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. [show more]
Well, what can I say about this classic film. Released in 1960 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it was way ahead of it's time. It's an absolutely fantastic film with a perfect performance from Anthony Perkins as the troubled motel owner, Norman. The film is still as scary as it was when it was first released and will always be known as one of the best films of all time.
As for picture quality on this bluray, it is the best Psycho has ever looked. I've had a VHS and a DVD of it, and the quality of this is unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I saw! It looks like the film was made yesterday! The audio quality is also a huge improvement.
I cannot recommend this film enough. If you've seen it, buy it and watch it again. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat. It's one of my all time favourite films and I could watch it every day. 5 stars.
If there were ever a reason for movie purists to upgrade to Blu-ray, then the 50th Anniversary edition of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' has to be considered as one of the front runners.
A lot of people believe that Blu-ray is simply to showcase the more modern HD special-effects laden movies of the 21st century, but this certainly isn't the case. With all the attention and care taken over this newest 'Psycho' release, we see just how good older movies can look, even 50 years after they were first released.
'Psycho' was never a movie that relied heavily on visual effects, but rather a compelling story with a notorious 'shower scene' and the unusual treatment of a notable star in Janet Leigh (perhaps known best to modern audiences as the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis). And of course, what better director than Hitchcock to present the twists and turns of the unusual Norman Bates, played to perfection by Anthony Perkins.
Even in 2010, 'Psycho' manages to have one of the most compelling stories, involving characters that you just don't know what they'll do next. Hitchcock had a way of filling the audience with suspense and shocking them to their very core. In fact, critics were not even allowed to see the movie before the general public, ensuring everyone was surprised at the movie itself. Such secrecy these days is near impossible with the Internet and Youtube so easily accessible. Hitchcock rode this wave of notoriety and 'Psycho' cemented its place in Hollywood history.
A movie has to be special to be worthy of a release such as this. The Blu-ray print leaves 'Psycho' looking better than it ever has done, and the extras tread the fine line between depth and over-informed. I personally found every detail fascinating - from the 77 camera angles used in the shower scene, to the integral use of music throughout the movie. The package offered here is a real treat for avid movie fans, and really manages to put you in the 1960s with a real understanding of what the movie did at the time. It will certainly make you wish you could have seen it in the cinema right then, sharing in the awe and hysteria surrounding it.
To know that, as with movies like 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,' this movie is based loosely on the real crimes of a serial killer, only adds to the terror. It certainly makes you think twice about staying in any unfamiliar hotels. The trepidation created by the black and white images, along with Bernard Herrmann's string-heavy score, is something that many movies have tried to recreate since but often failed. Nowadays our horrors and thrillers are often too glossy and overly gory, and they lose the sense of genuine dread that Hitchcock created so expertly.
I cannot recommend this release of 'Psycho' highly enough. It is a wholely commendable effort by all involved, restoring a movie that truly deserves to look and sound this good. I can only imagine how Hitchcock would feel if he saw his work so visually stunning in 2010. I think he'd be extremely proud.
This is a Blu-ray release for collectors and movie fans alike, old and new.
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