Psycho returns to the Big Screen (with BIG SOUND)

(A frame-by-frame guide on why showers are not safe.)

For Rue Morgue’s current October issue, where Psycho is saluted for being 50 years young & still grisly, I posed three questions to a number of composer specially contacted for the article.

The final piece contains several quotes, but there were further details, opinions, and some digressions that obviously didn’t fit the retro’s purview, so I divided the transcripts from the Q&As into three parts, of which two have already run.

However, before you choose to dig into the pieces, let me direct your attention first to James Burrell’s blog on Psycho memorabilia (and take a good look at that beautiful Belgian poster – much more attractive than the North American campaign).

Part 1 of our Q&As with composers has comments from Elia Cmiral (Splinter), Daniel Licht (Dexter), and John Frizzell (Whiteout).

Part 2 features comments from Austin Wintory (Grace), Michael Wandmacher (Piranha 3D).

In Part 3 – to be uploaded around Monday, closing out this Psycho-themed month – I’ll focus solely on a discussion with Christopher Young (Drag Me to Hell), and maybe a few other goodies.

Those wanting to experience Psycho on the big screen can do so via the TIFF Bell Lightbox, where a cleaned up version of the film will have an exclusive run, starting today!. I’ve seen the print and heard the new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, and I’ve blogged about what to expect when you see it in theatres this weekend, or on Universal’s new Blu-ray edition.

This past Sunday I caught a live performance of Michael Nyman’s NYman with a Movie Camera, accompanied by the composer leading the Michael Nyman Band.

In a nutshell: Nyman composed an original score to Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929), and then edited an original film patterned after the structure of Vertov’s movie, and set to his score. The NYman footage comes from the composer’s own archives, and the resulting film is really, really good.

I’ll have a review of the Vertov film, Nyman’s film, and notes on the DVD versions out there this weekend.

Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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