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Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Turning Blu Oct. 19

10 May, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Universal Studios Home Entertainment May 10 said it will release Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho Oct. 19 on Blu-ray Disc and 5.1 surround sound for the first time.

Ranked No. 1 on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of all-time thrillers, Psycho follows an unsuspecting victim’s (Janet Leigh) visit to the Bates Motel, where she falls prey to psychopath Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).

The 1960 film features the infamous "shower scene,” which continues to terrify audiences half a century later.

The Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition includes behind-the-scenes bonus features, documentaries, audio interviews and an in-depth look at the remastering process.

Universal Studios BluWave Audio (the studio’s in-house post production sound facility) contracted with Audionamix, a Paris-based audio technology company, to split the original mono music source into 5.1 quasi-orchestral tracks.

In addition to the updated sound and digitally remastered film, the anniversary edition features the following bonus material:
“The Making of Psycho,” a feature-length documentary on Hitchcock's most shocking film; “In the Master's Shadow – Hitchcock's Legacy,” whereby some of Hollywood's top filmmakers discuss Hitchcock's influence and why his movies continue to thrill audiences; and “Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews” featuring excerpts from a 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock.

Additional special features include audio commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho"); newsreel footage of the release of Psycho, including vintage reels on the unique policy Alfred Hitchcock insisted upon for the release of the film; “The Shower Scene,” a look at the impact of music in the infamous scene; “The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass,” featuring original storyboard design; production notes of an essay on the making of the film; and “The Psycho Archives,” showcasing on-set photo stills from the film's production.

Additional material includes a gallery of original posters and ads from the theatrical campaign; lobby cards from the film’s theatrical campaign; behind-the-scenes photographs; and a theatrical trailer.

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