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In 1960 Anthony Perkins scared the world with his chilling portrayal of a murderous madman obsessed with his dead mother, catapulting the horror genre into a new realm of possibility. Alfred Hitchcocks original Psycho spawned three sequels and one remake, and the series continues to affect popular culture 50 years later.

The Psycho Legacy follows the indelible filmmaking legacy left by the Psycho movies and unravels the screenwriting, casting and directing of all the movies, examining their undeniable longevity and success. Interweaving ultra-rare and never-before-seen interview footage of Anthony Perkins and dozens of interviews including Robert Loggia, Olivia Hussey, Henry Thomas, Diana Scarwid, Tom Holland, Hilton Green, Mick Garris and many more, The Psycho Legacy is the first documentary to unite and explore decades of Psycho movies in one place, revealing surprises and insights into what is considered the grandfather of modern horror.

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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Jeff Fahey, Robert Loggia, Henry Thomas
  • Directors: Robert V. Galluzzo
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003THSXKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Psycho Legacy" on IMDb

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on September 19, 2010
Format: DVD
No film in classic Horror is more notorious than Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO. Likewise, no set of sequels are more notoriously overlooked, grossly underrated, and sickeningly scorned in their bare-bones video releases than the PSYCHO-sequels. Thankfully, writer/director Robert V. Galluzzo has set out to create the definitive documentary on the series by compiling years of behind-the-scenes photos and press cards with an extraordinary number of interviews, including such esteemed filmmakers as Tom Holland, David Schow, Adam Green, Stuart Gordon, Mick Garris, and countless others (many of whom have been intimately attached to the films). While Galluzzo falls just short of his ultimate goal, THE PSYCHO LEGACY does pull together an excellent assortment of entertaining stories, revealing facts, and reflections on all four entries, many of which have never been shared in the past. Rare footage of the late Anthony Perkins is also integrated into the feature, along with past interviews with co-stars Vera Miles and Janet Leigh. For the most part, the conversations are topical and are spliced together smoothly between interviewees, although the questionable choices in editing and computerized transitions cause minor distractions. In addition to the standard runtime, the Shout Factory! 2-disc release includes over 3-hours of bonus material, featuring Anthony Perkins' unedited panel discussion and footage from a recent PSYCHO cast reunion. THE PSYCHO LEGACY is an essential addition to any fan's collection that finally bridges the gaps left by the Universal releases.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T Man on September 16, 2010
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Absolute MUST have for real PSYCHO fans! This doc covers EVERYTHING you need to know from PSYCHO I-IV! The detail and interviews are so well done! If you are a fan of PSYCHO III look out! They interviewed EVERYONE! Just when you think they didn't touch on something in the 90min doc, it's in the bonus 3 hours!

It's really just amazing! A very cool Q&A with Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates) himself that was NEVER released before!

Just watch the trailer of this for a taste of what youre in for! Im the BIGGEST PSYCHO FAN and I was completely thrilled! Very re watchable. Just perfect!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy on October 24, 2010
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Fifty years ago, Anthony Perkins stabbed and slashed his way into the hearts of audiences in Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror epic, "Psycho." Aside from being a landmark for cinema, "Psycho" is notorious for having quite possibly the most consistent and most respectable set of sequels, a fact often overlooked throughout the years. "The Psycho Legacy," an in-depth documentary from some of the same folks who brought you "His Name Was Jason" and "Halloween: 25 Years of Terror", attempts to shed some light on this fact. By compiling interviews old and new with assorted cast and crew (as well as some long-time fans who have carved their own niche in the horror genre) "The Psycho Legacy" paints a colorful and informative picture of a franchise that deserves more respect beyond the usual praise garnered for its first installment.

The meat and potatoes of the feature-length documentary are broken down into five parts. Opening with a surprisingly brief (and somewhat shallow) piece on Hitchcock's original, the documentary spends equal time on each of the three sequels, wrapping up with thoughts on Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins. Incidentally, the documentary skips over the 1998 shot-for-shot remake, which is a bit of a shame as even if the film itself was a futile experiment in cinema, it is still rather note-worthy as a rarity in its own genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean Brady on November 13, 2010
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Not a bad documentary and extras package but it's not as thorough as it really should have been. For example, there's no coverage of the Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho. Regardless of whether it was any good or not, it should have at least rated a mention. Also, there's no information about the failed tv pilot for Bates Motel which has only ever appeared on VHS as far as I know, and starred Bud Cort as an ex-mental patient who inherited the house and hotel from Norman. Like the Psycho remake this was also terrible but if you're going to make a documentary called The Psycho Legacy, it seems weird to leave out these two curios.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on December 22, 2010
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Here is a list describing all of the features of this two disc set and what I feel to be the pros and cons of each.

1) On the back of the box which houses two DVDs, at the top of the list of Bonus Features is listed "Extended and Deleted Scenes." Wow! I couldn't wait to see what extended and deleted scenes had been unearthed. Afterall, if Mrs. Bates had been unearthed...why not additional and deleted scenes to one or all of the four movies in the Psycho canon??? That would be fantastic! Alas, false advertising. To my great dismay, I discovered that the "Extended and Deleted Scenes" was nothing more than footage left out of the main feature of this whole affair - and that is "The Psycho Legacy," a ninety minute or so overview of the four Psycho movies that comprise the canon.

2) "The Psycho Legacy" is not a bad documentary at all. It is just too fast and too caught up in being artsy with its constant barrage of cut-out visuals. And sadly, all of this is underscored by what sounds like Bernard Herrmann's magnificent music for the original "Psycho" and even Jerry Goldsmith's poignant, sorrowful score for the sequel, but apparently not having the rights to those scores, the makers of this documentary have come right to the brink of copyright infringement with music that "sounds" like the original, but sadly is not, and it ends up being quite annoying. Also sadly, the original "Psycho" is surprisingly given scant coverage in this feature, with the majority of attention being paid to its follow-ups. And if a viewer knew little or nothing about Robert Bloch or Ed Gein and their contribution to the story and film of "Psycho"...don't seek any explanation here. Blink and you will miss it. Have your dog (or your Mother)bark in your ear and you won't hear it.
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Yes, it is a documentary on the four Psyco films, not including the remake. I saw it at a film festival in LA, and the general buzz it that's it's perfect for any Psycho fans. I am not what anyone would consider a "Psycho buff", actually, I haven't even seen the 3rd or 4th film, but I... Read More
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