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Goodtime, the company that released Psycho II on DVD, has done a fairly good job on some accounts, a lousy job on others. For starters, the film is shown full frame, not in its theatrical aspect ratio. Still, the picture quality is good, though there is a lack of true clarity -- at times the picture seems a bit hazy and unfocused. The image never looks awful, just not very sharp; the addition of an anamorphic transfer would greatly have improved the overall quality. The sound is also good, though far from ...
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Goodtime, the company that released Psycho II on DVD, has done a fairly good job on some accounts, a lousy job on others. For starters, the film is shown full frame, not in its theatrical aspect ratio. Still, the picture quality is good, though there is a lack of true clarity -- at times the picture seems a bit hazy and unfocused. The image never looks awful, just not very sharp; the addition of an anamorphic transfer would greatly have improved the overall quality. The sound is also good, though far from stellar. Presented in what is an equivalent to a Dolby Digital 4.0, this is a surround track without much surround. The front speakers, which get most of the use, do produce a clean sound, but beyond that there is nothing else. Even at lower levels, the center speakers put out decent audio that is free of distortion. As with most of the other titles from Goodtimes, the extras are weak. This disc only has a brief "Production Notes" area, which gives a little behind-the-scenes information.
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It's debatable whether or not a sequel to Psycho was really necessary, but Psycho II manages to beat the odds with surprising style. Not only is this a solid horror film, it's one of the best horror sequels ever made. The key to Psycho II's effectiveness is its old-fashioned approach to suspense. Despite the occasional flash of gore, this film is a subtle, low-key affair that earns its chills by concentrating on story and character. Tom Holland's clever script wisely takes its time to layer on its complications and surprises and builds gracefully to a final act full of shocks and surprises, especially its deviously clever final twist. Avowed Hitchcock disciple Richard Franklin does some fine work in the director's chair, quoting some of the most memorable visual devices from the original Hitchcock classic while working in some modern flourishes, including one memorably head-spinning crane shot. His skill makes it possible for him to turn even the simplest scene into a nail-biter: a great example is a scene where Norman's discovery of a note from Mother is intercut with a scene where Mary is harassed by Toomey. This sequence climaxes with a memorable dual-crescendo after building up a nerve-wracking amount of tension. Franklin also gets fine work from a fantastic support cast: Meg Tilly makes a likeably unconventional romantic interest, Dennis Franz is convincingly sleazy as the embittered former motel manager, and Vera Miles is frightfully intense as the woman obsessed with bringing Norman to justice by any means necessary. However, the most important attribute of the movie is the magnificent, understated performance by Anthony Perkins. He manages to turn a villain into a tragic hero, bringing out the humor and vulnerability in Norman Bates while also maintaining the quiet, menacing edge that keeps the audience guessing about his sanity. All in all, Psycho II is a clever, inspired piece of work that rises above its sequel status to stand on its own as an excellent exercise in suspense.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • UPC: 018713810342
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Norman Bates
Vera Miles Lila Loomis
Meg Tilly Mary
Robert Loggia Dr. Raymond
Dennis Franz Toomey
Hugh Gillin Sheriff Hunt
Claudia Bryar Mrs. Spool
Robert Alan Browne Statler
Ben Hartigan Judge
Lee Garlington Myrna
Tim Maier Josh
Jill Carroll Kim
Chris Hendrie Dep.Pool
Tom Holland Dep. Norris
Thaddeus Smith Deputy Sheriff
Oz Perkins Young Norman
Robert Traynor Desk Clerk
Gene Whittington Diver
George Dickerson County Sheriff
Jackie McNamara
Ben Frommer Sexton
Bruce Greenwood
Technical Credits
Richard Franklin Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
James Allen Production Designer
Melbourne Arnold Special Effects
John W. Corso Production Designer
Chuck Crafts Makeup
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Robert E. Ellsworth Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
William Gray Production Manager
Hilton A. Green Producer
Tom Holland Screenwriter
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Andrew London Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Michael McCracken Makeup
Brian O'Dowd Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Schwartz Executive Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Don Zepfel Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. Restored to Sanity [6:13]
2. Memories [6:53]
3. What Kind of a Motel [5:35]
4. I'm All Right Now [5:51]
5. Business as Usual [8:53]
6. The Walls Have Eyes [3:54]
7. My Mother Is Dead [6:23]
8. Are You Sure This Is Safe? [8:19]
9. It's Starting Again [5:12]
10. As Crazy As He Is [4:44]
11. You Don't Have It in You [6:44]
12. I'll Protect You [5:22]
13. Over the Edge [5:50]
14. What's Your Excuse? [7:56]
15. A Great Load off My Mind [5:25]
16. You Can't Make Me [6:55]
17. Going Home [4:24]
18. You're All I Have [8:02]
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Menu

Side #1
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   Captioned Subtitles
   Production Notes
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