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USHE Announcement: Psycho (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 10 2010 - 08:20 AM

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Promotion: Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Release
Headline Date: 5/10/2010
Release Date: 10/19/2010
 
PSYCHO (1960)
 
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Paramount
Theatrical Release: 3/8/1960
Synopsis:
 
Blu-ray Widescreen  50th Anniversary Edition(61112067) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-20468-2-7
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  10/19/2010  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 49 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:  50th Anniversary Edition  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • The Making of Psycho
• Psycho Sound
• In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
• The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
• The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
• The Psycho Archives
• Lobby Cards
• Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
• Production Photographs
• Re-release Trailers
• My Scenes
• Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho")
 
DVD Widescreen  Special Edition(61100450) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-50037-7-3
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  10/7/2008  PreOrder Date:  9/2/2008
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 49 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Digipak  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:  Special Edition  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]N/A
 Bonus Features:  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho")
• Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
• The Shower Scene
• The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
• The Psycho Archives
• Posters and Psycho Ads
• Lobby Cards
• Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
• Production Photographs
• Production Notes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Re-Release Trailers
 
DVD Widescreen  Special Edition(61100450) : Disc 2 (Side A): Bonus Disc 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-50037-7-3
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  10/7/2008  PreOrder Date:  9/2/2008
 Run Time (HH:MM):  -    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Digipak  Layers:  Single
 Audio:    Subtitles:   
 Edition:  Special Edition  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • The Making of Psycho
• In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Alfred Hitchcock Presents "Lamb to the Slaughter"
 
DVD Widescreen  Collector's Edition(61020251) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-20251-2-9
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  5/5/2009  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 49 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
 
 Edition:  Collector's Edition  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W BLACK & WHITE 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]N/A
 Bonus Features:  • The Making of Psycho
• Re-Release Trailers
• Newsreel Footage: The Release of "Psycho"
• The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
• Production Photographs
• Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
• The Shower Scene: Storyboard by Saul Bass
• Lobby Cards
• Posters and "Psycho" Ads
 


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#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted May 10 2010 - 08:27 AM

Fantastic news!

#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted May 11 2010 - 02:51 PM

I'm officially stoked.


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Posted May 11 2010 - 03:01 PM

Should we worry about the PQ for this after Universal's latest debacle w/ Elizabeth, et al? /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif /img/vbsmilies/htf/angry.gif


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#5 of 15 OFFLINE   dana martin

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Posted May 12 2010 - 07:48 AM

YES, time to worry


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#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Rob Willey

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Posted May 12 2010 - 09:25 PM

"COLOR"?


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#7 of 15 OFFLINE   dana martin

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Posted May 12 2010 - 11:51 PM

makes one wonder if somone who doesnt know the difference will put in the shot for shot remake,


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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted May 13 2010 - 02:31 AM

Will the aspect ratio be 1.85 or 1.66?



#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted May 13 2010 - 04:07 AM

Probably 1.78:1, as this was shot open matte and will likely be transferred to fit the full 16:9 frame. I've done some hunting around the web to confirm/deny that this was designed to be projected 1.66:1, but nothing definitive has come out. It's also entirely possible that this was shot with a 1.75:1 ratio in mind, as that ratio was popular among European filmmakers and some American studios (Disney, for example).


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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Jack Theakston

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Posted May 13 2010 - 09:15 AM

1.85 is the appropriate ratio for PSYCHO, and that's coming from paperwork that was filed with Pathe Labs when the film was being processed.


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Posted May 13 2010 - 04:51 PM

Thanks for you input, Stephen_J_H.

Originally Posted by Jack Theakston 

1.85 is the appropriate ratio for PSYCHO, and that's coming from paperwork that was filed with Pathe Labs when the film was being processed.


Thanks for setting that issue straight, Jack. I was hoping you'd chime in.

I've kept a full-screen VHS because I find the additional top and bottom information interesting at key points of the film. A shadow is added to the lower part of the frame during the shower murder. There is no question that the widescreen version is right and better, although sometimes it seems a little tight.


Still an awesome achievement, any way you look at this film.




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Posted May 13 2010 - 09:48 PM


A shadow is added to the lower part of the frame during the shower murder.


That's a hard matte that was added after the film was shot so that no knucklehead projectionist could rack (pardon the pun) down the framing to see Ms. Leigh's bosom.  It mattes to nearly 1.85-1, again showing that there is really no other possible ratio to run the film in.


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Posted May 14 2010 - 06:25 AM

I don't dispute 1.85 as the proper ratio.

I point out, however, that while Hitchcock composed for 1:85 he also kept his framing TV safe which means he fills the 4:3 area with additional top and bottom information that serves the story. For example, more stuffed / pictured birds in background during Janet Leigh's discussion with Anthony Perkins. There are several other examples but I haven't watched it in a while so it's not fresh in my mind. The full-frame is not the composition Hitchcock preferred, but it's not an illegitimate variation, either. I saw that repeatedly for 25 years before the widescreen version became available.


As for your pun about Janet Leigh's bosom ... let's not be prudes. Nudity is often used to show the vulnerability and threatened mortality of a person. I believe Hitchcock would have allowed nudity if the morality of 1960 had permitted it. In fact, if WindowsVista did not prevent me from posting screen captures, I would prove to you that there is breast nudity in the shower murder anyhow, out-of-focus behind the hand clutching the curtain. Given that the hard matte was not present during shooting and was added in post, removing it now would probably free the director's intent after all these years.




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Posted May 18 2010 - 12:16 PM



Originally Posted by Man-Fai Wong 

Should we worry about the PQ for this after Universal's latest debacle w/ Elizabeth, et al? /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif /img/vbsmilies/htf/angry.gif


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I think this will be fine.  If this is a full restoration it should look quite good.


#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Douglas Monce

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Posted May 18 2010 - 12:25 PM

Even if Psycho had been framed for 1.66:1, there would have been virtually no theaters in the U.S. capable of showing it that way. It would have been projected at 1.85:1.


The out of focus breast WAS in fact an issue with the MPAA. They demanded that Hitchcock remove that shot from the film. Some weeks later he re-submitted the film with out making a single change, and got it approved for release. I  guess they blinked and missed the shot on the second viewing.


By the way if you removed the hard matte on the shot of Janet Leigh, you would not see her breasts, but rather a muslin body suit that had been attached to her with spirit gum. The out of focus nude breast is actually that of her double.


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