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