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Psycho: Universal Legacy Series (Special Edition) (1960)

Anthony Perkins , Janet Leigh , Alfred Hitchcock  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Joseph Stefano
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CC7PP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Psycho: Universal Legacy Series (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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At last--a great American movie available on video for the first time in its original aspect ratio. 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 skillfully 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. Psycho gets the masterpiece treatment it deserves on DVD, with extras including newsreel footage surrounding the making and release of the movie; an archive of production stills; the special trailer in which Hitchcock (acting as one of the original Universal Studio tour guides) himself leads viewers around the Bates place; credit designer Saul Bass's original "shower scene" story boards; posters and advertising materials for the movie's William Castle-like publicity campaign (No One Will Be Seated After the Feature Begins!); and a 90-minute documentary on the making of the film! What more could any movie fan possibly want? --Jim Emerson

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One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, is now available as a new 2-Disc Special Edition! 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” – plus new bonus features and digitally remastered picture, Psycho is “still terrifying after all these years” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).

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109 of 116 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
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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 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 2 hours 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 23 hours 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 2 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 3 days ago by courtney brooke banther
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy as ever
I saw this movie many years ago, and seeing it again still sent chills down my spine. Clearly a masterpiece!
Published 8 days ago by Robert Mostow
4.0 out of 5 stars quick arrival, still scary
quick arrival, still scary
even though the story is old and everyone kinda knows it,
watching it still gets to you
Published 9 days ago by Raquel Garcia-Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Best
Anthony Perkin's performance should have at least earned him an Academy nomination. This original, and the sequels demonstrate how great an actor he was.
Published 10 days ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed this
Whoa old school great...silence to all those who don't know. It's awesome black and white and oldie and great! Thx
Published 11 days ago by Benjamin Curtright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, streamed pretty well, and very clear beautiful quality
Had only a couple moments of buffering, otherwise no interruption, obviously a great film, and there was an amazingly clear quality to the video. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amanda Accardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GREAT classic from Hitchcock
This is obviously a much studied classic movie because of Alfred Hitchcock's expertise and skill to create suspense, fear, and intrigue. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael Tusoni
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The one I have is in 1.85. The only thing that sucks about it that its not in enhanced for 16.9 TV's. Well my copy is 10 years old and not that many studios was releasing there films in Anamorphic back in 98. The version I have the picture looks ok but not great. I will rebuy the update version... Read more
Aug 21, 2008 by M. J Krankka |  See all 20 posts
ALFRED HITCHCOCK WAS NOTORIOUS FOR HIS STANK FARTS
Wow that is some need to know stuff.
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collectors edition or universal legacy?
What if you don't have a HD tv? Will it even matter having the great picture of a Blu-Ray but a standard TV? I plan to buy the blu ray and hd LCD tv at the same time...just not sure when. Waiting for my huge tube Sony tv to die. Maybe I sould accidently knock it off it's shelf. hee hee
Sep 6, 2012 by James L. Dickinson |  See all 3 posts
Is it true 1080p?
It was made on film. There's supposed to be film grain. It was never intended to look like some lifeless digital image created out of 1's and 0's.
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