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Psycho: 45th Anniversary Special Edition (Hitchcock)

Released on 17 October 2005

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The screen's master of suspense moves his camera into the icy blackness of the unexplained!

This release marks the 45th anniversary of Psycho's original cinematic release; a film that sent shockwaves throughout the film-going public.

Alfred Hitchcock's 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 Janet Leigh, the film's ill-fated heroine who is brutally victimised in the, now-notorious, "shower scene". Vera Miles, Martin Balslam, John Gavin and John McIntire co-star in Hitchcock's most compelling and terrifying film.

With a scintillating screenplay from Joseph Stefano and with 'that' score by Bernard Herrmann, Psycho was nominated for a multitude of Oscars, but failed to pick up a single gong... How wrong the academy were proven to be.
  • 'The Hitchcock Legacy' including an in-depth interview with Alfred Hitchcock

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 Universal come on!

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I Was very excited when i heard that Universal was making a 45th anniversary DVD for Psycho but unfortuanely that was not the case, The DVD it's self is supposed to be a SE Anniversary edition but basically where is it? 2 discs in my opinion meand a lot of added bonus content, a commentry woul of been nice and of course they could of at least added A Documentry, so why was there nothing i mean i have seen it all before 2 little featurettes and that's all basically in the Psycho I-IV There is a 90min doc on psycho i mean nothing here to intrest me
Now this got me going, REMASTERED! why didnt they remaster Psycho to make it look more crisper like the original James Bond Film's?
5 star for the Film 2 stars for the Extras
In my view settle for the I-IV Collection for a more VALUE for money.

 You know the one

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The film with the most famous scene in all of cinema history, 'Psycho' is a word synonymous with pure and abject terror. No other film can so concisely and accurately sum up the conventions, thrills and disturbing psychology of an entire genre as much as Alfred Hitchcock's masterwork, the only horror film he ever made.
There's little plot, paving the way for the era of the simple-minded slasher. Here, the concentration is on terror, which is relentlessly crafted and then turned up i every way possible, from the searing Bernard Hermann score, to the gorgeously unsettling cinemtaography, to Anthony Perkin's edgy, charismatic yet incredibly creepy performance. Hitchcock, firmly at home with generating suspense, keeps all his secrets hidden until the very end, which forces the audience to stay in the dark and guess, mirroring the investigative characters as they inch dangerously closer to the truth.
Plot aside, the only thing that lets the film down is the wrap-up by the psychologist at the end, 'Shakespeare syndrome', where a character comes out of the blue to explain everything to everyone. It's a scene totally at odds to Hitchcock's normal style, where he still holds most of the answers after every film, but here everything is laid out straight so no one will have too many nightmares. Perkin's 'Mother' scene just about recovers it, but it's a silly and unnecessary move, like giving Leathrface a prequel: the character's scarier and more memorable when they're an enigma.
But it doesn't stop the film from being a first-rate chiller, still as influential and ingrained in the cinema-goer's consciousness almost half a century later.

 freaking amazing, must have for horror lovers

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What to say, i studied this film in media studies and i can watch it over and over again without it getting boring, which is quite a surprise on my part, i thought i hated black & white, but alfred uses it superbly in this film. The ways he used the colour scheme to avoid the film being banned by the likes of the movie ratings (bbfc or what existed around then)

All in all, if you are curious to if its any good, just buy it, its a fiver, if you havent seen it and are not curious, buy it, you'll get drawn in straight away, and if you have seen it and dont own it, buy it, again, its just plain, simple amazing

 Original slasher film

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What can you say about hitchcock films like this. The plot is always very good in his films like in this film. He caused much controversy at the time by killing off his lead about 30 minutes into the movie but it made the film better. Anthony perkins was brilliant as the nice looking but deeply troubled killer. He was so good that he was constantly cast as someone similar in films afterwards. The film is full of many classic moments including the famous shower scene and the brilliant ending. An unmissable film

 Great film

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Psycho to alot of people is 'the master of suspense' Alfred Hitchcocks' greatest ever achievment,and it is fantastic.It was the first of its kind back in 1960 and raised the bar in the psychological/thriller genre.
Janet Leigh carries the first 45minutes if the film and everyone knows what happens when she stops at The Bates Motel run by a young man named Norman Bates(Anthony Perkins). 10/10

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic / Fullscreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
Additional LanguagesDolby Digital (1.0) Mono: English ; German ; Polish
SubtitlesCzech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Hungarian ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Spanish
Duration1 hour and 44 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.