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5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho
My 16-year-old granddaughter, who is something of a film fan, had never watched any Alfred Hitchcock films and I suggested that she might like to watch Psycho when she was staying with us. I had not seen it myself for many years and expected to find the impact not as great as I had remembered. However, it is still a shocker but, as my granddaughter said, in a much more...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Special Edition
Enough has been written on the merits of this film. This presentation disappoints I'm afraid. Aspect ratio of 1.85??? As far as I'm aware this ratio didn't even exist in 1960. It was more likely 1.66 so you're watching a heavily cropped grainy and worn negative/print throughout. This isn't even full length. I own an old Standard 8mm print of the shower sequence and there...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho, 9 Sep 2011
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My 16-year-old granddaughter, who is something of a film fan, had never watched any Alfred Hitchcock films and I suggested that she might like to watch Psycho when she was staying with us. I had not seen it myself for many years and expected to find the impact not as great as I had remembered. However, it is still a shocker but, as my granddaughter said, in a much more subtle way than modern horror films. The old ones are the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mummy and Daddy of them all!, 27 Oct 2010
Finally, in high definition and beautifully restored, Hitchcock's masterpiece.
There really isn't anything to say about Psycho that hasn't already been said.
If you haven't seen it then Blue Ray is worth spending the extra on!
......Enjoy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho, 24 Nov 2011
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Hitchcock CLASSIC! The music alone is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat! Truly classic film proving you don't need blood and guts like in the films of 'today' to keep your audience captivated. Hitchcock at his best!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece, 22 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Psycho (1960) [DVD] (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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest film ever made? Certainly one of HITCHCOCK's!, 9 April 2005
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Jeff Markham (Walton-on-Thames, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Psycho (1960) [DVD] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's masterpiece given the restoration it deserves!!, 8 Aug 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars PSYCHO as you've never seen it before!!!, 29 Sep 2010
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Jean Marie Potiez (Paris (France)) - See all my reviews
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5 stars for this fabulous blu-ray edition because I highly recommend it! The transfer is pristine. One has never seen "Psycho" in such a high quality. Mister Hitchcock would be really proud of this high definition version! Image and sound are perfect. When you watch this blu-ray, you can't imagine the film is 50 years old. I was speechless with the North By Northwest blu-ray edition and, once again, an incredible job had been done on "Psycho". Can't wait to see the other Hitchcock masterpieces! This is a must you can't miss!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing, 24 Feb 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Psycho [DVD] (DVD)
"Psycho" is one of those rare movies that needs no introduction, by a director who also needs no introduction.

It's one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and it deserves to be. Alfred Hitchcock's magnum opus is a clean-cut, low-budget affair that lulls you with its slow, uneasy pace, only to shock you with bursts of bloody violence that practically make you jump out of your chair. And the acting -- especially by Tony Perkins -- is absolutely brilliant.

Secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is entrusted with $40,000, which she's supposed to deposit in the bank for her employer. Instead, she steals the money for her impoverished boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). She ends up staying overnight at a remote motel, where the only other people are the owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his crazy invalid mother.

Then someone kills Marion in the shower. Believing his mother is responsible, a desperate Norman cleans up the crime scene and hides the body.

Meanwhile, Marion's sister Lila (Vera Miles) is doing her best to find both her sister and the $40,000, hiring a private eye and trying to figure out where Marion went before her disappearance. Teaming up with Sam Loomis, she begins seeking out whoever saw her last -- but neither of them are prepared for the true horror of Bates Motel.

The biggest problem with "Psycho" is probably that, like most legendary movies with a twist, the brilliant twist ending is so well known that its impact is lessened. Pretty much everybody knows what's going to happen and what is going on, so it isn't as shocking as it probably was back in 1960. It's sort of like "I am your father" or "You blew it up!" -- everybody knows the twist.

But that doesn't mean that "Psycho" isn't still freakishly scary and beautifully-made. Hitchcock's direction is clean, smooth and elegant, painting the screen with light and shadow like a master painter. He fills every scene with a slow-building sense of unease, even if nothing bad is actually happening at the moment. It's quiet, restrained...

... until suddenly a shadowy figure lunges out and starts stabbing somebody, while the screeching violins stab right along. The violence isn't very graphic, but it's incredibly shocking.

As Norman Bates, Tony Perkins gave one of the greatest performances you'll ever see in a film -- he comes across as shy and boyish, with an ineffable charm. He comes across as a harmless momma's boy who's probably never even talked to a girl before. But even from the start, there are hints that he can abruptly transform into something dark and twisted.

In fact, his is probably the only performance you'll truly remember from the movie. Not that the other actors aren't good -- Miles and Leigh give brilliant low-key performances as a pair of desperate young women -- but Perkins is just SO perfect and chilling that you can't get over him.

"Psycho" doesn't need a recommendation from anyone at this point -- it's one of those brilliant movies that has achieved a mythic status. Go see it. Now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Mother!, 5 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review For Higher English, 8 Nov 2011
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Psycho has a really good emphasis on the deeper meanings behind objects that many would just assume are only their for show as props. From the stuffed birds of prey symbolising the intent of "Mother" to the movement of the windscreen wipers as knives Hitchcock successfully conveys the overall theme of psychosis within the movie which is further backed up with the lighting used on Norman Bates as well as the stark high pitched tones of the violins during the famous shower scene.
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