J.C. De Leon

by: J.C. De Leon
October 15th, 2010

"We all go a little mad sometimes."

Release Date: October 19, 2010

Ratings: Film – 5/5, Tech specs – 4/5, Packaging and extras – 4/5, Overall – 5/5

Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece about a boy and his mother is regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Even if you've never seen the film in its entirety, you are at least familiar with the often imitated, and often referenced shower scene. I can almost guarantee you've heard snippets of the score, if not the entire thing. This film and its greatest scenes have been spoofed and parodied, perhaps more than any other film in history. The image of the house and the sign of the Bates Motel are some of the more iconic images in American pop culture history. Chances are if you bought this Blu-ray it's because you love this film, or are at the very least appreciative of it. This is one of those Blu-rays that is a true must-have for any collection.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

Tech Specs:
While true, the picture does look absolutely flawless on this Blu-ray, it does at times sort of cheapen the experience and lessen the overall scale of the film. There are times when seeing no grain on the picture makes it seem as if it was shot on a sound stage rather than a practical location.

The sound is absolutely amazing and brilliantly accents the incredible score.

Packaging and extras:
Packaged in a standard slim case. It does include a plastic card highlighting some of the Turner Classic Movies that are currently available for purchase. The extras are highlighted by a very in-depth documentary that covers the making of PSYCHO. It covers everything from why Hitchcock did the movie in black and white, the differences between the book and the movie, censorship issues, and how it was initially received by critics.

There is an incredibly in-depth feature on the score of the film, which is without doubt one of the best and most recognizable scores ever.

This disc has a really cool feature that includes newsreel footage which was released the time the movie came out urging people not to leave, and even more strongly encouraging people not to tell their friends some of the secrets of the film. Perhaps the first time a film ever included a message telling people not to spoil for those who have not seen it.

This is truly one of the great classic movies of American Cinema, and very much so a must have for any Blu-ray collector.

Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: DTS 2.0
French: DTS 2.0

English SDH, French, Spanish

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 Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
The Psycho Archives
Lobby Cards
Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer
Re-release Trailers
My Scenes
Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho")
BD Live

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