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Deadly Movies Investigates: The Strange Case of the German Uncut Version of Psycho (1960)

This is a great movie legend that goes a little something like this: In the 70s and 80s German TV networks were showing an ‘uncut‘ version of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal masterpiece Psycho. Now this revelation, whilst true, isn’t quite as exciting as it sounds. There’s no new scenes, alternative endings, or sci-fi revelations featuring Fu Manchu, but there is some 20-30 seconds of extended footage during some key scenes. So here’s the history; In the 60s and 70s Psycho slowly made Its way around the world TV markets. As it reached different countries each made various cuts to fit their own domestic censorship and corporate laws. Countries including the US, UK, New Zealand, and Norway all made cuts to the final product. The slightly cut US version is the one we widely accept as the definitive Psycho and it’s this cut that has been used for VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray releases ever since. But it would appear that it was the Germans who made no cuts whatsoever to the movie and those lucky so-and-so’s have been enjoying a TV cut that the rest of us haven’t been privy to ever since. Check out the images below for a breakdown of the extended uncut scenes as seen on German TV. Hey Universal Pictures, get this cut out on DVD, make some money and make us happy. Continue reading

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