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Lodger [DVD] [1927] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

June , Ivor Novello , Alfred Hitchcock    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: June, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, Malcolm Keen
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alfred Hitchcock, Eliot Stannard, Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Producers: Carlyle Blackwell, Michael Balcon
  • Format: Black & White, 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: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JV5BIU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,846 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Widely regarded as the first big screen thriller to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Lodger was made back in 1927, and has been beautifully restored for this Blu-ray release. It's a fine way for people to discover the movie for the first time, as a result.

The film itself is a suspenseful thriller, as you might expect, telling the story of a young woman called Daisy, who takes in a lodger. Her other half, Joe, is a detective, and he gets suspicious of the aforementioned lodger, not least because a serial killer is on the loose. And even though the film was made very early in Hitchcock's career, the telltale signs, the mastery of suspense, and the wonderful framing, is all evident.

One particular addition to this Blu-ray transfer, and a very strong one, is a brand new orchestral soundtrack. The Lodger is a silent film, and thus Nitin Sawhney has, with the aid of the London Symphony Orchestra, composed and recorded a soundtrack for the film. It's a fitting, glorious piece of work, that compliments the film extremely well.

The Blu-ray also boasts the soundtrack CD itself, as well as a commemorative booklet. And it's a fitting package for an important, rarely talked-about film, that's ripe for rediscovery. After all, any film that can still impress, over three quarters of a century since it was first screened, really deserves support. --Jon Foster

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop song belittles otherwise reference restoration 13 April 2013
I'm always happy if a film classic get's the restoration treatment it deserves - especially if this concerns silent movies (which are always treated quiet novercal).

So, after I've learned that Hitchcock's The Lodger would be released in a restored version for the first time on blu-ray I was looking forward to this one. I was even happier when I heard that the blu-ray would contain a completely new score. At this point I believed that "new" score was a metaphor for a new orchestration and recording of what I believed was the classic The Lodger score (because it had already appeared on some of the previous DVD-releases of the movie).

Therefore I was astonished when it was pronounced that there would be a complete newly composed score and that the composer was Nitin Sawhney. I already knew a few very beautiful chill out tracks by Sawhney and was wondering in what direction this score would go. Giorgio Moroder's score for Metropolis proved that modern music and silent films can go along very well. On the other hand a classic score fits a silent movie still best. So I assumed that the Nitin Sawhney score would be an extra soundtrack and the classic score would be included as the main soundtrack. Little did I know...

First of all: It seems that there has never been a classical score for The Lodger (in contrast for example to Metropolis, where an orchestra played the music live in the big movie theatres). What I believed was the original score was added afterwards for the DVD release.

Second: The composition of Nitin Sawhney is mostly a classical one with a few references to the music of the 1920s.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Hitchcocks' "The Lodger" (1925) 19 Nov 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This third film of Alfred Hitchcock's was his first thriller. This inspired account of a Jack-the-Ripper-style murderer named "The Avenger", who kills blond-haired women on Tuesday nights in London, shows a young and creative directorial talent at work.
Hitchcock worked from his own scenario of star Ivor Novello's stage play for this initial foray into what would later be familiar Hitchcock territory. Novello portrays a strange and aloof lodger, who stays in a room above a lower-middle-class family. In the evening streets of London, the Avenger's victims are being found closer and closer to the lodging houses. Eventually the landlords, and their daughter's police detective suitor, come to suspect that the mysterious lodger has unholy designs on their beautiful blond daughter. Can their suspicions be confirmed before it is too late?
Throughout the film there are examples of visual inspiration in shots of a restless lodger in the room above pacing back and forth as seen, through the floor (as if eyes could read what ears are unable to hear in silent films), by the landlady below, or in the desperate lodger suspended only by handcuffs on a spiked metal fence. The Lodger is an early treat for fans of Hitchcock's distinctive storytelling technique. We dare say that this film is his most entertaining and flashy narrative until 1929's Blackmail. And, for those wondering, Hitchcock makes the first of his on-screen appearances, with Hitchcock sitting with his back to the camera in an early newspaper office sequence and as a flat-grey-hat wearing crowd member in the climax.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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For Hitchcock buffs, THE LODGER easily deserves a four or five star rating. This 2012 blu-ray version boasts an excellent visual presentation, but is let down by a variable soundtrack score.

Silent film scores tend to work best when they DO NOT draw attention to themselves. They shouldn't detract from the visual experience ... silent films are a pictorial medium ... the score should subtly reference and flow smoothly with the imagery on screen and the moods they convey. There are obviously composers who know and understand this, with Carl Davis probably the most experienced and respected in this field. Several years ago, Turner Classic Movies actually created a competition for young composers to try their hand at scoring several of the silents in the MGM/Warner collections. Most of those scores were very well done. Whoever organized and watched over the results obviously understood the basic criteria for successful silent film scoring. On the flip side of the coin are the composers who are commissioned for this task who find it necessary to either "experiment" or personalize their music beyond the perimeters of SERVING the film they are commissioned to score.

The new score for THE LODGER, which is being promoted rather prominently for the new dvd/blu-ray release, is frequently much too busy a score to serve the film properly. The composer had the benefit of the London Symphony Orchestra to play it, though there are many instances when the music seems to go off in its own direction, failing to UNDERscore what is going on a particular scene ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars its ok. its a silent film what can i ...
its ok.its a silent film what can i say.
Published 26 days ago by patricia Ruscoe
Published 29 days ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark In British Film-making
Almost by definition, the first film generally accepted (by the man himself, as well) as the first 'real Hitchcock film’ (his third completed feature) must be designated as highly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic masterpiece of suspense
This film works well on so many levels; suspense, romance, an evocation of a London long gone and an example of a very early Hitchcock film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Junius
4.0 out of 5 stars The first true suspense of Hitchock and a sexy Ivor Novello
Never seen before this movie but I was curious about when I have read in the british film museum in London something about "THE LODGER". Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anton Beat Riess
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitch renewed.
A marvellous job of restoration on a classic silent Hitchcock early British movie. A murder mystery, loosely based on the Jack the ripper killings, featuring Ivor Novello, an actor... Read more
Published 21 months ago by mihos
5.0 out of 5 stars Look looking early Hitchcock!
The film transfer is excellent with all the proper original tinting. The grain is subtle and the picture is sharp. Read more
Published 21 months ago by William C. Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lodger - 2012 Network Blu-ray Review
'The Lodger' is the second-earliest Hitchcock film known to survive today, and arguably the most famous of the silent films he made. Read more
Published 24 months ago by T Everson
3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Apprenticeship.
From the perspective of the history of film the DVD was interesting but it bore little similarity to Mrs Belloc Lowndes's chilling novel. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by Ray Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's 'The Lodger' Region 1 DVD
Lodger [DVD] [1927] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] Part of MGM's 'Hitchcock Premier Collection', this has been superbly restored - MGM spent very heavily on this collection. Read more
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