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Video: How Does The Disc Look?
The film is presented in glorious 1080p - it looks to be the same transfer afforded the movie's BD debut. Still in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 from even the opening scene the picture improvement is obvious. Even the hairs on Janet Leigh’s arms are easily visible. When the camera zooms in on the money laying on the bed the detail of the fibers of the blanket are incredible. After seeing her boss walk by her car you can see the worried gleam in her eye.
The film is of course in black & white, so this transfer is all about shading, and it is presented near perfectly. The detail is incredible and the black levels are deep and dark with great contrast to the subtle shadings and bright whites. I could find no white or black crush, no macroblocking or edge halos. There is still a very minor amount of discolored pixels that appeared randomly, but I found it to be almost unnoticeable and hardly worth mentioning.
Audio: How Does The Disc Sound?
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound mix here is also a port-over. From the music over the opening credits it is obvious that this isn’t the same old aural experience that you’ve ever had with previous Psycho home video versions. The fidelity and surround usage with the music here alone is a thing of beauty and makes an upgrade to Blu-ray worth it. The new mix showcases the brilliant score all the more, which in turn improves its impact, and I would say the film’s impact as a whole. The screeching violins are piercingly sharp from the tweeters and the deep tones of the bass resonate beautifully from the subwoofer. This isn’t all to say it’s a perfect mix. I did find that some sound effects were showcased a bit too much, calling the listener’s attention to the new mix. It was like they were trying to show off what they had done with the new audio mix.
Also included is the original mono mix in English (presented in DTS 2.0) and the French DTS 2.0 mono mix. English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles are also included.