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Bates Motel: Season 1 (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) (2013)

Vera Farmiga , Freddie Highmore  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 435 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Paley Center Panel Discussion with the Cast and Creative Team

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the producers of Lost and Friday Night Lights comes a modern day prequel to the iconic horror film Psycho.  After finding his father dead, teenager Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and his mother, Norma (Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga), purchase a motel and move to White Pine Bay in search of a new life, but they soon discover this idyllic seaside town hides some deadly secrets.  Unable to trust anyone but each other, the two indulge in a deeply twisted relationship that raises the question: does mother really know best?  Watch every episode back-to-back and uninterrupted of the murderously suspenseful drama that tells the story behind one of the most iconic characters in movie history.

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    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Psycho, Batman! September 22, 2013
    By Stella
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I'm kind of curious about some of the one star reviews here that rate it low based on the "violence and murder." What did these reviewers expect from show based on "Psycho?" A sweet tale about a boy and his mom? I mwan come on! These people should have known what they were getting themselves into right from the beginning. It's based on the most classic of classic horror films!


    I'll admit, I was wary of this one when I saw the very first promo for it online. You don't mess with classics, and by all accounts, Hitchcock's "Psycho" is about as classic as it gets. Even more concerning was the apparent modernization of the tale. But the more I saw, the more intrigued I became. There was something about that creepy little smile of Freddie Highmore's that made me deeply curious.

    I have to say, the first episode hooked me. Highmore plays young Norman Bates and his quirks with a creepy subtlety that pays homage Anthony Perkins performance in the original. He's humble, naïve, polite and mild mannered yet you can see that budding psychotic fighting to come through pretty early on. It's in no way overdone, and Norman is completely unaware of this other self. Yet you can sympathize with the kid. He's socially awkward and sometimes blunt and inappropriate, but even then, you can't hate him. Maybe it's knowing what he becomes that makes it sympathetic, knowing that this smart (mostly) nice kid has such a fate in store for him. Maybe it's just Highmore's portrayal of him, or a little of both. Either way, his journey into psychosis is a nuanced slow burn rather than an outright explosion. You can see it building slowly alongside the building tension from episode to episode, a little at a time.
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    44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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    Well after actually watching the first 3 episodes I can safely say that this is a truly creepy show :) The story seems good, the actors are almost perfect for their parts and Norman is slowly becoming the guy we all know and love (creepy!).

    I think this show is going to make it if the writers don't get cold feet and start making it politically correct and less violent since this is about a person who will become a murdering psycho (ignoring the fact it is set in the present day rather than in the past) so we EXPECT him to do evil things sooner or later and his Mom's level of affection is plain uncomfortable (I did not want to overuse the word creepy again but she makes my skin crawl a bit)

    This is MUCh more than a story about Norman getting older and stabbing a girl in the shower, this is a whole new series based on the premise of the motion picture but since it is set in the present day obviously it is not the same story exactly :) This is good storytelling.

    Enjoy the newest reimagining of a great story.

    UPDATE: Well just to repeat what another reviewer has said, this show really DOES get better with each episode, the first couple of episodes I thought were pretty good but by the end of episode 4 I was addicted and they keep getting better.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    I was born after Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" hit the theaters, so I missed all the hype and promotional gimmicks, such as "No one will be admitted to the theater after the film has begun" and "Don't give away the ending" and the dramatic and traumatic trailers. When I saw the film for the first time, I had no idea that Janet Leigh was a huge star and how it was a Hollywood no-no to kill off the major star during the first reel. However, I did know the big revelation at the end before I saw the picture.

    Still, the movie was spell-binding. The photography, the movement of the camera, the lighting, and especially the use of shadows gave the film a very creepy atmosphere of inescapable isolation. Combining that with subtle sound effects and a hair-raising score, the film became the perfect setting in which to tell a bone-chilling story using interesting characters. All that was needed was a great script and great actors to play the characters.

    Based on the novel by Robert Bloch who was inspired by Wisconsin murderer Ed Gain, the screenplay's adaptation went to Joseph Stefano, who later helped develop the "Outer Limits" series. Stefano fleshed out the characters as best he could given the rather limiting format of a script. Hitchcock, who directed the film, added even more dimension to each character by envisioning every nuance and manner each would possess.

    Hitchcock's casting was brilliant. He was very exacting and gave actors very little elbow room when it came to straying from his very precise direction. But his actors were strong enough and talented enough to allow their characters to come across as "real people," rather than as robots programmed to speak and move according to Hitchcock's instructions.
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    18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Intense March 27, 2013
    By I. Ruiz
    Bates motel is promising I like it, it has a lot of suspense, I am already hook to it. The show focuses on the relationship between Norman Bates and his living mother, Norma. Norman is played by Freddie Highmore who starred in the 2005 movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and Norma is played by Vera Farmiga,'Bates Motel,examines Norman Bates' upbringing and the events that will ultimately mold him into a cross-dressing murderer with dual personalities."
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite TV Show!
    Whoever thought up the idea to make a prequel of Psycho is a genius; the writers are geniuses; the actors are geniuses; I am in love with this show! Character development rocks! Read more
    Published 3 hours ago by Handlingsin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
    Awesome! Great story, great acting, great show.It's like a good book you can't put down. What will happen next? Full of mystery and suspense.
    Published 1 day ago by Dawn Billingsley
    1.0 out of 5 stars Love the series but 2 of 3 disks missing
    I awaited this series but when it arrived 2 of the three disks were missing. This is shipped from Anchor Media through Amazon and they should be made aware that their disks sets... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Mike A.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Norman,Norman,Norma
    With a mother like Norma it's no wonder Norman grew up to like motel showers. Seriously great fun to watch anytime.
    Published 3 days ago by Old Bulldog
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worth checking out!
    Before watching the first episode, I had my reservations about the show. Was it supposed to be geared towards a younger audience? Was it supposed to be dark? Read more
    Published 7 days ago by T.S. Charles (author of Consumed)
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Show
    This is currently one of my favorite TV shows on television right now. It's not supposed to be just like the movie but they incorporate similarities. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Ryan Pritchard
    5.0 out of 5 stars still watching this season but its great
    I really like the spin-off murderer tv shows that attempt to portray the "normality" and slowly progress to show how they could reach the mental state they had with the... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Heather Scott
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Very disturbing but great show! To everybody giving this show negative reviews because of how disturbing it is....What do you do, just watch shows at random? It is Bates motel! Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Tim Case
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show!
    Saw a few episodes and knew I had to have this! Great quality! Awesome show! I can watch this all day long
    Published 10 days ago by Meghan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Norma and Norman
    Just forget everything you thought this show would be about. This show is so much better than you can anticipate. Norma and Norman have this interesting, complex relationship. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Rafael
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