Blu-ray/2-Disc Special Edition
Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam,
time: 109 minutes
amazed that Alfred Hitchcock's notorious chiller gets a PG
rating - I still find it difficult to watch the terrifying
you've never seen Psycho don't worry about "spoilers"
here. I'm not going to give anything away - a nod to Hitchcock's
own request to theater audiences in 1960 not to reveal the
movie's major turning points and surprises to those lining
up for the next show.
basics: Marion Crane (the gorgeous Janet Leigh) is having
boyfriend trouble in Phoenix. He (John Gavin) is divorced
and flat broke and can only visit her infrequently from the
store in a small California town where he works and lives.
He says it could be years before he can pay off his debts
so they can be together.
to speed things along, Marion steals $40,000 from her boss
and starts driving to California to start a new life with
the way, she attracts the attention of a suspicious highway
patrol cop who first encounters her asleep in her car at the
side of a deserted road, then observes her later buying a
used car for cash and dumping her own.
night, as rain beats down, Marion gets lost and decides to
say the night at the isolated Bates Motel, where she appears
to be the only guest.
only people there are the young and lonely Norman Bates, who
manages the business, and his overbearing, invalid mother
who can be heard cursing Norman in the creepy house behind
the motel when he tells her a young woman is staying the night.
the Bates Motel reveals its terrifying secret - but you're
going to have to discover it for yourself...I'm not telling!!
sinister black and white photography looks great in both the
new Blu-ray single disc and 2-DVD editions and the jagged,
shrieking score by frequent Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann
adds to the atmosphere. The many extra eatures include a 90-minute
documentary, The Making of Psycho.