Blu-ray, DVD Release: Bates Motel Season 1

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $44.98, Blu-ray $49.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Bates MotelCreator Anthony Cipriano (Twelve and Holding) imagines what Norman Bates’ life was like before Psycho in the TV show Bates Motel.

A&E’s horror series serves as a prequel to Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller. Freddie Highmore (The Art of Getting By) plays young Norman, who’s moved to White Pine Bay, Oregon, by his mother, Norma Louise Bates (Vera Farmiga, Safe House) six months after his father dies. They take over a small rundown motel that had fallen into foreclosure.

Mother and son are drawn together while things go from bad to worse. The former owner (W. Earl Brown, The Lone Ranger) of the motel threatens them, Norman’s older half-brother (Max Thierott, My Soul to Take) comes into town and causes trouble, and something bad is going on with Deputy Sheriff Shelby (Mike Vogel, TV’s Pan Am).

Bates Motel got good reviews. Chuck Barney, critic with the San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times, called the TV show “a compelling thriller.” But Slant Magazine‘s Chuck Bowen called it an “egregiously pandering waste of talent and potential.” Still, it was A&E’s most watched original drama series debut in the network’s history.

As well as all 10 episodes, both the Blu-ray and DVD of Bates Motel: Season One contain these special features:

  • deleted scenes
  • featurette “Paley Center Panel Discussion With the Cast and Creative Team”
  • instant streaming and download via UltraViolet
  • and for a limited time, a set of collector cards with artwork from the show, “Jiao’s Sketchbook.”

Check out the show’s trailer:


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About S. Clark

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.