Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

DVD - 2008
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Disgruntled Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She only gets to meet her lover Sam during lunch breaks and they cannot get married because of Sam's alimony high payments. One Friday, Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and run, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: 2-disc special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Suspense P974se
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (109 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Uniform Title: Psycho


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A woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion, inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother.

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Aug 15, 2018

A Blu-ray has been available for this film for eight years, yet this library hasn't the presence of thought to shelve a better dvd rendering than this non-anamorphic first issue dvd. Get with it KCPL. This is a classic film that redefined film making and deserves better. The truest representation of Hitch's subversive personality.

Jul 05, 2018

This 1960’s classic horror film tells the story of Marion Crane who is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her boss so that she could give the money to her boyfriend. While running away, she finds herself in an old motel on a back road after being driven away by a storm. Here she encounters Norman Bates, a strange man with odd interests and a peculiar fascination with his mother. This film is timeless and continues to be terrifying to this day, with old-school film techniques and incredible acting. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to universal horror film lovers. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public LIbrary

May 10, 2018

The word "classic" gets awfully over-used but here it applies. A real departure for Mr. Hitchcock at the time, shot in black and white and for a low-budget, "Psycho" scared the pants off 1960 audiences who nevertheless lined up around city blocks to see it.

Part of its appeal was due to Hitchcock's clever ad campaign, which warned that no one ("Not even the President of the United States or the Queen of England!") would be allowed into the theater after the movie had begun. He was dead serious, and theater owners everywhere went along with it. According to the very entertaining "making of" documentary included as part of the bonus material, there was a practical reason for the edict--the film's beautiful star, Janet Leigh, is bumped off (in a particularly awful way, as the world now knows) within the first 20 minutes of the movie. This was unheard-of in 1960, and Hitchcock and company knew anyone arriving late might be sitting through the length of the film wondering where the movie star heroine was, when she was going to show up, and who everybody was looking for.

"Psycho's" genius is its psychological horror, and its meditation on the terrible loneliness of human beings who find themselves at a crossroads. Even the famous shower sequence (imaginatively scored by the brilliant Bernard Herrmann) doesn't explicitly show us what we think we're seeing; it's all in the brilliant editing, and our shocked distress at poor Marion's fate. (Miss Leigh reveals that though she'd never given the matter any thought before, after the making of "Psycho" she would never again take showers, realizing how utterly vulnerable and defenseless a naked person standing in a tub really is.)

Jan 23, 2018

A masterpiece of horror and suspense.

Nov 30, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock's often imitated slasher film from 1960 which was intended to be a black comedy of sorts, but everyone has taken it all way too seriously.

Nov 08, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock-past master of suspense and like the writer/director Stephen King both appear in cameo's in their own pictures! Both masters in their respective genres~!Not for the faint of heart-the shower scene very scary-and the actress/actor(Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis) daughter Jamie Leigh Curtis is a mistress of horror and the scream Queen-!

this is not so much a "scary movie" as it is an exercise in demonstrating the destructive effects of guilt on one's life span (other people can do it to you as a way of warding off their own needful self-realization).

May 27, 2017

A great classic and a film masterpiece. Definitely a must-watch the bonus material how the movie was shot and cast.
Many people complained in bellow comments that this horror was not scary. They forgot it was shot in 1960! Like Mr. Hitchcock said a director has to be creative and come up with a new ways how to scare the audience. But he managed it in 1960: many people were fleeing theaters after the notorious shower scene. There were lines for the movie showing that spread up to three miles!
There are not great horror movies nowadays. (Like "the Ring" both versions and all the sequences- seriously? I was so bored that I almost switched the movie off. Not scary at all). We have become numb to tension, thrill and suspense by watching horror movies full of gore and violence. For any director it is hard to surprise audience with something new. All the movies are the same, they show us everything. But Mr. Hitchcock knew that imagination was everything. He did not show streaming blood and all the gore, it was audience's imagination that scared them.
"Psycho" might not scare you, but still try to think why people love it and keep on watching it. I am one of them.

May 08, 2017

Even now, it's distinctly unnerving.

May 08, 2017

This is a 1960 American psychological horrific drama directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.
The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel's mentally disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins)
Setting a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, it is one of the best and greatest horror movies of all time.

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Jan 23, 2018

Norman Bates: It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?

Marion Crane: Yes. Sometimes just one time can be enough.

Laura_X Oct 26, 2016

We all go a little mad sometimes.

Oct 13, 2013

"We all go a little mad sometimes."

Mar 15, 2013

"Let me put it this way - She may have been able to fool me..... But she didn't fool my mother!"

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

"Mother...what's the phrase?...isn't quite herself today."


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Jun 05, 2018

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Oct 14, 2013

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cathyf3 Jan 07, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock directed this horror film in 1960. It is the story of a young woman Marion who in a moment of weakness steals $40,000 dollars from her employer. She gets scared and paranoid and drives off the main roads. She ends up at the Bates Motel which is in front of a big creepy house. That image tells the viewer this will not end well. When Norman comes to the desk, you think,he seems OK.
But Norman did have issues with Mom.
I remember when it first came out women refused to shower when no one was home.


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Oct 14, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film contains a single naked body so blurred that it can scarcely be considered nudity. There are no cuss words and the "violence" is not violent. Anticipation, music, and shadows on the wall are where the horror comes from, but for some that'll be terrifying enough.

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