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Psycho (1960)

The screen's master of suspense moves his camera into the icy blackness of the unexplained
director Alfred Hitchcock
producer Alfred Hitchcock
writer Joseph Stefano
story by Robert Bloch (original novel)
starring Janet Leigh
Anthony Perkins
John Gavin
Vera Miles
original music Bernard Herrmann
cinematographer John L. Russell
editor George Tomasini
running time 109 minutes
colour black & white
sound mix mono (Westrex Recording System)
aspect ratio 1.85:1
studio Shamley Productions
distributor Paramount Pictures
availability DVD & Blu-ray


Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, 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.


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Blu-ray Releases

released in 2012

9085.gif Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Universal (Blu-ray, 2012)
box set released in various countries

released in 2010

5609.gif Psycho (1960) - Universal (Blu-ray, UK, 2010)
Amazon (UK)
5610.gif Psycho (1960) - Universal (Blu-ray, USA, 2010)
Amazon (USA)

DVD Releases

released in 2008

5608.gif Psycho (1960) - Universal (USA, 2008)
R1 NTSC 1.85 (anamorphic)

released in 2005

5607.gif Psycho (1960) - Universal (UK, 2005)
PAL 1.85:1 (anamorphic) [01:43:52]
5606.gif Psycho (1960) - Universal (USA, 2005) as part of a box set
NTSC 1.85:1 (anamorphic) [01:48:44]

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