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Psycho (Blu-ray)

Released on 09 August 2010

Featuring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles & Janet Leigh

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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After 50 years the ultimate nightmare returns in stunning high definition on Blu-ray, with superior picture, spine-chilling sound plus a host of extras.

More chilling than ever before, Alfred Hitchcock's landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveller whose journey ends in the notorious shower scene. First a private detective (Martin Balsam), then Marion's sister (Vera Miles) search for her as the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.
  • Artwork subject to change



  • Psycho Sound: A never-before-seen piece that looks at the re-mastering process required to create a 5.1 mix from the original mono elements using Audionamix technology.
  • The Shower Scene: A look at the impact of music on the infamous "shower scene."
  • The Making of Psycho: A feature-length documentary on Hitchcock's most shocking film.
  • In the Master's Shadow - Hitchcock's Legacy: Some of Hollywood's top filmmakers discuss Hitchcock's influence and why his movies continue to thrill audiences.
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews: Excerpts from a 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Feature-length audio commentary with Stephen Rebello (Author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho")
  • Vintage newsreel on the unique policy Alfred Hitchcock insisted upon for the release of the film.
  • Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • Production Notes
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters And Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards: View a gallery of promotional lobby cards from the film's theatrical campaign.
  • Behind-The-Scenes Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-Release Trailers

customer Reviews

 Average rating (9 reviews)

 A hobby should pass your time..............not fill it!

| | See all MarkAvery's reviews (114)

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Undoubtedly one of the most influential movies of all time. This film broke new ground in terms of subject matter. Sure the idea of a serial killer may not of been new but never had one seemed so accessible.

Janet Leigh is also killed off within the first 45 minutes in one of cinema's most iconic scenes.

The history surrounding this feature will be heavily covered in the yet to be released "Hitchcock" starring Antony Hopkins in January 2013. I understand that Hitchcock had been heavily influenced by the story of real life killer Ed Gein who's exploits also influenced "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

It's hard to nail which Hitchcock picture ranks as his best as his brilliance is captured in so many different ways over so many different movies. I have always personally ranked this as his best. The camera work and placement is tremendous. The plug hole/victims eye shot, the high crane shot which proceeds the PI's demise, so many moments capture the scene with effortless genius.

I cannot fault this picture and do not hesitate in stating that this is a 5/5 masterpiece of cinema. Glorious.

As for the transfer onto Blu-ray............................

Universal have granted this a VC-1 encoded, 1.85:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of mixed quality.

Don't worry overall this is a solid and at times great transfer which trounces previous DVD releases for sharpness and detail, however there are moments that real videophiles will pick up on.

There are moments of artifacting here and there. The source elements haven't been digitally scrubbed so we do have film grain which is fine and unobtrusive. The contrast for the most part is excellent and the detail is clear and sharp.

The issue is occasional moments of aliasing and shimmer, this is most noticeable on the clothing worn by Businessman Tom when he visits the bank. His suit pattern is too much for the transfer to handle, although this is the worst instance it does happen in numerous other scenes.

The film itself is also in great condition, I'm not sure if a full restoration was carried out prior to this release or whether the restoration is from a previous DVD release but I did not detect and real time damage like white popping or scratches.

I think Universal should learn from Warner Bros and Sony Pictures when it comes to catalogue releases from its archives.

Overall though this is definitely worth an upgrade from owning the DVD.

Film 5/5 Transfer 4/5

Highly recommended.

 A hobby should pass your time..............not fill it!

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Undoubtedly one of the most influential movies of all time. This film broke new ground in terms of subject matter. Sure the idea of a serial killer may not of been new but never had one seemed so accessible.

Janet Leigh is also killed off within the first 45 minutes in one of cinema's most iconic scenes.

The history surrounding this feature will be heavily covered in the yet to be released "Hitchcock" starring Antony Hopkins in January 2013. I understand that Hitchcock had been heavily influenced by the story of real life killer Ed Gein who's exploits also influenced "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

It's hard to nail which Hitchcock picture ranks as his best as his brilliance is captured in so many different ways over so many different movies. I have always personally ranked this as his best. The camera work and placement is tremendous. The plug hole/victims eye shot, the high crane shot which proceeds the PI's demise, so many moments capture the scene with effortless genius.

I cannot fault this picture and do not hesitate in stating that this is a 5/5 masterpiece of cinema. Glorious.

As for the transfer onto Blu-ray............................

Universal have granted this a VC-1 encoded, 1.85:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of mixed quality.

Don't worry overall this is a solid and at times great transfer which trounces previous DVD releases for sharpness and detail, however there are moments that real videophiles will pick up on.

There are moments of artifacting here and there. The source elements haven't been digitally scrubbed so we do have film grain which is fine and unobtrusive. The contrast for the most part is excellent and the detail is clear and sharp.

The issue is occasional moments of aliasing and shimmer, this is most noticeable on the clothing worn by Businessman Tom when he visits the bank. His suit pattern is too much for the transfer to handle, although this is the worst instance it does happen in numerous other scenes.

The film itself is also in great condition, I'm not sure if a full restoration was carried out prior to this release or whether the restoration is from a previous DVD release but I did not detect and real time damage like white popping or scratches.

I think Universal should learn from Warner Bros and Sony Pictures when it comes to catalogue releases from its archives.

Overall though this is definitely worth an upgrade from owning the DVD.

Film 5/5 Transfer 4/5

Highly recommended.

 Once seen never forgotten

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50 years on and still one of the greatest mystery thrillers ever brought to the screen, alongside other Hichcock classics such as North By Northwest, Rear Window and Vertigo. All true film lovers must see Psycho, otherwise how can you call yourself a lover of film?

 Fifty years has calmed the nerves but you will still jump.

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The Blu-ray version of this monochrome film is worth buying for your film collection. I tried to watch it from a perspective of how audiences would have received it all that time ago. I still love the edginess of Norman Bates, Perkins's performance is quite brilliant. In the blu-ray version his eyes appear more evil and Marion's Crane's furtiveness seems enhanced. The summing up by the psychiatrist to a captive audience at the end was an excellent rounding off, in those days cinema audiences would have needed this to accept and understand what they had actually seen. Because the storyline is so well known the overall shock/horror tactics have worn thin and let's face it the events are quite tame compared to what we endure these days, but it is a classic, and for its time superb. Hitchcock was the master of thriller and suspense and this film must be one of his best if not the best. The music on the blu-ray version is crisper and the soundtrack must rate as not only most recognisable but instils sheer terror by the sound of those searing violins. Thoroughly recommend.If there is someone out there who has never viewed it - now is your chance hence why no spoilers. You will not be disappointed! This is the first blu-ray monochome I have bought and the extras on this version are worth a view.

 the first and still the best

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With a fantastic film like this which lets face it i hope you know, you would be more interested like me on the Blu-ray transfer, than telling you all about Norman Bates in the motel. Well first of all there is only so much you can do with a Black and White film, however, they have managed to achieve the best possible picture from the negatives that were available. The sound re done in 5.1 and is great a lot of care and effort to take the mono soundtrack and make it sound fresh and knew. (if you don't like things being fiddled with then the mono track is there). The extras appear to be no different to the special edition DVD. The rating is for the quality not the film, this is a 5 star film without question. If you do not have this at all the Blu-ray edition is for you, if you have the DVD apart from the soundtrack do not expect miracles.

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ActorsAnthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Lurene Tuttle, Patricia Hitchcock & Mort Mills
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Certificate15 years and over
Year1960
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1) ; Dolby Digital Mono (2.0)
Additional LanguagesItalian ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Japanese
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Italian ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; Greek ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Swedish ; Japanese ; Cantonese ; Traditional Mandarin ; Korean
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)