant classic. See the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story told by the first two films 24 Nov 2008
Psycho (5 stars) is a great movie and hasn't dated too badly. It's worthy of its reputation for being a classic.

Psycho II (4 stars) is a solid horror movie with interesting plot developments. A lot of its power comes from the 22 year time difference from the original, which the film uses to great effect. Some of the special effects are a bit ropy (the fake hands that get stabbed) while there are some very striking crane shots in the movie (such as the camera gliding from the attic window down to a basement window).

Psycho III (3 stars), set a month after the second film, is slow and doesn't have any plot beyond standard slasher movie semi-random murders. It's not bad, but it's nothing special either.

Psycho IV (1 star) muddies the backstory and is a bad film. The only good thing about it is that the fire looks great at the end.

I would suggest taking the first two films seriously, but treating the last two as a pointless appendix to the story already told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a stylish remake for the 90s 1 Dec 2007
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why remake a classic ? everyone asks,some slate it,some hate it,but you have to hand it to director gus van sant,hes pulled it off. hes updated the script & even the house! that was brave! the actors are for a 90s psycho,vince vaughan as norman bates & anne heche as marion crane are spot on ! i cant fault it,but die hard hitchcock fans will not approve.
the re-recorded score by danny (batman,tales from the crypt)elfman is in
fantastic stereo at last,a fitting tribute to bernard hermann. the ironic thing is that most of the generation of people interviewed for the extras
on this disc have never heard of psycho let alone alfred hitchcock !
personally i think this movie has found another generation of fans since then.the original is a classic but on a hd ready television & surround sound dvd system this is so close to the original id choose the remake !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let's be fair... 7 Jan 2009
Alfred Hitchcock did such a good job on the original film that it's hard to think that any other version could exist. So when I first heard that there was in fact a remake, I was sceptical to say the least.

That said, this is not a terrible film. To remake a brilliant film shot for shot can't be a terrible film. Where it falls short of a good film is with the cast. Anne Heche is passable as Marion Crane, and William H Macy is entertaining as Arbogast, but Vice Vaughn didn't convince me as Norman Bates, and Juliane Moore's Lila Crane irritated me.

Most importantly, the film, when put in colour, loses much of the tension found in the original.

In all, the film fails to be 'as good' as the orignal, and I would urge you to buy the 1960 version over this. But as film, let's be fair, it isn't that bad.
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