Movie Review: PSYCHO II (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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Anthony Perkins makes a terrifying homecoming in his roles as the infamous Norman Bates, who after years of treatment in a mental institution for the criminally insane, has come home to run the Bates Motel. Vera Miles returns as the woman who is still haunted by her sister’s brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred many years ago. Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia and Dennis Franz co-star in the terrifying sequel to Alfred Hitchock’s classic film directed by Richard Franklin.

The movie starts with that famous shower scene from the original that horror fans are so familiar with and this sets up the beginning of the sequel  Norman Bates returns home after 22 years in PSYCHO II but why? Psycho was a horror classic that didn’t need any sequels or that horrible remake we got back in the 90s but we got them anyway. Psycho II came along when other new horror franchises began to spit out sequels, like the Halloween franchise and Friday the 13th which cranked one out almost every year once it got started.

So, the movie follows Norman who tries to settle in to as normal of a life as he can after his release but it’s his past that still haunts him and there’s people who are out for revenge which is the focus point in this movie. A mother and her daughter are out to get Norman and people begin to wind up dead (SURPRISE!) and this begins to stir up Norman’s fragile sanity. The daughter begins to have a soft spot for Norman and confesses that she and her mom were trying to get him reinstitutionalized but by this point he doesn’t know what’s reality and what’s being made up, or does he?  The thing about Norman is, he’s a lot smarter than we give him credit for. Even though he’s all shaken up and acts all nervous and weird all the time, he knows what’s going on around him. You know Norman has had enough when he starts talking to his mother! Phone calls, the creepy voice, peep holes all begin to be a part of Norman’s life again.

The story for Psycho II is actually pretty cool and the cast is fantastic in the horror sequel but it’s always Anthony Perkins who steals the show simply because it is his show!  I thought Scream Factory did a fantastic job for the transfer to high-def, the picture and sound are both crystal clear on this Blu-ray

The packaging comes with a slip cover and features the original key art on the front so retro fans should be pleased and the back includes movie details, some stills and the special features listing.  Something else I like about this is the cool animated menu that features the “Bates Motel” sign with some familiar music playing in the background.

Bottom line is, this Psycho II (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray was a great watch and it’s about time this movie got the Blu-ray treatment! This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray releases on September 24th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 113 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: it’s always cool to get something new included with an older movie like this. Tom Holland has some commentary on here as you can see below which is a definite highlight for this release but something else I like are the vintage TV spots and theatrical trailer that are also included. All good stuff!

  • All-new Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Tom Holland
  • Vintage interviews with cast and crew including Anthony Perkins and director Richard Franklin
  • Vintage audio interviews with cast and crew
  • TV Spots
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
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