Psycho – The Roger Ebert Cut
“If I were bold enough to reedit Hitchcock’s film, I would include only the doctor’s first explanation of Norman’s dual personality: “Norman Bates no longer exists. He only half existed to begin with. And now, the other half has taken over, probably for all time.” Then I would cut out everything else the psychiatrist says, and cut to the shots of Norman wrapped in the blanket while his mother’s voice speaks (“It’s sad when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son…”). Those edits, I submit, would have made “Psycho” very nearly perfect. I have never encountered a single convincing defense of the psychiatric blather.”
-1 scene cut.
February 7, 2009 @ 11:59 am
I think Roger Ebert is right. There is really no loss at all with the psychiatrist’s babbling removed, actually the tension is improved by this.
Now this is of course not a very creative fanedit, but the concept is just cool. Thank you, stomachworm, for just doing it and really being bold enough to make this see the light of the day.
As for the cut: the transition used feels a tiny bit out of place. A hard cut would have worked better IMO. Still, nice job. The new title was included ok, but not fittingly to the intro style. It works though.
No menus, just some intro scenes before the movie starts is a bit weak for presentation. Since it is a full DVD, I would have loved some more.
Ratings: (out of 5)
concept: 5 stars
editing job: 3 stars
entertainment: 5 stars
presentation: 2 stars
overall: a solid 4 from me.