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Catalog Number 11-003
Format Standard Play CAV
Running Time 108 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $15.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 30,668 21min 18sec
2 32,737 22min 44sec
3 30,615 21min 16sec
4 31,208 21min 40sec
5 32,025 22min 14sec
157,253 109min 12sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Large Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

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 catalog.

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 transfer print.

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.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

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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