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Hitchcock [DVD] [2012]

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (61 out of 61)

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    Hitchcock
    Director Sacha Gervasi adapts Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho to explore the relationship between the legendary British director (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), who played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in the making of her husband's terrifying 1960 classic Psycho. Scarlett Johansson co-stars as Janet Leigh and James D'Arcy portrays Anthony Perkins in a film also featuring Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, and Ralph Macchio. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Anthony Hopkins
      Anthony Hopkins - Alfred Hitchcock
    • Helen Mirren
      Helen Mirren - Alma Reville
    • Scarlett Johansson
      Scarlett Johansson - Janet Leigh
    • Jessica Biel
      Jessica Biel - Vera Miles
    • James D'Arcy
      James D'Arcy - Anthony Perkins



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    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 61 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Evening... The Story of Hitchcock's Psycho

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      FamousMonster
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      Directed by Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock is based on Stephen Rebello‘s non-fiction book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. This tongue-in-cheek film adaptation, written by John J. McLaughlin, centers on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of Psycho. Gervasi’s film opens as if it were an episode of the Hitchcock’s short-lived television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. On a Wisconsin farm, Hitchcock witnesses the death of a man at the hands of Ed Gein (Michael Wincott). After delivering his signature, “Good Evening,” Hitchcock introduces us to Gein, a real-life body snatcher and serial killer whose grisly work influenced the cinematic slashers like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs, and, of course, Norman Bates from Psycho. After this humorous, rather charming opening, the story of Psycho begins at the premiere of Hitchcock’s 1959 film, North By Northwest. While the director is no doubt enjoying the critical and financial success of his latest picture, he is struggling to find his next project – that is, until he stumbles across Robert Bloch’s latest novel, Psycho. Hitchcock immediately decides that this grisly tale of murder and madness will be his next project, but he meets resistance from all corners, including his wife and frequent (uncredited) collaborator Alma Reville. With the help of his agent Lew Wasserman (Michael Stuhlbarg), Hitchcock decides to fund the movie himself if Paramount will distribute the picture. Soon, we are introduced to cinematic recreations of screenwriter Joe Stefano (Ralph Macchio), Anthony Perkins (a spot-on James D’Arcy), Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), and Vera Miles (Jessica Biel). The rest, of course, is film history. Unfortunately, Gervasi and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin take several liberties with historical fact and present a simplified, melodramatic summary of the events that differs wildly from what actually took place. Perhaps more than any other film director in the history of the medium, Hitchcock’s career has inspired hundreds of documentaries and biographies on the famed filmmaker – so I’m left completely baffled how Gervasi’s film could inaccurately portray (or simply choose to ignore) the truth behind the making of Psycho. For instance, while Paramount distributed Psycho – the film was shot on set at Universal Studios. The film, however, has Paramount’s President Barney Balaban visiting the Paramount lot demanding to see footage of Hitch’s film. The film pursues this idea that Alfred and Alma’s marriage was a strained one, and that it took collaborating on Psycho to essentially renew their vows. Gervasi and McLaughlin seemingly fabricate a flimsy, rather boring romance between Alma and fellow screenwriter Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston). Here, Cook is seen as a talentless sleazeball, begging Alma to give Hitch his latest screenplay to read. Not once does the movie mention that Cook wrote Hitchcock’s classic film, Strangers on a Train. As for the performances, Hopkins is more of a superficial caricature of Hitchcock – there are fleeting moments when the talented actor channels the director, but for the most part his performance is buried under pounds of prosthetics and hours of time in the makeup chair. Mirren delivers a striking, commanding portrayal, but is actually miscast as the diminutive, mousey Alma. D’Arcy and Johansson are fantastic in their roles, but unfortunately their screen time is limited as Hitchcock has imaginary psychiatrist sessions with Ed Gein and drills peepholes into the walls of his actresses’ dressing rooms. Toni Collette (as Hitch’s assistant Peggy Robertson) and Biel round out a solid ensemble stuck in a so-so movie. Hitchcock is a charming, humorous farce that decides early on it would rather entertain the audience than inform it. In all honesty, I think the more interesting behind-the-scenes Hollywood story would be how exactly Sacha Gervasi got to the director’s chair on this picture. It’s rather peculiar that a filmmaker who only made his debut four years ago with the 2008 documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil is put in charge of telling one of film history’s most important stories. Instead of watching Hitchcock, I would highly recommend purchasing Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray, which includes a fantastic feature-length documentary on the making of the film with insight from Leigh, Robertson, Stefano, and everyone involved in the film’s production. Sure, you won’t see the buxom Scarlett Johansson in the shower, but hey, that’s what the Internet is for!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Compelling look behind Psycho

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      Screamz
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      Anthony Hopkins shines as the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock as he puts together production on one of the greatest horror films ever made, Psycho. There are some liberties taken, but overall this is a great bio-pic about a film rather than a person. All of the casting is spot on, with a blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo by Ralph "Karate Kid" Macchio as screenwriter Joseph Stefano. The scant 98-minute running time will leave you wanting more, but that's not always a bad thing.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      All About Psycho!

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      I can't honestly say I'm a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan but I do like some of his movies (admittedly I can't say I've seen a few of his classic) but Psycho is of course that I have seen. The story revolves around what Hitch had to go through to get what was his biggest movie, all the fun dealing with agents and actors and studios. Hitchcock took a great risk basically financing the film and premier himself but was rewarded with a massive hit and one of the most memorable scenes in movie history!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Accept as based on actual events not real life

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      hound1
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      The movie is based on the time in Hitchcock's life during the production of "Psycho". The thing to remember is it is Hollywood, so, take most of the movie as entertainment and a tad as fact. The actors playing the main characters did a very good job especially Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as Alma. I found it interesting to watch and thought the ending paid homage to the t.v. series with his solo sign off. Accept it as fictional biography and enjoy the characters.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Helen Mirren steals the entire movie.

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      pegasusrider
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      I was apprehensive to buy this movie (having not seen it in the theatre), because in my opinion Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest directors of all time. Plus I was a huge fan of the TV series. And though Anthony Hopkins is one of the finest actors working today, he did only an adequate job portraying the great Hitch. I was glad that this movie was only about making Psycho which was interesting, but Helen Mirren stole the entire movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Man behind "Psycho"

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      jennyz
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      I've always loved Hitchcock films, so to see a movie about the struggle he went through to make what is arguably his most well known film was thoroughly enjoyable. Anthony Hopkins gives an incredible performance, but Helen Mirren as his wife is what really pulls the story together. This is one of those movies that I go back and rewatch every year or so and remember why I enjoyed it so much in the first place; it really never got the credit it deserved.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Performances from the Leads, Excellent Blu

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      Love Hitchcock films early or late -- one of the great filmmakers in cinema history both in Britain and US. The man had his issues, but he did apparently adore his wife, but I'm unsure that the changes made to the facts of his life were truly necessary for the sake of the film. The performances by both Perkins and Mirren are just superb and are worth the price of the disc itself. The plot makes for an interesting couple hours and the Bluray itself is first-rate.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Buy Psycho and Watch the Two Together

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      Neonoircat
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      This amazing movie about the making of Psycho is revealing--about Hitchcock, his quirks and kinks, and the nature of Hollywood. You will learn a lot. For instance, poor Hitch had to finance this film himself, but the studio's loss was his gain, as PSYCHO was a hit and all the profit when to him. Not so happy was the rocky relationship Hitch had with his wife Alma, and the women he made films with.

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