Psycho
Universal / 1960 / 104 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
It's hard to believe that I have never seen this movie. This is the seminal classic that is known as one of Hitchcock's best and made one of the most famous scenes in movie history. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) works at a real estate agent and is entrusted with $40000 dollars from a property sale. 

On her way to the bank thoughts run through her head about taking the money to help out her lover from his financial troubles. Eventually she folds and decides to take it. On the way to her lover's place she stops off at the Bates motel, little does she know that this will be her final night of life. 

Wonderful stuff with and excellent score by Bernard Herrmann which is one of the best scores I have ever heard in a movie.

VIDEO
For a movie nearing 40 years in age this transfer is very good. Granted there is some grain in the film but this looks like the original film than the transfer. On the whole though the movie is the best you could get it today.

Psycho is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO

The movie is encoded in Dolby Digital 1.0 audio, and sounds very flat, but as this movie is nigh on 40 years old there may not have been an original soundtrack to re-master the audio, still a 5.1 remix would have been preferred

The dialog was clear throughout

EXTRAS
Not many extras on this disc. Firstly the original theatrical trailer in 1:33 format in DD1.0 sound which is more like a documentary than a trailer. You also get some very extensive production notes and cast notes.
FINAL THOUGHTS
A great movie and the best way to get this movie in Australia. 

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:11:56 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 104 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 18/10/1999
Catalog Number: DU30356
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 26
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

1.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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