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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, John Marshall
  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZAN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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...

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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, Amazon.com

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katie_Kat on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
For all the "reasons" Gus Van Sant gave for wanting to make a (virtually) shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock's seminal movie Psycho, unless his main reason was to show that he was not, and never could be, in Hitchcock's class as a film maker it's safe to say he failed.

Of course he was on a hiding to nothing from the start, although he might have well gotten away with a re-made "homage" which appropriated parts of the original, as the original is one of the most famous movies ever made. He's not helped by disastrous choices in the main casting. Vince Vaughn's Norman Bates is wrong in almost every sense; whereas Anthony Perkins Bates hides his menace (at least at first) Vaughn seems unable to contain at any point the fact that his character is mad and, or an even more basic level, is just too imposing. His slightly "larger", less attractive version of Bates might be more akin to the original novel but as the novel is, frankly, dull and turgid that's hardly an excuse. Anne Heche may be a decent enough actress but she has none of the star power of Janet Leigh and even if, despite the original's ubiquity, you didn't know she was going to be killed off by half-time her death has little of the shock value that was so important to the original.

Filling the lesser roles in the films with "star names" somewhat misses the point as well. Viggo Mortensen is definately a better actor than John Gavin (or "the stiff" as Hitchcock called him) but in this "shot-for-shot" remake he's not afforded the opportunity to make the role his own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jack firestorm "jazz " on 1 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zombie1 on 3 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
i grew up with the old classic from alfred hitchcock, and i must say compared to that this was a poor attempt of a remake! .. however classic version aside i still cant say that this was gr8. it did not have a scare edge to it at all and the acting from vince vaughn was to be honest a utter dissapointment!... i think this was one of the first films i seen him in and it made me not like his acting much. he cannot play the part of a nutcase at all. his perfpmance seemed a little false.. however overall the film itself is ok. i cant say i totally hated it and i cant say i liked it. hence why i gave it 3 stars. i will recommend you go for the original.
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