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on 11 May 2017
Fantastic film! I may be late to the Alfred Hitchcock party as I've only just heard about these films. This is an utter masterpiece! The tension and suspense is amazing. I was sat on the edge of my seat for parts of it. You know something bad is going to happen... but not exactly when. Excellently done. Now in my top ten favourite films for sure!
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on 5 October 2015
Presented on an excellent blu ray edition, this film is maybe disorienting for a contemporary audience because, although it is scary and disturbing, it relies on a genius script structure that needs maybe a second vision to be fully appreciated.
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.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 24 March 2014
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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on 31 May 2015
As a film obsessive it was becoming frustrating that this is never shown on TV. Have you noticed? I have waited for years for this to be on TV. Eventually I caved and bought the TV after watching a Hitchcock documentary. My grandfather who saw it when It came out, said I shouldn't watch it alone! My mum said it wasn't that good (she does not have taste) Its a brilliant movie for people interested in the film business. Its a wonderful example of how a director/writer/producer can influence movies that still have people "emulating" them today. The more you watch 'Hitchchock' films the more you understand them. A visionary eccentric man was Hitchhock and apart from Charlie Kaufman there are very few like him left.
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on 21 December 2016
There are all sorts of theories as to what the aspect ratio of this movie should be (1.375:1, 1.6:1, 1.66:1, ...). There shouldn't be, as the hard mattes and notes to the processors all state 1.78:1. It was shot at 1.375:1 (academy), but it was never the intention to show it in anything other than 1.78:1. This DVD (ASIN:B000ELIVE2) is in the intended aspect ratio. The picture and sound quality is good.

This is really the first modern horror movie and has modern score. The suspense builds slowly and ends in a truly twisted way. It is a masterpiece.
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on 11 April 2013
Sorry for the boring title but anything else may have seemed forced. Psycho is indeed Alfred Hitchcock's best known film and one of the greatest pieces of cinema of all time. The movie can be seen as either a thriller, suspense or downright and dirty horror. Indeed many horror film directors including Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter have cited Psycho as the very first slasher and a film that has inspired horror ever since.

And yet the first half of the film only hint at something like a noir thriller. Performances are all exceptional, though added praise must go to Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.

A wonderful movie from start to finish. The only problem I have with Psyhco's releases are the extras. Depending which copy you pick up you may end up with the invalueable AFI tribute to Hitchcock. But why is it that I can view the unedited version for free on you tube and not have the extended version here? Also foreign markets seem to get added extras, why is this? One day perhaps Psycho will be treated with the respect that it deserves- something like a 5 disc edition wouldn't go amiss.
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VINE VOICEon 11 September 2010
It is almost 50 years since I first saw this classic at a local flea pit, now closed a long time ago. I recall being quite frightened at some of the scenes because although the famous shower scene is quite a shocker, and cleverly done owing to superb editing techniques, there is so much suspense and tension in the film especially during the long scenes in which Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is driving to meet up with her boyfriend (John Gavin) with the $40,000 she had recently stole from her employer.

Moreover, the superb music score by Bernard Hermann has also made the film what it is today, a masterpiece in film making which has never really been surpassed.

The blu-ray edition is superb showing great detail in the darker scenes and there are many. Moreover, the soundtrack has been remastered for 5:1 surround which adds depth and realism.

There is no need for me to say too much about the story since it is so well known. One great element about this disc however, are the extras. The documentary which includes an interview with Joseph Stefano, the screenwriter, who reveals that upon seeing a rough cut of the film, he complained bitterly how awful it was. This was before the music was added, which as Stefano explains, blew him over!!

There is also a revealing interview with Janet Leigh who sadly died a few years ago. This is a must watch.

Also amongst the extras is the original trailer done like an episode of Alfred Hitchock Presents. This is worth seeing for it is a classic!!

Overall then, a great blu-ray presentation which I am sure will please many Hitchock admirers and movie buffs alike.
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on 5 May 2013
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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on 29 August 2017
I have always loved the classic, old horrors and I love this film!

It's a great addition to my dvd collection and for anyone that loves this I strongly recommend the Bates Motel Series Too!!!
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on 26 February 2016
Writing a review of this film seems pointless, as everything about it is known.
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.
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