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Of the four Alfred Hitchcock films released on the DiscoVision label, Psycho was generally the most
available. This version faded from sight during late 1980 and was listed for the last time in the October 1980
The video transfer is first rate. It would have rated a full 5 stars, except for some of the dark scenes where
nothing can be seen. The black & white image is sharp, well defined and is very well represented on this Extended
Play edition. The audio is very well done, but is given to very loud spots at points during the film, which tends
to blare out everything else in the room. (not necessarily a bad thing). The audio seems just a hair out of sync with
the video. This is most likely the result of how DiscoVision transferred the audio. It has been reported that the
transfer technician located an original 35mm mag print master soundtrack and synchronized it to the print during the
transfer. This accounts for the lack of audio interruption during the numerous breaks which are present in the
One of the copies reviewed had an interesting mastering trait. Several hundred frames beyond the end of side 5,
the frame numbers begin again. Not uncommon for all DiscoVision discs, but if allowed to play out, a Color bar
and test tone pattern appears. This lasts for several thousand frames and then the DiscoVision music begins and
the opening graphics for side 2 of Three Days of the Condor begin.
The first 29 frames of are present, the frame counter resets to 1 and then the entire mess is repeated 3 times
before the normal black background returns for the balance of the playable side.
MCA/Universal Home Video released a new version of Psycho in August 1988 (Catalog #: 11003). In May 1998 Universal
Studios Home Video released a deluxe edition of Psycho as part of their Signature Collection.
This THX® certified Widescreen (1.85:1) Deluxe Edition
(Catalog #: 43105) is spread across 4 extended play sides and 1 standard play side, and includes a new documentary and
isolated Bernard Hermann score.
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