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Psycho Collection Box Set (4 Discs)

Released on 20 October 2003

Featuring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles & John Gavin

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Box Set Comprises:

Psycho: The classic Hitchcock thriller involving a series of murders at a lonely motel where the deaths are attributed to the mother of the young owner.

Psycho 2: Norman Bates is coming home after spending 22 years in a mental institution. He plans to renovate the old Bates Motel, the place where his first murders occurred...

Psycho 3: The Bates Motel is again the site of some nasty doings as the rehabilitated Norman, who has installed a new ice machine, attempts to put his life back together. But, old habits die hard...

Psycho 4: The reformed character Norman Bates is now the happily adjusted husband to a loving psychologist. But when he enters a phone-in on matricide it becomes apparent that the demons are back...
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 Average rating (7 reviews)

 SPEND A FEW EVENINGS IN THE BATES HOTEL!

| | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)

Top 10  Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer

This Box-set is excellent value for money , and any horror/thriller fan should buy now.
But to be honest only Psycho and Psycho II are worth the money.

PSYCHO 1960
Black and white perfection. Anthony Perkins gives one of the most iconic performaces ever.
It may be old, but is a perfect thriller, that many have copied, but few have failed to equel.
*****
PSYCHO II 1982
A excellent thriller, Norman Bates get's released from the mental home 22 years after his killings, But as he attempts to settle back into a so called normal way of life, old ghost's start to come back. Is Norman Loosing the plot again or is it somebody out for revenge?
A superb and a well written sequel.
****
PSYCHO III 1986
Gone has the subtleness of the previouse two moves, this is more in line with Friday the 13th than the 1960 original classic.
More gore, more deaths, alot less interesting.
**

PSYCHO IV 1990
This is kind of a prequel to the original, trying to explain why Norman went nuts! To be honest the back story does not work, and the present day story about Norman thinking about killing his lover is very silly.
The film was a TV movie, and the only interesting thing about it is it also stars Henry Thomas ( Elliot from E.T) as the young Master Bates!
Mildly interesting.
**

Although the first two movies are the only ones that are a must have in this Box-set. This is still a must buy at this price.
Brilliant value for money.

 SPEND A FEW EVENINGS IN THE BATES HOTEL!

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Top 10  Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer

This Box-set is excellent value for money , and any horror/thriller fan should buy now.
But to be honest only Psycho and Psycho II are worth the money.

PSYCHO 1960
Black and white perfection. Anthony Perkins gives one of the most iconic performaces ever.
It may be old, but is a perfect thriller, that many have copied, but few have failed to equel.
*****
PSYCHO II 1982
A excellent thriller, Norman Bates get's released from the mental home 22 years after his killings, But as he attempts to settle back into a so called normal way of life, old ghost's start to come back. Is Norman Loosing the plot again or is it somebody out for revenge?
A superb and a well written sequel.
****
PSYCHO III 1986
Gone has the subtleness of the previouse two moves, this is more in line with Friday the 13th than the 1960 original classic.
More gore, more deaths, alot less interesting.
**

PSYCHO IV 1990
This is kind of a prequel to the original, trying to explain why Norman went nuts! To be honest the back story does not work, and the present day story about Norman thinking about killing his lover is very silly.
The film was a TV movie, and the only interesting thing about it is it also stars Henry Thomas ( Elliot from E.T) as the young Master Bates!
Mildly interesting.
**

Although the first two movies are the only ones that are a must have in this Box-set. This is still a must buy at this price.
Brilliant value for money.

 We all go a little mad sometimes!

| | See all BarryNormanJunior's reviews (18)

A truly great boxset but to be honest, worth buying just for the original. The 1st Psycho was a classic based on the book and very closely adapted. There are plenty of extras but only for the first film. The sequels have the basics but are not bad films in their own right but do suffer from the usual depreciation in quality and story.

Anthony Perkins shines in the original but by the time you see the third installment it all gets a little similar. The quadrilogy is wrapped up nicely with a back to basics for the 4th movie where we see Bates as a child and his relationship with Mother. Overall a purchase worth making even if you have seen all four films a dozen times.

 Perfect Example.

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This Box Set is the perfect example of someone ruining a great film by bringing out 3 sequels each worse then the other. The original Psycho is a work of art and it shows that you don't need blood and guts every 5 minutes to sell a movie. I was hooked for the whole movie and I realy got why it was such an iconic piece of film.

Psycho 2 was good as well but in no way a classic. The way Norman was slowly going mad again was realy well done and you didn't know what was gonna happen next. The end was a good twist and was set up perfectly for a sequel.

Psycho 3 was a big letdown. It stopped being about the thriller side of things and more hack and slash. It lacked any real story and was more about who was gonna die next. I like a good hack and slash when it is someone like Jason or Freddy but Norman Bates is the kind of guy you like to see going mad and when he kills it means something not just a random woman in a payphone both.

Psycho IV went back to what made it good but the story was just week. How would he get released a few years after murdering so many people and he was on the radio for a least an hour why didn't the police go round to stop him when he admits that he is going to kill again. The backstory was ok but too creepy for me the film left a bad taste in my mouth.

Out of 10

Psycho: 10
Psycho II: 8
Psycho III: 3
Psycho IV: 4

For £13 I would buy the first 2 Psychos on their own but for all 4 it is good value for money. The box that it comes in is pretty cool as well all in all a good buy for anyone who is a fan of the Psycho franchise.

 Diminishing returns?

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There is no doubt that Alfred Hitchcock was a cinematic genius or that Psycho is one of his best films and a classic of the genre. It is beautifully and economically crafted relying on pure visual story-telling to keep the audience rapt from the first frame to the last. There is tension, terror and dark humour seamlessly combined to keep any film-goer happily scared and on the edge of your seat. The cast, lead by Perkins, are perfect and equal honours have to go to Bernard Herrmann for his iconic 'finger-nails on blackboard' score.

Psycho II missed Hitchcock's 'playful' touch but Perkins once again pulls out all the stops to make Norman both sympathetic and unnervingly twitchy! Nice also to see Vera Miles reprising her role as Lila (turning as psychotic in her quest for revenge as her intended target had been!).

Psycho III appears to have gotten short shrift from most of the reviewers so far. I don't share that. Yes, it is much more 'schlocky' or 'hack & slash' than it's predecessors but you have to take into account the fashion in vogue in horror movies and psychological thrillers during this time. I can imagine the money men, studios and producers telling Perkins we need to have more 'blood and guts per cent'! However, what I see is a film that, in spite of its 'Friday the 13th' role model, has in its star and director (Anthony Perkins) someone with an insight into how Hitchcock's mind worked. There is dark humour laced into the gory mix. For instance, the overheated sheriff reaching into the ice machine, where Norman has hidden one of Mother's victims, and popping some blood-tinged ice cubes in his mouth. Or the scene where the pesky reporter is backing up the stairs at the Bates' house, with Mother in pursuit, only to knock a picture off centre, which house-proud Mother then dutifully straightens! The interplay between the reporter and the sheriff is also very funny. On the acting front, Perkins shows us the process of Norman ascending - momentarily - from madness, and the grip of Mother, into sanity and clarity - the opposite of what we saw in Psycho II when cured Norman is slowly driven insane again. He also beautifully portrays his mental, emotional and sexual struggle as he falls for Marion Crane look-alike Maureen. One reviewer said the deaths were 'random' and mentions the girl in the phone booth as an example - actually this girl 'comes on' to Norman when he helps her with the ice machine and Norman is obviously tempted by her - this 'sets off jealous Mother and Mother kills the girl'. Not random at all! I think you have to look past the 'hack and slash' window dressing to see the real movie beneath with this one. I personally think Perkins did a fine job as star and director.

Psycho IV is the prequel that tells us how Norman became his Mother. I like this film a lot - even though it has the character of a television movie (which I believe it may have been) rather than a theatrical release. Once again Anthony Perkins plays Norman like no-one else could. The one bug-bear I have with it is that the back story of Norman's beginnings here are at variance with what was established in the original story, which is odd as the screenwriter of the original film is the writer of this one. However it rounds the series off nicely with Norman finally able to put Mother to rest for good - though there is a hint at the very end of the movie that the Bates' line may yet spawn another 'Psycho'!

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ActorsAnthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, Mag Tilly, Robert Loggia, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey & Donna Mitchell
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock, Richard Franklin, Anthony Perkins & Mick Garris
Certificate18 years and over
Year1960, 1983, 1986, 1990
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish
Duration6 hours and 38 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.