Psycho (1960) [DVD]
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Alfred Hitchcock directs this Oscar-nominated thriller starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. Marion Crane (Leigh) goes on the run after stealing $40,000 from one of her employer's clients. Taking a wrong turn in a storm, she arrives at the isolated Bates Motel, run by the twitchy Norman (Perkins), who is constantly at the beck and call of his unseen mother. When Marion takes a shower in her room, a sudden knife attack brings her life to an end. Upon discovering her body Norman covers up the murder, but it is not long before Marion's sister and boyfriend are attempting to track her down. Leigh's performance won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
For all the slasher pictures that have ripped off Psycho (and particularly its classic set piece, the "shower scene"), nothing has ever matched the impact of the real thing. More than just a first-rate shocker full of thrills and suspense, Psycho is also an engrossing character study in which director Alfred Hitchcock skilfully seduces you into identifying with the main characters--then pulls the rug (or the bathmat) out from under you. Anthony Perkins is unforgettable as Norman Bates, the mama's boy proprietor of the Bates Motel; and so is Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, who makes an impulsive decision and becomes a fugitive from the law, hiding out at Norman's roadside inn for one fateful night. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
In fact, the great Hitch does two quite revolutionary things:
1) there is almost no music throughout the film, which is quite unusual considering how important music is in a thriller
2) the story is basically split in 2 different parts: the crime and the detection about it (I won't say more had you not watched it yet).
As for the rest, there is not much to add (or maybe too much), except that, after 50 years, I've not found a thriller so unique and masterful in the way it plays with cinema and thriller rules.
But my God! how exciting it must have been to see Psycho with no knowledge of the shocking event 30 minutes in.
It remains a remarkable piece of work, and features one of the most sinister performances of all time.
Sparkling detail is seen throughout, makes the black and white better, and a thousand times more vivid than any previous form. Even if you only have a 720p HD TV as I have, fear not, Blu rays of this clarity will still stun you to death. I watched this on a 19" 720p TV, and the picture was still absolutely incredible. Far more clear sound has been added, it was very apparent from the beginning, giving Psycho one cracking new makeover to last forever. It tends to make you greedy, watching Blu rays like this, and Zulu aswell, just makes you want to see everything in that standard.
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I don't like Horror as a genre, but I really like this film. It doesn't seem to age and doesn't seem to get less scary despite re watchingPublished 2 months ago by Box Basher