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Bates Motel Season 1 2013

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From Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), Bates Motel delves into the sadistic and twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother Norma. A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman‚s formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.

Starring:
Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Bates Motel Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Bates Motel Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Bates Motel Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 56 minutes
Starring Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Nicola Pelt, Vera Farmiga
Director Tucker Gates
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 5 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 56 minutes
Starring Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot, Nicola Pelt, Vera Farmiga
Director Tucker Gates
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 5 March 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Portuguese
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: Blu-ray
Bates Motel is a beautifully crafted story detailing the start of Norman Bates' early years at the notorious motel. Norman and his mother Norma are given full backgrounds and really bought to life. Freddie Highmore is simply stunning as the twitchy, slightly unhinged teenager and Vera Fermiga is perfect as his dominant controlling mother.

A superb cast of supporting characters offer various sub plots all with interesting consequences. Nothing is wasted here. from the actors to the settings to the various story strands, everything is given full attention and real care has gone into evoking the foboding atmosphere that Psycho portrays.

The series explores various themes but it is the relationship between mother and son that holds the weight. At first it seems Norman becomes a killer due to his controlling mother but it quickly becomes apparent that it may not be as simple as that. Its a curious story thread that has a lot of potential for further exploration.

A stunning first series that shows some huge potential. A real classy production with fascinating characters. The motel itself is a joy to get lost in and for fans of Hitchcocks masterpiece there are so many fun references to look out for.

The only downside is the series is too short. Cutting it off after 10 episodes is criminal when the show is this gripping. A real gem.
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Format: DVD
I approached this series with hesitation,how could a prequel to Psycho be set in a modern and contemporary day?How much story could be told?
Psycho is sacred ground,one of the all time classic films.Mother saw it on its first release and loved it,she expected the series to be terrible.Well,from the first episode me and Mother (can you see what I'm doing here?) had our prejudiced expectations confounded.The modern day setting works,the characters are well written,the acting chilling and excellent.A brilliant series,I just hope that they don't make to many series and keep it fresh.
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The strength of this 1st season is in the writing and the solid performances of the main actors,two things that go hand in hand when done well to make a production really watchable.

The dialogue is sharp and believable.The plot strays far from the mother and son story line,and in my view that is what makes this so entertaining---we know what the Bates will turn into from Hitchcock's iconic film 'Psycho' so all roads will eventually lead us there........but

........in the meantime they have just arrived in White Pine Bay to start a new life.There is so much illegal activity going on there and the town is so full of corrupt,unsavoury characters that we soon begin to see that the Bates are almost 'normal' in comparison,and cleverly the writers portray both as 'innocents' superficially until the later episodes.

By that time I was totally hooked on the story and look forward to what happens next to our main protagonists which include a half-brother to Norman,a doting female friend,a corrupt sheriff and no doubt more well written inhabitants of the town.
Sadly for the producers it's always raining in almost every scene----the series was filmed in Vancouver not the U.S.!But it is beautiful.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2014
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How did Norman Bates evolve into the deranged killer of Hitchcock's acclaimed "Psycho"? Skilfully this ten part season portrays his early life. Ingeniously it updates time to the present, whilst remaining true to the atmosphere of the original.

Newly arrived in White Pine Bay, Norma Bates and her son prove not the only ones decidedly weird. The locals have their own way of doing things. (The creators admit owing much to "Twin Peaks".) What of the sheriff and his deputy, can they be trusted? The activities of both may surprise.

Vera Farmiga makes chilling impact as smother-mother Norma, prone to outbursts and general instability. Freddie Highmore excels as seventeen year old Norman - gangly, well meaning, likeable. Despite revelations of blackouts and psychotic episodes, the acting is such that Norman for most viewers retains sympathy. Max Thieriot impresses as big half-brother Dylan, far from the nasty piece of work he at first seems. Olivia Cooke shines as supportive friend Emma, cystic fibrosis impressively not holding her back.

Not everything convinces, some of the subplots rather far-fetched. Also, the Bates seem unaware of fingerprints, DNA and forensic ability to detect blood stains. (Break-ins are unwise when not wearing gloves.) Note too Norma at the steering wheel, the actress at times needing to remember she is meant to be driving.

Minor matters no doubt, but they distract a bit.

Bonuses include deleted scenes, plus an almost hour long question-and-answer session (badly in need of brisker chairing). Amusingly Freddie Highmore gloats that he, alone of the cast, is guaranteed to survive future seasons. (All others need to check new scripts with some anxiety.)

As ever with box sets, episodes seen in quick succession add greatly to the impact. For two well packed evenings, I was most enjoyably (and gruesomely) entertained.
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This show has been made with a lot of thought and care, there is good character development and plot. Just like the new Hannibal drama, we know what the end game is but the effort put into making this can be seen from the very first scene leaves one waiting impatiently for the next episode.

I have never watched Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock but this drama is based on the lead up to the films main character, Norman Bates, from when he and his mother turn up to a new town for a fresh start and purchase the motel that was supposed to provide their income. Norman is 17 here and is a very soft, mostly awkward but well behaved young man. It follows on how he develops his psychosis. Even though I know that he becomes a killer the series is made so well that I actually rooted for him when things weren't going his way.
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