Psycho

'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that will run on Tuesdays and examine the week's new Blu-ray releases while focusing on recommending titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie.


For Blu-ray Vets:
'Psycho'
Twitter Tag Line: Alfred Hitchcock's classic stars Anthony Perkins as a motel operator with a mother fixation.
New Special Features: One new extra on transforming the original mono audio track into 5.1 surround sound for the first time. DVD Beaver notes a couple of omissions from the UK Steelbook edition.
Transfer/Audio: The new transfer looks "for the most part ... amazingly impressive." (DVD Beaver) However, the new 5.1 surround sound audio track, "while sporting excellent fidelity ... seems largely unnecessary for what this film is attempting to do." (Blu-ray.com)
Replay Value: The shock value of watching the film for the first time diminishes with repeat viewings, yet knowing the fate of the characters intensifies the suspense. Freed from unraveling the mystery, it's easier to appreciate all the unique directorial flourishes that decorate the narrative. Multiple viewings allow the deep-rooted chills to creep into your bones.
Further Reading: Cinematical's Todd Gilchrist considered the film's "Shelf Life" recently, observing that it still "works beautifully as a horror film, murder mystery and character study all at the same time."
Also consider: 'Seven Samurai' (The Criterion Collection)
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R1960
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