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Cat & The Canary [DVD] [1927] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D1FHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Darragh on 24 May 2006
Format: DVD
Paul Leni's fantastic 1927 "old dark house" film of the then very successful play "The Cat and the Canary" still packs a cinematic punch that none of the later remakes could even approach. The film is played completely straight and the German imprssionist cinema that Leni had proved so successful with in his homeland translated to Hollywood without a shadow lost or a set that would let it down. Laura La Plante is a heroine-in-peril without parallel and the cast of characters that surround her in this creepy, truly brilliant piece of cinema history all give 100 per cent support. The plot has been imitated more times than one could count, but never equalled. The cinemaphotgrapy, with its use of light and darkness, shadows and light and the cage-like framing of the damsel in distress is a joy to behold. Leni died just two years after making this movie, but I challenge anyone to realise that this is a "silent movie". (In reality there was no such genre, just movies without spoken dialogue and usually an excellent score, as Leni's film now possesses to assist the atmospherics). See it and delight in it, it is one of a kind and as gripping and funny - and above all, superbly cast - today as it was in 1927! Tom Darragh, Dublin, Ireland.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
If you have a sense of humor, like a good fright and are unsure whether or not you can tolerate the old silent films, this is one to start out with. It's clever, scary, eerie and funny. One critic said it looked like Hollywood gothic. The director, Paul Leni, came over from Germany and brought a whole bag of German film tricks with him...weird shadows on staircases, images superimposed on other images and billowing drapes. One character looks like a first cousin to Dr. Caligari. Another has fingernails that would make a manicurist retch.

An eccentric, rich old man died in his huge, grotesque mansion. His relatives had circled around him "like cats around a canary." He stipulated that his will was only to be opened twenty years after his death, at midnight; that the person inheriting had to be examined and declared sane by the end of the night; and that if the person is judged insane then another person, named in a second sealed envelope, will inherit. And so, on a dark and stormy night, the relatives gather. The will is read and the inheritor is a young woman, Annabelle West (Laura La Plante), who was the most distant relative. But what of the others...the lawyer who reads the will, the tall, enigmatic man and his more forthright cousin, who appear to dislike each other intensely; the young, feckless man who seems more fearful than brave; and the rather vapid young woman and her sour aunt. Hovering in the background is Mammy Pleasant, the dour housekeeper who has lived by herself in the mansion for 20 years. She has a glare that can freeze your toes. If that isn't enough, the group learns that a madman has escaped from a nearby asylum and is hiding on the grounds or in the mansion.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scotraven on 24 Mar 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A must have for collectors and lovers of haunted old dark house type films. For UK readers thinking about buying the 2005 Image Entertainment edition of "The Cat and the Canary (1927)" I would confirm that this NTSC disc is Region 0 (region free), and I believe it currently has the best print available of the film. This special edition is tinted and comes with two music scores, together with the delightful Harold Lloyd short "Haunted Spooks" from 1920.
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