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Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1960)

Anthony Perkins , Vera Miles , Alfred Hitchcock  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 2.0), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IWZ1D8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-release Trailers
  • My Scenes
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho")
  • BD Live

  • Editorial Reviews

    Additional Features

    Consumers who purchased the 1998 Collectors' Edition DVD of Psycho will already be familiar with most of the extra content on this Blu-ray, but the sheer quality of the material makes the repeat purchase entirely tolerable. Nearly every aspect of Psycho's production is covered in the supplemental features; the "Making of Psycho" provides an excellent overview through interviews with most of the surviving participants (as of 1998), including Janet Leigh, screenwriter Joseph Stefano (The Outer Limits), editor Paul Hirsch, and Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia, who also appears briefly in the film. Stefano in particular provides exceptional insight into working with Hitchcock and translating Robert Bloch's dark source material into film. Other previously released features include the scholarly commentary track by Hitchcock authority Stephen Rebello; Hitchcock's radio interview with François Truffaut; newsreel footage of the film's release in 1960, with the director's famous admonition that no one be admitted late to a showing; and Saul Bass's storyboards for the shower scene, which is also covered in a three-minute bit that shows the strength of Bernard Herrmann's score in the set piece. The new material is comprised of "In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy," in which a wealth of directors, from Martin Scorsese and William Friedkin to Guillermo del Toro and Eli Roth, discuss the impact of Hitchcock's work on their respective careers. There's also a brief look at how the film's sound was remastered for Dolby 5.1, as well as galleries of poster art and several rerelease trailers and TV spots. --Paul Gaita

    Product Description

    One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is now available on Blu-ray featuring perfect picture, a newly created 5.1 audio track and bonus features that take you beyond the movie! Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Named #1 on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, this notorious film has become a cultural phenomenon. Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history - the famous “shower scene”, Psycho is “still terrifying after all these years” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).

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    111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Room Service, Please January 16, 2004
    Format:DVD
    Alfred Hitchcock guarded the plot of PSYCHO against publicity, and in 1960 audiences came to the film without being able to anticipate the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. More than forty years later, the movie's fame is such that even those who have not seen it are often able to sketch the basic outline of the story in a few words. This demonstrates the film's fame; what demonstrates it quality, however, is the fact that even those who know the plot before seeing it are seldom disappointed.
    Very loosely based on Robert Bloch's pulp novel, which was itself very loosely based on killer Ed Gein, PSYCHO presents us with the tale of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh)--who, in a moment of madness, steals forty-thousand dollars. Running scared, Marion checks into the out-of-the-way Bates Motel. And there, as the DVD production notes gracefully state, she becomes the most grossly inconvenienced hotel guest in cinema history.
    The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a deluge of low budget and badly made films that commanded box office business via tawdry subject matter, and according to lore director Alfred Hitchcock was curious to see what might happen if he himself made such a film--but made it well. Working with a remarkable script and gifted cast and crew, the result was a masterpiece. Although it is often described as a horror film, PSYCHO is less horror than it is a study in paranoia and suspense, and certainly a lesson in the fact that one need not bother with graphic gore or big budgets to impress audiences.
    Much of the film's success is in its detail. Joseph Stephano's script is memorable for its repetition of verbal motifs and its extremely disquieting tone; Bernard Herrman's famous all-strings score builds tremendously upon it.
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    111 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars PERKINS DESERVED AN OSCAR FOR HIS PERFORMANCE! January 20, 2005
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This film is a great masterpiece of filmmaking! Perfect in every sense. It is Anthony Perkin's masterpiece as well....no other character in film history makes you cringe yet feel sorry for at the same time. It takes a special talent to do that and why he didn't get nominated for the Oscar much less win will never be understood!! Just as Vivien Leigh will always be Scarlett O'Hara, Judy Garland will always be Dorothy, Anthony Perkins will always be Norman Bates.

    The rest of the cast is outstanding as well...notably Janet Leigh as the doomed Marion Crane. She deserved her Oscar nomination for her performance.

    The DVD is loaded with a dandy of an extra "The Making of Psycho" plus additional trailers and bonus materials that make this edition well worth owning. Even without the extras though, this film would still be a masterpiece thanks to Hitchock, Stefano's screenplay, and Perkins' unparalleled acting!
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] June 16, 2011
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    As always it is necessary to say what (which?) edition you are reviewing due to Amazon's policy of lumping all reviews of the movie in one batch.

    The 50th Anniversary Blu Ray edition is wonderful. The special features make up the majority of this package because the original film (which looks great in Blu Ray) is very short. The Special Features include a long documentary on the making of the film and then lots of shorter detailed stuff, trailers, etc.

    Psycho was made when Hitchcock was at the height of his Television career and it was his last film at Paramount. He wanted very much to do this after seeing a review of Robert Bloch's book and then reading the book. He wanted to make it for less than $1,000,000 (which was still a lot in those days) so he did it with his Television crew. He also to have at least one big star in it. Janet Leigh agreed to make the film without seeing a screenplay or even knowing what they would pay her; Hitchcock was so big in those days actors would do most anything to work with him. Anthony Perkins, who was not as big but still a major star, had agreed to do the film with as little information. In my opinion Perkins should have at least been nominated for an Oscar (he did receive the Best Actor Award from the International Board of Motion Picture Reviewers) for Psycho, but there you go.

    The film is about as 'bare bones' as it gets. Hitchcock made films for the public and did not care much what critics or 'film makers' thought. He wanted, more than anything, to have people enjoy his films.

    Even though you know what's going to happen and the 'surprise' ending this film is still a hoot to watch. I still jumped at all the right moments and was very pleased at the end. I watched and enjoyed all the features; even the ones that are a bit repetitive. Highly recommended.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade to blu-ray November 25, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray
    On my 50" plasma this blu-ray is stunning to look at. It was almost like seeing "Psycho" again for the first time. It has been years since I've seen it in a theater, but this is one of the few discs I've ever seen that made me feel like a movie couldn't possibly have looked better than it does now. The picture on this blu-ray is state of the art and a pleasure to watch.

    I do have one quibble and I realize that a lot of people are not going to agree with me on this. I highly recommend watching this movie with the original mono soundtrack. The 5.1 soundtrack is the aural equivalent of colorization. I am not completely opposed to punched up soundtracks. I have heard some that are subtle and effective, but not this one.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars NOT A GOOD MOTHERS DAY FLICK!
    They made a newer version in color, but it can't compare with the original, with no special effects generated by a computer, when I first seen it at the theatre in Chicago I was... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Joyce65
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    What more can I say, then simply a classic. If you haven't watched this at least once you are doing yourself a disservice. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Zen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and great customer service!
    Sorry for my last review if anyone read it. I didn't see my email about amazon refunding me the money for the movie that I had to buy the rental more than once in less than a... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Spvaeitgle
    5.0 out of 5 stars A boy's best friend is his mother
    See where it all began. Always the best, Psycho is a haunting, amazing film. Hitchcock pulled out one of his best here. Young Anthony Perkins is chilling and delightful. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by William Bevill
    1.0 out of 5 stars Distracted
    This rental came with closed captioning which I was unable to shut off. I had it shut if on my device but it still showed while being played. Was distracting.
    Published 5 days ago by Chuck Fischang
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic is always best
    My eldest son was recently asking me about the story of Norman since he is watching the new show. I convinced him to watch the original movie even though oh my God it is black and... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by alane farmer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror
    I bought this because our teen age kids keep telling me scary movies have to be bloody. This has some blood but is very much a psychological thriller. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Cory Johns
    4.0 out of 5 stars Had decent hopes
    I wanted to see this movie so that I understood more about the show Bates Motel. It helped me to understand the show, so I gave it four stars. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Rebecca Krell
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great psychological thriller for its time, but not so much ours
    I'm sure if this wasnt my first time seeing this movie and if it was still the 1960s, I would rate this movie higher. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Alicia M. Pusch
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror Film
    I watched this so I could get a background for the show 'Bates Motel'. It was a good movie and explained a lot.
    Published 10 days ago by courtney brooke banther
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