Rent Psycho (1960)

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1h 44min
Rent Psycho (aka Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho / Wimpy) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
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, then Marion's sister (Vera Miles) searches for her, the horror and the suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alfred Hitchcock
Voiced By:
Virginia Gregg, Paul Jasmin, Jeanette Nolan
Writers:
Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
Others:
Robert Clatworthy, George Milo, John L. Russell, Joseph Hurley
Aka:
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho / Wimpy
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
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BBFC:
Release Date:
30/08/1999
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Polish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/08/2010
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 2.0 Mono, German DTS 2.0 Mono, Italian DTS 2.0 Mono, Japanese DTS 2.0 Mono, Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Remastering Psycho HD
  • The Making of Psycho
  • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchock's Legacy
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind The Scenes Photographs
  • Publicity Shots
  • Psycho Theatrical Trailer
  • Psycho Re-Release Trailers
  • My ScenesFeature
  • Commentary with Stephen Rebello,
  • Author Of
  • "Alfred Hitchock and the Making of Psycho"
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/07/2021
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
Czech DTS 2.0 Mono, English DTS:X, French DTS 5.1, Hindi DTS 5.1, Polish Voice Over DTS 2.0 Mono, Russian DTS 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Hindi, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Included 2 Versions of 'Psycho' (Uncut and Theatrical)
  • The Making of 'Psycho'
  • Psycho Sound
  • In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of 'Psycho'
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (Author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho')
  • And More

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Reviews (3) of Psycho

Superb suspense film, never bettered - Psycho review by RP

Spoiler Alert
10/01/2012

Made in 1960, I first saw this at the cinema in 1966 – and if I remember correctly, it had been running at that particular London cinema continuously since its release. I found it disturbing then and watching it again I still felt the same suspense and unease – not exactly horror – that I felt then. Yes, there has since been a (somewhat pointless) remake, but the Hitchcock original is superb. Filmed in black and white, you can't see the blood running red – but you know it's there! Superb – and cleverly misleading – beginning, great middle, excellent ending. Am I using too many superlatives? Probably – but this really is one of my favourite films from one of the 20th century's best directors. Highly recommended. 5/5 stars.

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Horror Classic. - Psycho review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
Updated 04/03/2021

Did anyone see this coming? Film noir died with Marion Crane 45 minutes in, and a new kind of visceral horror emerged into the mainstream.

Hitchcock got his tv crew to make a B film about serial killer Ed Gein starring one of the new generation of actors, Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. His blonde was a sexy, earthy woman played by Janet Leigh, a long way from the rather icy Grace Kelly. The script by Joe Stefano is B picture poetry, and it moves so fast.

Everything is tight, culminating in the most famous montage in cinema history, the shower scene. Bernard Herrmann's groundbreaking score must have been heartstopping in 1960.

That Hitchcock (or anyone) should produce a film like this at that time evades logic. The first hour, until Ms. Crane's car sinks into the marsh behind the Bates motel, is a symphony of sustained virtuosity. That I feel it doesn't subsequently maintain that quality is probably a matter of personal taste. Psycho changed everything. 

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Perkins brilliance - Psycho review by JD

Spoiler Alert
08/03/2016

Anthony Perkins plays a man with two personalities so brilliantly it seems to have been his downfall. Why was such a talented actor never seen again? Life is not fair. For me the acting beats the direction easily although without the Hitchcock badge it would not be as well known. The stabbing scenes are totally unimpressive and the amazingly famous shower scene not at all horrific. Norman Bates however is just so believably mad he deserves the fame credited to the the film.

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