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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons Not To Use A Shower, 27 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Psycho (1960) [DVD] (DVD)
This simply is one of the greatest films ever, containing one of the greatest scenes ever, the infamous `shower scene'. Hitchcock referred to it as his `first horror film'. It may be far from today's standards of horror following this ever-evolving film medium, but it certainly is a gruesome story. Anthony Perkins impeccably performs the role of a man who has preserved his mother's corpse for a decade, moving it round the house, dressing in its clothes and mimicking its voice, whilst quietly running the practically deserted motel. Hitchcock's slow-paced and deviously manipulative direction is masterful. The fact that the leading character, the famous Janet Leigh, is killed off less than half way through the film, having been developing a `red-herring' of a plot, is a stroke of brilliance.

Apparently, the choice of filming in black and white was a budget-driven decision (as the film was recorded by the crew for his TV show), but actually creates an eerie addition to the sinister effect. Hitchcock was already accustomed to Bernard Hermann's skill and a screen composer, and his skeleton string score is totally seamless in completing and augmenting the atmosphere Hitchcock created. Again, the lack of a full orchestra was probably an issue with budget, but again adds to the unique genius.

With such films around in 1960 as `Exodus', `Le Trou', `Plein Soleil', `Room at the Top', `Elmer Gantry', `The Apartment' (1961 Oscar), the horror `Peeping Tom', and, of course, `Spartacus', there was heavy competition around. Yet, `Psycho', seems to have gained a status as `the film' of 1960, and is certainly a milestone in the Hitchcock legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece, 22 Jan 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular blu-ray transfer of a true masterpiece, 24 Mar 2014
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From the opening brilliant shot of the Phoenix skyline as the camera narrows in on the midday tryst between Janet Leigh and John Gavin in their `cheap hotel' to the final focus on Norman's face upon which is superimposed a skull, this is an undoubted masterpiece. But even before this, the amazing Saul Bass title sequence, which changes in time to Bernard Hermann's brilliant score, is also simply breath-taking! The soundtrack itself has been given a major overhaul and is now presented in 5.1, which manages to preserve Hermann's iconic driving syncopated rhythm while enhancing the overall listening experience.

It has to be one of the most influential films ever made: for example, William Friedkin describes, on the accompanying extra documentary short, `In the Master's Shadow' how he found out how Hitchcock filmed the scene in which Martin Balsam, playing the P.I. Arbogast, falls backwards down the stairs in the Bates' house while trying to maintain his balance, and then used it in a similar scene in the Exorcist. Various other luminaries add their own anecdotes revealing the master's influence on their own and other's films and the massive debt the art of movie making owes him.

Along with this there is a feast of other extras: for the price, this is ludicrously inexpensive and should be on the shelf of any serious film fan.
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic! Definitely Hitchcock's Best, 29 Oct 2005
This review is from: Psycho (1960) [DVD] (DVD)
From the iconic shower scene to the thrilling climax, Alfred Hitchcock's classic shocker never fails to set you on edge and chill you to the bone, even after several viewings. It is definitely the Master of Suspense at his best, and one of the greatest (and scariest) films of all time.

This terrifying tale tells the story of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who embezzles $40,000 from her boss and flees him (and a shifty sheriff) for the apparent safety of the Bates Motel, run by the friendly but troubled Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins, in a role he was typecast in for life). What happens next has since passed into film legend.

IF YOU ARE A HITCHCOCK (OR GENERAL THRILLER) FAN, DO NOT MISS THIS!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!, 2 Sep 2008
This review is from: Psycho (1960) [DVD] (DVD)
I didn't know the plot of this film at all (apart from seeing the infamous shower scene on all the top 10 horror movies lists)

Basically, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) goes on the run with $40 000, and on the way to her boyfriends she checks into a motel where she meets the somewhat odd Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

It was really creepy, the atmosphere builds up and the murders are scarier for the fact that they are not graphic, something which I think spoils modern horrors. I guessed the "twist" at the end almost as soon as she checked into the motel though.

Perkins is outstanding, far outshining all other slasher baddies.

As with all Hitchcock films this is a definate must see, highly recommended!!!
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22 of 26 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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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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