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5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho - Must See!
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...
Published on 7 Nov. 2011 by Mr M Armstrong

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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...
Published on 10 July 2007 by Film Media


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5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho - Must See!, 7 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Psycho [DVD] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's masterpiece given the restoration it deserves!!, 8 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Psycho [Blu-ray][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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 review just for vance, 4 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Psycho (1960) [DVD] (DVD)
Hitchcock is more than just a director. He puts so much thought and effort into every tiny little detail from chocolate sauce for blood to the painting Norman lifts to "peep" at Marion. All this makes a film which will never die. Although it is over 50years old it still grips audiences today by making us part of the film. He even makes us relate to Norman, does this mean the title 'Psycho' is refering to us?
This has got to be one of many classics directed by Mr Hitchcock himself and defo not one to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Psycho from Alfie !, 27 Oct. 2010
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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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Room Service., 28 Feb. 2015
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Mr. R. Culshaw-lewis (Wirral, Merseyside.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Psycho [DVD] (DVD)
Menu for a horror film: teenagers, scary looking/haunted house, drink, drugs, sex, mask wearing/tool wielding nutter, gore, hero/heroine, end. Kerching! Yawn, yawn, yawn. How ironic then that one of the most successful AND parodied films ever, is one made in black & white. I first saw Psycho as a teen whilst babysitting for a relative. When the all important shower scene came around, I couldn't watch it. Many years later it is one of the only horrors that I will watch. And yet, its not really a horror film as such. Although its hard to find another genre to put it into. A young woman steals a huge amount of money from work so she can be with her lover. Nothing scary there. She buys another car along the way and then - as luck would have it - is caught in a torrential rainstorm. So like any normal person would, she decides to stay for the night at a motel off the beaten track. First and last mistake. I would love to have been sat in a cinema when this was doing the rounds back in its day. The reaction during the most iconic scene must have been incredible. The build up is slow and tense and it doesn't let up. Anthony Perkins IS Norman Bates, a role that I suspect he found hard to shake off. And never has a music score been more relevant to the film it was written for. Forget the 3 sequels (because there is nothing unique to recommend any of them) because this is one of a kind. Thankfully Hitchcock didn't do sequels which is probably why Psycho remains so popular. Even now there are those who will only watch it will their hands over their faces - and they've seen it a million times before. Thats why its a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE, 12 May 2013
This review is from: Psycho [Blu-ray][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Alfred Hitchcock's "PSYCHO" has been hailed as one of the greatest suspense thrillers of all time, and this is absolutely right. This film, this entity, would shape the minds of filmmakers for generations to come and influence how audiences would view horror thrillers. Hitchcock took a simple premise and turned it into a masterpiece, being the first epic movie in that genre. It is original, he went to places no other director have ever visited before and took horror to new heights!

Alfred Hitchcock's landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveller whose journey ends in the notorious "shower scene." It is mystery from then on, about guessing who the killer actually is. A private detective is sent out, then relatives of Marion Crane also become suspicious. All the horror mounts to a terrifying climax when the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

It does have a sub-plot about Marion in a sense, but the mystery and terror really begins when she arrives at the Bates motel. Hitchcock didn't have to do this film in black and white, but he chose to do it in that colour as it would make the film more effective. This made it one of a kind and to make it stand out from the crowd.

This film is famous for many reasons. For one, it is the first of its kind, a landmark masterpiece. The shower scene is another reason, it took seven days to shoot and Hitchcock pulled it off in style. The music is brilliant, being very fitting for the nature of the film. It is dramatic and epic and gives the film character. It's what makes it unique, it adds tension and suspense and ultimately - terror. It isn't the scariest film ever made but one of the cleverest. After you see the ending to this film, you will know what I mean. Everything is concluded excellently, the plot beautifully crafted.

This has to be Alfred Hitchcock's best film, one of his most memorable. He is a fantastic director and filmmaker. Now you get to see his masterpiece in perfect Blu-Ray High-Def. See this classic film the way it was supposed to be seen...
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5.0 out of 5 stars She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?, 4 Sept. 2008
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Psycho may well remain one of Hitchcock's most famous movies, nearly 50 years after it first hit our screens; it also remains one of his best. It's difficult to comprehend, in the 21st century, just how shocking it must have seemed at the time given that, after all, it's de rigueur these days to kill off major names in movies and show horrific murders on the screen. But it's also true to say that for all the "anything goes" attitude that prevails with modern films, few have managed this kind of story as well as Hitchcock does here.

If anything this is two films in one. The first concerns Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who decides to steal $40,000 from her boss so that she and her lover can escape from drudgery. She takes off in her car in the direction of her lover and it must have seemed, to audiences at the time, that that was the gist of the story. Half way in though, Crane hits upon the Bates Motel, and the rest is history. The second part of the movie is based upon her murder and the attempts to bring the murderer to justice.

Even though Janet Leigh was top-billed, this is every bit Anthony Perkins' movie. Perhaps as a result of Hitchcock's real-life liking for Perkins, Norman Bates is portrayed as something of a sympathetic character. He's never judged in a harsh way and we feel a sympathy for him, at times, that we never feel for Marion Crane. The irony is, of course, that no sooner has she decided to "do the right thing" and return the money, the decision is taken out of her hands.

Everyone will remember the classic "shower" scene (which was the reason for Hitch filming in black and white, saying that shooting that scene in colour would have been too horrific). It is certainly a superb sequence but it's not the only memorable section of the film. The second murder, of the private detective, is very effective and the scene where Marion's sister and lover search the house for clues, only to happen upon "Mrs Bates" is chillingly good as well.

Shot with his TV crew, in black and white and on a shoe-string budget, Psycho should, in theory, be nothing special. But everything comes together to make one of the most memorable movies in cinema history. The atmosphere is soaked with fear and tension and Perkins' was so note perfect as Norman Bates that it overshadowed his career to an ultimately devastating effect. In the final analysis this is one of those rare occasions when the film really is as good as you remember it. Essential viewing for everyone, not just Hitchcock fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motel or Self Catering..I'll Safe Cater Next Time!, 28 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Psycho [DVD] (DVD)
Fritz Lang, one of the all time great directors, passed on this film and it was handed to a little known furniture restorer from England, who was just making his foray into the movie world, a certain Alfred Hitchcock. My father claimed he met Hitchock in a pub once in Scotland and they drank sherry until the early hours. Father claims Hitchcock promised him a role in one of his films in exchange for buying him a packet of pork scratchings. This is totally absurd of course. Everyone knows Hitchcock prefers dry roasted peanuts.

No need to explain the plot of this landmark film. Anthony Hopkins plays the lead role with devastating beauty and menace. The pin-up of the sixties, alongside James Dean and Telly Savalas, Hopkins is not only eye candy, he manages to deliver on so many levels. I don't have time to discuss these levels in this review.

Running a hotel called 'The Premier Inn', Hopkins welcomes guests into his establishment and then the guests start to perish in hilarious ways. The infamous shower scene is regarded by some as shocking. I could not stop laughing at how ridiculous it was. Firstly, the woman in the shower is clearly showering in a swimsuit. Weird. And secondly, the shower curtain is a good ten years out of date and looks way out of place with the rest of the bathroom decor.

The film is a worthy addition to any film collection and was followed by several sequels, a television series, a Westend musical and a nutritious breakfast cereal.
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