|Category||Thriller||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Gus Van Sant (Director), Anne Heche (Actor) & Vince Vaughn (Actor)|
|Running Time||99:25 minutes||Other Extras||Featurette-Making Of: Psycho Path (29:12)
Psycho Screen Saver
Cast & Crew Biographies
|Region||2,4||Director||Gus Van Sant|
William H. Macy
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages
|English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384Kb/s)|
|English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|English for the Hearing Impaired||Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|English for the Hearing Impaired
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, static shot during credits|
I personally have not seen the original Psycho, but it is due for release in Region 4 in October 1999, so it will be interesting to compare my reaction to that movie to my reaction to this movie.
Marion Crane (Anne Heche) is a struggling assistant in a real estate agency. She has a lover, Sam Loomis (Viggo Mortensen), who is in debt to his ex-wife. Once his debt is cleared, he intends to marry Marion. Marion's boss makes a big real estate sale, which the purchaser settles in cash, all $400,000 worth. Marion is entrusted with the task of taking this hefty sum of cash to the bank, but temptation proves to be too much and she heads for Sam's residence. Along the way, she stops at the Bates Motel, run by Norman Bates (Vince Vaughn), which is where things go from bad to worse.
This is an excellent transfer.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was generally very sharp and very clear throughout except for a small number of scenes which were slightly grainy and a few scenes which appeared a little over-bright, although this appears to have been the intention of the cinematographer. The scene in the real estate office appeared slightly grainy as did the spiralling out scene just after the shower sequence. Shadow detail was excellent and there was no low level noise.
The colours were variably rendered throughout, a deliberate choice on the part of the cinematographer, starting off quite pale and washed-out and then progressively becoming more and more saturated as the movie progresses.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. There was no aliasing of any significance, and film artefacts were very few and far between.
Subtitles can be selected via the remote control, and all subtitles are available via the remote, no matter what Region the DVD player is set to. The subtitle menu, however, is dependent on which Region the DVD player is set to.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change during Chapter 11, at 62:08. The layer change is minimally intrusive.
There are five audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, and an English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded track. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and to the English Audio Commentary track.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand except for the very start of the movie, where some of Viggo Mortensen's lines were hard to make out. This may have been a delivery problem more so than anything else.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The score by Bernard Herrmann was adapted slightly and re-recorded for this version of the movie by Danny Elfman, and it remains true to the original intent of the score, except with higher fidelity. It is a very jarring and at times frightening soundtrack which heightens the tension of the on-screen action considerably.
The surround channels were well-used for subtle and not-so-subtle ambience, with rain and outdoor noises creating a very enveloping sound field. On occasions, disembodied voices float all around the soundfield, something clearly not possible with the original mono sound mix. Music was also mixed into the rears at times.
The .1 channel had little use.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.
The extras are good.
© Michael Demtschyna
17th September 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|