Psycho: Complete 4-Movie Collection
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Check into the motel where guests never check out in the Psycho: Complete 4-Movie Collection, featuring all four thrillers starring Anthony Perkins as the notorious Norman Bates – including the iconic original directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In Psycho, a secretary (Janet Leigh) checks into the remote Bates Motel run by a shy young man (Perkins) with what appears to be a domineering mother. In Psycho II, Norman returns to his family home after 22 years only to be haunted by his past. Old habits die hard when Norman falls for a former nun and angers his jealous mother in Psycho III. Finally, in Psycho IV: The Beginning, Norman calls in to a late-night radio show and shares disturbing memories of his childhood with Mother.
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Disc 1 is the original PSYCHO which has all the extras
Disc 2 is Psycho II with only the Theatrical trailer as an extra
Disc 3 is Psycho III again with only the Theatrical trailer as an extra & Disc 4 is Psycho IV has same content
the 1st PSYCHO is already available seperatly as 50th anniversary blu-ray which has an amazing HD transfer
and new created 5.1 master audio mix which sounds incredible
plus has hours & hours worth of extras all on 1 Disc
with the sequels, i strongly recommend buying the Scream factory blu-ray versions, not the Universal reissues
cause the scream factory reissues have new extras added to them
Psycho II has a new restored 1:85:1 HD transfer with 2.0 master mix
new extras are audio commentary with writer Tom Holland who wrote the script for the film
also TV promo featurette for the film recorded back in 1983
has interviews with Anthony perkins, Vera miles & Director Richard franklin, plus the original Trailer
and Psycho III & IV also has new extras by scream factory
This product has four movies starting with the 1959 movie “Psycho” from Alfred Hitchcock. It was a big hit but seems tame by later standards. The carefully edited scenes suggested more than what you saw. One scary part was the sound of a knife blade piercing flesh. But a butcher knife is designed for cutting or slashing, it lacks a hilt to prevent the wielder’s hand from sliding down the sharp blade and getting cut. Why would a horror film be so successful? Some say a recession or depression creates a market for horror films (as with the current “Great Recession”). These films feature Anthony Perkins who plays a crazy maniac very well. The first movie mentioned the new highway bypassed the motel and caused a loss of customers. Does poverty cause an increase of violence, crime, and mental illness? Are there benefits from these changes? See the individual reviews for more details.
“Psycho” from 1959 was from a short story based on a true crime. Marion Crane takes a large sum of money and goes on a long drive then stops at a motel for the night. [Note how she has white underwear before the theft but black underwear afterwards!] Is the motel manager a nice young man who obeys his mother? A private investigator tries to locate the missing money and visits the ‘Bates Motel’. Sister Lila and boyfriend Sam try to find Marion. The good guys win in the end. A psychiatrist explains this story. Are there other missing persons?
“Psycho II” from 1983 shows Norman Bates released from a state hospital because his psychiatrist says he is cured. [No mention of politics cutting the budget so inmates are released earlier, or the use of drugs to control his condition.] Will Norman still obey his mother?
“Psycho III” from 1986 shows Norman Bates again returning home after many years. Not much has changed, for better or worse. They show parts of older movies as a reminder. You know what is going to happen, but there will be one or two surprises. Note how people who do wrong wind up getting killed, like in some classic mystery novels.
“Psycho IV” from 1990 shows the historical background to Norman Bates’ madness. This is by far the worst of the series, as if they ran out of ideas or were on a lower budget. No mention of the local voters or any control over a dangerous house.