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Psycho [DVD] [Canadian; Universal 100th Anniversary]

  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Credited with inventing the genre of the modern horror film, PSYCHO has had its share of sequels and imitators, none of which diminishes the achievement of this shocking and complex horror thriller. Alfred Hitchcock's choreography of elements in PSYCHO is considered so perfect it inspired a shot-by-shot remake by Gus Van Zant in 1998. However, Hitchcock's black-and-white original, featuring Anthony Perkins's haunting characterization of lonely motel keeper Norman Bates, has never been equaled. Bates presides over an out-of-the-way motel under the domineering specter of his mother. The young, well-intentioned Bates is introduced to the audience when Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a blonde on the run with stolen money, checks in for the night. But Momma doesn't like loose women, so the stage is set for this classic tale of horror--and one of the most famous scenes in film history. PSYCHO was initially received by audiences with shock and amazement--and it still terrifies today. Though it is now considered prototypical Hitchcock, its setting, pace, and emphasis on terror were major departures for the director at the time, coming after the more classically grand NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
  • Credits
    Anthony Perkins, Tony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Jeanette Helen Morrison, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, Vera Ralston, John Gavin, Jack Golenor, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Lurene Tuttle, John Anderson, Mort Mills, George Eldredge, Sam Flint, Helen Wallace, Virginia Gregg
  • Critic Reviews
    "The most brilliant bait-and-switch proposition in motion picture history..."

    "Hitchcock's only out-and-out horror flick -- and possibly the most important ever made."
    Total Film

    5 stars out of 5 -- "It's such an essential film -- remaining fresh, shocking, perversely funny and tragic..."

    "[N]early 50 years after its release in 1960, the 45-second shower scene in PSYCHO is still terrifying and paralyzing."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Fifty years on, PSYCHO is still damn near perfect. It makes us shudder, sweat, and shield our eyes."
    Entertainment Weekly

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