Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition (BLU-RAY)


On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 44 Minutes
Low Budget High Performance

Psycho was a low budget film of under a million dollars but is considered one of the greatest movies of all time

It’s Friday, December 11, Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) and Sam Loomis (played by John Gavin) are madly in love with each other but because of they live in different towns they can’t be with each other. The distance is not the only problem for these lovers, Sam and Marion both are having a hard time with money and agree that they would have a hard time living together. After taking some money from her employer, Marion leaves town to go live the life she wants with Sam but before she can get to him she has to stop at the Bates Motel. Her stay is not long at the motel curtsey of Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins). Norman lives behind the motel in a the creepy house on the hill with his ailing mother who does not like it that Marion is at the motel. It doesn’t take long for Norman to turn into a Psycho.

This movie is one of the greatest movies of all time. Alfred Hitchcock was a master at making films and in Psycho he proved that. On the back of the Blu Ray case it says “Alfred Hitchcock’s Most Shocking Film!” and I got to agree because even after all the times I’ve seen this movie I’m still in awe over it. There’s no special effects, there’s no montages to fill in time, there’s no nude scenes, there’s only the talent of the actors and the crew making the film.

One of the aspects of Psycho that amazes me is the cinematography. It’s just amazing to see how the close ups of the eye of Norman Bates looking through the peep hole shows just how creepy the man really is. Then the close up of Marion’s eye after the shower scene to show the finality of that scene. Then there’s the shower scene itself. Anyone who loves films knows that one phrase, the shower scene, and they know that it’s from Psycho. It’s such a unforgettable scene, with the suddenness of it then how the views will change, and the best part for me is the shower curtain.

But nothing beats the twist to the end of the movie. No one could create a twist like Hitchcock did with Psycho. This movie just captivates me every time I watch it, the music that is played with certain scenes, the dialog between the characters seems so real, and pretty much everything about this movie is great. The creepiness of Norman Bates is so realistic that it sets the level of being creepy to an all time high. There’s also the house on the hill with Normans mother living in it. Another image that has become well known, that house on the hill. In fact so many other movies have tried to imitate Psycho because of all the amazing images that the movie has in it.

Now Psycho is 50 years old and it has come out on Blu Ray for this milestone anniversary. There’s so much too this Blu Ray that it will take a full day of constant watching to get to see it all. There’s a long list of special features that is on this disc that includes such features as the making of Psycho, production stills and behind the scenes stills, lobby cards, Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts, and so much more. These features are worth buying this Blu Ray even if you already have it on DVD or VHS or any other versions. Getting to see the making of is very informative and just as captivating as the movie. But of course the movie is the main reason to have the Blu Ray of Psycho.

With the other movies that I have seen on Blu Ray that are older movies being converted to this format, Psycho is the first one that is good. The picture quality of this film being converted to Blu Ray and hi-def is just jaw dropping amazing. There’s no graininess to this film at all, it don’t look like it was even made 50 years ago. If I hadn’t known it I would have said that this was new movie and it does look better than some of the new movies that I have seen. Plus the sound quality is clear and has a great level so the volume on the set don’t have to be up too high. Psycho on Blu Ray is just simply amazing. 

Lee Roberts
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