Psycho

Anthony Perkins  Actor Janet Leigh  Actor Vera Miles  Actor John Gavin  Actor Martin Balsam  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Brief Nudity,Not For Children

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Psycho

UPC: 025192025129

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Brief Nudity, Not For Children]

Summary: In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis (John Gavin). One afternoon, Marion is given $40,000 in cash to be deposited in the bank. Minutes later, impulse has taken over and Marion takes off with the cash, hoping to leave Phoenix for good and start a new life with her purloined nest egg. 36 hours later, paranoia and exhaustion have started to set in, and Marion decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel, where nervous but personable innkeeper Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks, before he regales her with curious stories about his mother. There's hardly a film fan alive who doesn't know what happens next, but while the shower scene is justifiably the film's most famous sequence, there are dozens of memorable bits throughout this film. The first of a handful of sequels followed in 1983, while Gus Van Sant's controversial remake, starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, appeared in 1998. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Category: Thriller

Awards: U.S. National Film Registry – Library of Congress 100 Greatest American Movies – American Film Institute Best Director – Directors Guild of America Best Supporting Actress – null Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Presented – AFI Fest Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay – Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Features: cc The Making of Psycho, an original documentary featuring new interviews with Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, Janet Leigh, screenwriter Joseph Stefano, and others
Censored scene
Theatrical trailers
Production drawings
The Shower Scene with and without music
Additional newsreel footage
Production photographs

Psycho

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/26/1998

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:57]
2. The Stolen Hours [4:39]
3. Forty Thousand Dollars [4:06]
4. The Stolen Money [2:54]
5. A Woman on the Run [3:52]
6. The High-Pressure Customer [8:38]
7. The Bates Motel [8:17]
8. Dinner With Norman [3:44]
9. Mother's Problem [8:01]
10. The Shower [2:53]
11. Cleaning Up After Mother [9:09]
12. The Swamp [1:34]
13. Let's Talk About Marion [3:44]
14. The Path to Marion Crane [2:30]
15. The Stammering Suspect [5:53]
16. Back to the Bates Motel [4:06]
17. Death and the Detective [1:07]
18. Looking for Arbogast [2:37]
19. The Dead of Night [3:17]
20. The Late Mrs. Bates [3:17]
21. Mr. and Mrs. Loomis [5:10]
22. Cabin One [3:02]
23. Looking for Mrs. Bates [5:40]
24. Mother [1:04]
25. The Other Half [5:20]
26. I Wouldn't Hurt a Fly... [1:39]
1. Introduction [1:32]
2. The Novel and the True Story [3:19]
3. The Screenwriter of "Psycho" [7:37]
4. A Low-Budget Film [1:38]
5. Casting [10:35]
6. Production Begins [2:57]
7. Hitchcock's Cameo [2:32]
8. Production Stories [5:17]
9. Working With Tony Perkins [2:52]
10. Hitchcockian Themes [3:20]
11. Breaking Taboos [3:09]
12. The Shower Scene [13:43]
13. After the Murder [1:35]
14. The Murder of Arbogast [3:32]
15. Working With Hitchcock [3:11]
16. Meeting Mother [4:03]
17. Psychoanalysis [3:02]
18. The Score [4:51]
19. Finishing the Film [:47]
20. Censorship [1:51]
21. Before the Release [1:58]
22. Don't Miss the Beginning... [2:35]
23. Making the Trailer [2:06]
24. The Reviews [1:22]
25. It's All for the Audience [2:48]
26. End Credits [1:49]

Mark Deming

In a decade in which what was acceptable onscreen would change more radically than at any other time in history, Psycho was in some ways the first shot in the battle for freer filmmaking in the 1960s. Few movies of its time were more direct and unapologetic in their violence or served it up with such disorienting abruptness or tongue-in-cheek wit. With its casual depiction of sex outside marriage, fleeting nudity, bursts of shocking violence, killing off a major character less than halfway through the movie, and focus on the psychological subtext of the murderer's personality, as well as the geometric imagery of Saul Bass's credit sequence and the percussive strings of Bernard Herrmann's score, Psycho was the film with which Hitchcock left the 1950s behind and started the 1960s with relish. Time hasn't hurt the film, either; it still generates a palpable tension and the odd chemistry between Perkins and Leigh in their dinner scene is a wonder to behold. While the film is still frightening after all these years, repeated screenings reveal a cold-blooded humor; with Psycho, Hitchcock tore asunder the audience's expectations of what a suspense film should be, and he appears to have had a wonderful time doing it. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Bernard Herrmann  Composer (Music Score) 
Alfred Hitchcock  Director 
Alfred Hitchcock  Producer 
Joseph Stefano  Screenwriter 
Anthony Perkins  Actor 
Janet Leigh  Actor 
Vera Miles  Actor 
John Gavin  Actor 
Martin Balsam  Actor 
John McIntire  Actor 
Simon Oakland  Actor 
Frank Albertson  Actor 
Patricia Hitchcock  Actor 
Vaughn Taylor  Actor 
Lurene Tuttle  Actor 
John Anderson  Actor 
Mort Mills  Actor 
Marli Renfro  Actor 
Anne Dore  Actor 
Ted Knight  Actor 
Virginia Gregg  Actor 
Jeanette Nolan  Actor 
Francis de Sales  Actor 
George Eldredge  Actor 
Sam Flint  Actor 
Frank Killmond  Actor 
Helen Wallace  Actor 
Marion Crane  Actor 

Country: USA