New Release: Psycho 50th Anniversary Blu-ray


Psycho movie sceneAlfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho turned 50 in 2010, and to celebrate, Universal Studios Home Entertainment debuted the horror movie on high-definition Blu-ray on Oct. 19. The film also was honored at the 2010 Festival De Cannes, where it was chosen as a Cannes Classic Selection.

Perhaps Hitchcock’s most awed movie, Psycho stars Anthony Perkins as a motel manager with a mean mother and Janet Leigh as the thieving beauty who’s Bates’ object of desire … until a fateful shower. Disc Dish named Psycho to the top of its Mother’s Day Big Bad Mama movies list. The film also topped the American Film Institute’s “100 Years … 100 Thrills” list.

For the Blu-ray release, Universal restored the film’s audio and video, using the original sound effects and effects from the studio’s library to create a 5.1 mix to bring Psycho‘s soundtrack up to newer technology while keeping with Hitchcock’s vision, according to the studio.

Pscyho movie scene with Janet LeighThe Blu-ray also includes a creepy house full of special features. Here’s the list:

• “Psycho Sound” featurette that looks at the remastering required to create a 5.1 mix from the original mono elements using Audionamix technology
• “The Making of Psycho” feature-length documentary
• “In the Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy” with some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers discussing Hitchcock’s influence
• Excerpts from a 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock
• audio commentary with Stephen Rebello (Author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho”)
• newsreel footage on the unique policy Alfred Hitchcock insisted upon for the release of the film
• A look at the impact of music on the infamous shower scene
• original storyboard design for the shower scene
• essay on the making of the film
• gallery of on-set photo stills from the film’s production
• gallery of original posters and ads from the theatrical campaign
• gallery of promotional lobby cards from the film’s theatrical campaign
• rare behind-the-scenes photos
• original promotional trailer
• promotional trailer created for the re-release of the film

Here’s one of those trailers:


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.