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Movie synopsis
A remake of director Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller about a young woman, who, while on the run after stealing $40,000 from her boss, is brutally murdered in the shower of a motel she is staying in one night. As police investigate her disappearance, we learn more about the motel's psychotic owner, Norman Bates. Director Gus Van Zant's film is a shot-for-shot remake of the original.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • UPC: 025192053825

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Genre:Horror/Suspense
Format:DVD

Director:Gus Van Sant
Leading Role:Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche
eBay Product ID: EPID3281021

Editorial reviews

"...A work of 'metacinematic' research. By remaking PSYCHO, the film-makers have managed to replay formally notions of transgression and difference that manifested themselves in Hitchcock's original as themes and subtexts..."
Sight and Sound - Gavin Smith (02/??/1999)

"...What could be juicier, or more appropriate, than this post-modern PSYCHO?....A fascinating stunt..." -- Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/18/1998)

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Created: 12/23/07

A remake that actually stands as tall as the original

First off I am not exactly what you would call a big fan of movie remakes. There have been so many bad ones released either in the theatre or on television, with only a few that can actually stand up to the originals - well at least in my opinion. That said, rather than list all of the "bad" movie remakes, I prefer to promote this surprisingly excellent version of the original "Psycho". If you're a Hitchcock fanatic then you more than likely would put the original "Psycho" near the top of your favorite Hitchcock film list (wouldn't you?). Personally I love the original version - a real classic; but I enjoyed the remake so much that I decided to add it to my collection.

Underrated actor Vince Vaughn delivers what I would describe as a very CREEPY performance as the infamous 'Norman Bates'. His portrayal of Bates is no doubt just as disturbing as that of Perkins, but disturbing in a different way. For example, while Perkins portrays Bates as an unnerving, jittery and immensely strange individual, Vaughn's version appears to be more "creepy" as I've already mentioned. Vaughn portrays Bates as a young man who is childlike, a man who is clearly socially and emotionally immature. He also adds a nervous smile to the Bates character, making Bates come across as not only a very private person, but a man who seems to be very uncomfortable around others. His performance is believable and that is crucial to any remake. It's not the first film where Vaughn plays a 'strange' character, but I believe it's his best. Again, it's difficult to adequately compare two talented actors and it probably isn't fair to do so anyway. Perkins was great. Vaughn is great too. Oh, and the other actors in the newer version are terrific as well. However, it is Vaughn's portrayal of Norman Bates that captures and holds the attention of movie viewers.

This is a MUST-SEE film for fans of Vince Vaughn, one of the most talented actors of his generation. As for the Hitchcock fans I would give this film a strong recommendation. Also for the latter, if you can watch this film on it's own merit, with an open mind and without constantly comparing it to the original, you too may be pleasantly surprised!




Vaughn is probably one of the most talented actors of his generation

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Created: 02/23/09

Not Up To Par

With the original I hated the remake of the house..the original house was much more creepy looking from the outside..Also I am not a big Anne Heche Fan the Girl just can't act..Vince Vaugn did a great job though with what he was given...kudos to him! This dvd is a bit misleading when I ordered this I thought it was the original because of the collectors edition comment on the front..I was disappointed that it wasn't the original yet I still rather enjoyed this remake..Marion Crane steals a pile of money and runs away she meets up with Norman Bates and his Mother what happens next is a true testement to the brilliance of Alfred Hitchcock..Though the sexual innuendo in this film did take away from the Norman Bates character alot..I give this film 4 out of 5 bars!

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Created: 02/19/09

Trivia nuggets for this movie

The exterior motel set was the same one used in the original Psycho (1960). However, the house was a new set constructed directly in front of the old house on the backlot at Universal Studios. On completion of filming, they moved this second house alongside the first for the backlot tour.

Nicole Kidman and 'Drew Barrymore' were considered for the role of Marion. Kidman could not fit it in due to a scheduling conflict and Barrymore was turned down for being too young to star opposite Vince Vaughn.

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Created: 08/23/06

Psycho (1999) DVD

I never actually saw the original "Psycho," but I saw this one & really liked it. Vince Vaughn played an excellent Norman Bates, or what I would have expected that character to be like since I haven't seen the original movie. I'm not a big fan of Anne Heche as an actress, so it was definitely nice to have her "elminated" earlier on in the movie.

Overall, this is one of those movies where you either like it or you don't like it. I liked it and I would reccommend it to others.

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Created: 04/04/07

SCARY AND EXCITING

This movie is better than the original when i first saw this movie i wouldnt take a shower alone for a good month unless i knew someone was in the house with me and i always keep my door locked and when i go or rent a hotel room i dont leave that door open for nothing. This is a wonderful tale of lust and crimes of passion definilty need to add this one to your collection it was excitng and surprising.

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