Universal brings Hitchcock’s Psycho to high definition

In a move that will, no doubt, please all fans of Alfred Hitchcock, Universal Home Entertainment has just announced a Blu-Ray version of one of his most acclaimed films, the Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition.

Alfred Hitchock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.” First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Ver Miles) searches for her, the horror and the suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

The Blu-Ray version will feature a 1080p high definition transfer of the movie, supplemented by a DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio track. The release will be stuffed with bonus materials, culled from the previous DVD releases, such as a Commentary Track by Stephen Rebello (author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”) and a series of Featurettes, like ”The Making of Psycho,” “Psycho Sound,” “In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy,” and “Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts.” You will also find The Shower Scene: With and Without Music on the disc, along with The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass and The Psycho Archives. Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho will also be included on the disc, together with Lobby Cards and a Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery. universal’s myScenes feature and the film’s Re-release Trailers will round out the disc.

The “Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition” will arrive in stores on October 19 .

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