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Psycho II / Psycho III / Psycho IV - The Beginning (Triple Feature) (1983)

Anthony Perkins , Meg Tilly , Anthony Perkins , Mick Garris  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Meg Tilly, Diana Scarwid, Henry Thomas, Vera Miles
  • Directors: Anthony Perkins, Mick Garris, Richard Franklin
  • Writers: Charles Edward Pogue, Tom Holland
  • Producers: Hilton A. Green
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 303 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66Q8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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PSYCHO II After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) still can't quite elude the demands of "Mother." Vera Miles also returns as the inquisitive woman who is haunted by her sister's brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred. Meg Tilly and Dennis Franz co-star in this terrifying sequel to tone of the most suspenseful films of all time. PSYCHO III Anthony Perkins stars in and directs the most shocking Psycho film of all: Psycho III. After years in prison, Norman Bates returns home to the Bates Motel. When a pretty young woman (Diana Scarwid) runs to the motel - and Norman's open arms - to escape a scandalous secret, he finally gets a chance at a new life. But he has one murderous skeleton in his closet that will do anything not to share him. It's a new day at the Bates Motel, but the nightmares are just beginning… PSYCHO IV THE BEGINNING In this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is drawn to a late night radio show, where the host (C.C.H. Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide - the murder of a mother by her own child. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trails as a young boy (Henry Thomas) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Olivia Hussey). These haunting memories are more than just images of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in this spine-chilling thriller.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A double-dip, but worth the trip! September 13, 2007
Format:DVD
It's true: Universal just got around to releasing decent DVD's of Psycho II and III last year. But this set marks the DVD debut of the often-overlooked Psycho IV. So yes, it is a bit redundant for fans who already own 2 out of the 3 films here. But at such a low price, I think it's worth it.

Psycho IV: The Beginning was made for the Showtime cable network in 1990. The film was released on VHS the following year, but that tape has long been out-of-print. The film itself achieves something quite amazing, considering (1) It's the fourth film in a series, and (2) it's a made-for-t.v. movie--not usually the mark of quality entertainment. It was written by Joseph Stefano, who penned the classic Hitchock-directed original based (loosely) on Robert Bloch's novel. At the time Psycho IV was made, Stefano was open about his distaste for the previous sequels, which were made without his involvement. But for fans worried about continuity, the film doesn't really ignore the events of Psycho II and III. . .it just doesn't dwell on them.

Fans of the previous films might also be concerned (SPOILERS AHEAD) about Anthony Perkins' reduced screen time, since about 70% of the story is composed of flashback to Norman's younger days. But the script gives Perkins some great dialogue, most of it between Bates and the late-night radio talk-show host he's called. And Stefano--himself a long-time recipient of psychoanalysis--fills Bates' backstory with moments of both cruelty and, in rare moments, subtle beauty.

For the uninititated, parts II and III are also fine sequels (take THAT, Mr. Stefano). Psycho II is the more well-regarded, with its slow-building suspense and more restrained approach.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Twenty-two years after Alfred Hitchcock unleashed Norman Bates to the world, Anthony Perkins returned in his signature role in the first of the sequels: Psycho II. Directed by Richard Franklin, it is a handsome production and repeats some of the same thrills, although bloodier, as the original. Vera Miles returns as "Lila Loomis," sister of "Marion Crane," the famous shower victim played by the late Janet Leigh. Jerry Goldsmith provides a slick score that is surprisingly romantic at points, not as nerve-wracking as Herrmann's schizophrenic strings.

Released three years after the first sequel, "Psycho III" provided Perkins the chance to not just star in but direct the film. Perkins decided to have a little fun with the assignment and had some lighter and somewhat humorous touches along with the murderous mayhem. Though released theatrically, "Psycho III" looks more like a television film and, with a few edits here and there, could have aired with a disclaimer or two. Diana Scarwid co-stars as a defrocked nun, the subject of Bates' passions.

1990's "Psycho IV" originally aired as a production on the Showtime cable network. It is a well-acted look at the events that initiated Norman Bates' (Perkins again) actions. The always dependable C.C.H. Pounder is great as a radio personality that gets to the "root" of Norman. Olivia Hussey is just the right blend of beauty and paranoia as Norma Bates. Henry Thomas captures the nuances and physical movements of Perkins in his role as Norman in the flashback sequences.

A major coup for the telefilm is the fact that it utilizes much of Herrmann's music, along with new cues by Graeme Revell.

Director John Landis appears as the station manager where Pounder's character works.

Though the films pale in comparison to Sir Alfred's masterpiece, they each boast something noteworthy and entertaining...and Perkins IS along for the ride.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Mother June 24, 2007
Format:DVD
It's about time that Universal woke up and released Psycho 4 on dvd in region 1. I have been waiting since 1999 for this. It really should have been released by it's self or in a box set with all four films, but I'll take what I can get. Thank God I can finish the psycho collection!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Fantastic Deal on a Hollywood Classic!" March 30, 2009
Format:DVD
There is no arguing about the deal that we consumers get with this amazing DVD set; we get all three follow-up films in the "Psycho" series. If you already have the original "Psycho" I highly recommend buying this set. Buying the films seperately will cost more money, and in this case all the films come beautifully restored with superb audio.
"Psycho 2" is really one of the best sequels in Hollywood history, as we see Norman Bates being released from prison after 20 years. Anthony Perkins, who reprises his role in all the films, is magnificent, and Vera Miles returns in the second film, who is determined to prove Norman is still the murderer he always was. Part 3 features Diana Scarwid, from "Mommie Dearest", who encounters Norman at the hotel. They become friends as secrets of their pasts binds them. Perkins also directed the third installment. The final movie, Part 4, originally aired on cable television in 1990, and is the lesser known of the films, but it's still a great piece of film work. In this we see why Norman became the killer he was, as the film explores child abuse. Norman's mother is depicted as a crazed, abrasive, and sexually promiscuos slut who never tires of heaping scorn on her son. I have to say the woman who plays the mother in this is quite an actress.
This DVD set should be included in everyone's DVD library. Also, you must purchase the original "Psycho" that comes in 2 DVD's, as it features a clean print of the film and a ton of bonus fetaures. The DVD set featuring the last 3 films only includes the trailers, but at least they are on DVD for life-long preservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triple feature
Ummm. ...". Sherk...Sherk....shreick...shreick!!!!!!!!! Dam this movie or movies are great. Old to modern new age bates motel rocks! A&e Monday's!!
Published 10 days ago by Benjamin Curtright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal - Great movies!
Anthony Hopkins is back for more...
2 minutes into Psycho 3 and some body is dead all ready!
Great deal on 3 movies... all great classic movies too.
Published 11 days ago by Johno
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL
I LOVE THE BIRDS OF PREY SERIES VERY MUCH. ITS VERY GOOD DEPICTURE OF THE HUNTRESS AND HER FELLOW HEROES.
Published 18 days ago by CLIFFORD
3.0 out of 5 stars norman mania
great movies , helps get you inside his head, plus in color not like the black and white that started it all.
Published 25 days ago by david snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars The scare Continues!
If you are a Psycho movie buff then you need to finish the set. Good quality DVD and not some knock off.
Published 27 days ago by David S
3.0 out of 5 stars For true Norman Bates fans...
3 sequels to the Hitchcock classic. All lack the original suspense, in my humble opinion, but it's great to see Anthony Perkins reprising the role only he could play.
Published 1 month ago by Corey Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Psycho Fan!!!
I have been waiting for Psycho 4 to be released on DVD patiently. When I saw this along with a new Psycho Collection on DVD and/or BluRay I figured I already have the classic first... Read more
Published 1 month ago by halloweenfreak
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is for Psycho 2, not the set, but it is a great deal.
I will first start off by saying that this is the best deal you will get for the whole set (minus the first), but I just want to say "BRAVO to the dos". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Psycho Movies
Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh performed well in this movie. I especially liked Psycho I because it kept me on the edge when the eerie music played and started to keep me in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rhonda bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars psycho ii is a superior movie to the original psycho!!!
in short,psycho 2 is a superior to the original psycho,i mean for real it is a scary movie. anthony perkins gets to act in this one,i may piss the majority of you off.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Opal C. Rush
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