Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic shocker thriller, has been restored in 4K and re-released today, May 27th, in cinemas in the UK and Ireland plus selected international territories, including France, Austria, Spain, Denmark and Switzerland.
This version of the movie features thirteen seconds of restored footage which had been cut by censors after its initial US theatrical release. The film can now be appreciated how it was originally seen in American cinemas in 1960.
Trailer [2160p 4K]:
Meanwhile, here’s is our 2012 coverage of this movie, plus some more recent YouTube additions:
The screenplay by Joseph Stefano is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch (see details below). The novel was loosely inspired by the real-life crimes of Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein, who lived just forty miles from Bloch.
The film depicts the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who goes to a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer, and the motel’s disturbed owner and manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and the aftermath of their encounter…
Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics.
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Psycho is often ranked among the greatest films of all time and is famous for bringing in a new level of acceptable violence and sexuality in films. After Hitchcock’s death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: two sequels, a prequel, a remake, and a television movie spin-off.