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Tenant [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Roman Polanski , Isabelle Adjani , Roman Polanski    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, Roland Topor
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Andrew Braunsberg, Hercules Bellville
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2003
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I09
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars creepy 21 Jun 2004
I couldn`t sleep a wink after watching this super creepy movie. Roman Polanski is our hero(?) who moves into a creepy apartment block filled with sinister residents where the previous tenant had thrown herself from the window! Soon after moving in strange things start occurring, such as a tooth in the wall(!) and odd noises in the night... are the residents trying to send him mad? Are there more sinster forces at work? Or is Polanski just a very sick man? By the end of the movie not all the questions are answered and the movie is very slow, but watch it late at night for a creepiness not found in many films. I really liked the subtle use of repetion in the movie too and found the atmosphere in the movie more and more suffocating as the story progressed. definately an undiscovered masterpiece of its kind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - can mess with your head! 8 Aug 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've been wanting to see this film for many years but for some reason it's always passed me by. Well, I saw it last night and ,to put it mildly, I was blown away - this is one of the creepiest films I've ever seen, for me even better than the more feted Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion. Polanski himself is great as the nice Polish fellow who moves into the apartment block from hell, the eccentric supporting cast who bedevil/try to help him is also first class. There's an intensity in the use of colour and sound here which is totally unnerving - by the end I was fearing the next appearance of the colour orange - sounds ridiculous, but see the film and you'll know what I mean. The Egyptology vein running through the film is also brilliantly done - its 'mummy' will haunt me for the rest of my days.
In short - absolute classic - if you love being spooked or just love great filmaking, buy this.
To confirm previous review - no French audio track which is inexplicable considering we get Italian and German. Shame, typical Paramount - hopefully Criterion or somesuch will get the rights and do a decent edition.
Footnote - This film shares not only the same producer as Mulholland Drive (Alain Sarde) but also its terrifying old couple - coincidence?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange little man 21 Jun 2007
What can I say .. this certainly was an interesting viewing experience. Mr Polanski Directs and stars in this paronoid thrill ride of a film that will keep you guessing to the very end. Trelkovsky (Polanski) moves in to a recently vacated apartment situated in lovely Paris (what could be better), but soon finds that the building holds strange peculiarities (and I'm not just talking about the fellow tenants). What are they really up to? What really happened to the previous tenant? .. and do I look good in a dress????
It's maybe not as quirky as The Fearless Vampire Killers or as chilling as Rosemary's baby, but it's definitely one to watch if your a fan of his work. Even though Polanski spends most of his time in front of the camera, he still manages to create some very interesting shots that you'd expect from one of his films.
The dub gets a little lost in places, but I found that this tended to add something special to the overall dreamy feel of the movie. It's a shame the DVD version hasn't any extras as it would have been nice to find out a little more about the films concept.
On the hole It's well worth checking out (or should I say checking in?).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madness 3 Mar 2004
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Anyone already familiar with Repulsion will know that Polanski can conjure up fear and unease like few other directors. His output cannot be categorised as horror in the chiched sense that Rosemary's Baby achieved through Satan worshipping, but by portraying descent into paranoia and insanity they achieve so much more than your run-of-the-mill thriller.
Films that grab you by the throat and leave you feeling totally uncomfortable they definitely are, speaking volumes for the director's menacing psyche. At his best, few directors can achieve edge-of-the-seat suspense the way that Polanski can. Witness his skill at focusing on tiny details, until their significance grows disproportionately and distorts all around it with creepy effect. Polanski does claustrophobia like nobody else.
Although The Tenant failed to earn rave reviews in the way that Repulsion did, Polanski earns his acting spurs with a magnificent performance in the title role. The tenant moves into a mundane apartment block populated by residents with a paranoid obsession about the slightest noise, disturbance or behaviour deemed inappropriate. Forced by his neighbours to live in increasing isolation, and to spy for fear of being caught, bizarre fantasies form in the tenant's mind. His increasing madness has horrifying consequences for all concerned. The climax is both shocking and totally believable - this is man-made horror.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polanski performing a dead-pan exorcism. 11 Jan 2010
There is something of the Harlequin about Roman Polanski. I had read the reviews about it being the disappointing follow-up to Chinatown. I might have been disappointed too, if Chinatown was all I had known of Polanski. The Tenant is a little disjointed, and doesn't have a full baked appearance. But what about the images? A football turning into a severed head, drawing the protagonists attention to what looks like a lynching, or a trip to the Guillotine going on down in the courtyard below. Then there is the reversal of Rear Window where the neighbours become the spectators instead of the spectacle. I get the feeling that making this film was an intensely personal experience for Roman Polanski. It can be viewed as the second incarnation of Repulsion. I think this is substantially better. Stylistically The Tenant lacks polish, but so what? Polanski seems to be exorcising his demons, something he does with great dignity and humour while remaining on the dead-pan side of farce. When he cries while being mothered by Isabelle Adjani, you get the sense it is Polanski who is crying. And when a short while later he rips up her photo-album you get the feeling it is for her sake, not because he really believes she is part of a conspiracy, but to prevent her from being caught up in the hell in which he is trapped. You have to love a director who consistently throws an affectionate light on wretched characters like this. Polanski isn't a detached intellectual. Like the Harlequin he is a bit feral, full of peasant cunning, but important nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insane in the Polanski-Brain!
Based on Roland Topor's original novel-an unnerving, darkly humorous descent into a lonely abyss of insanity,Roman Polanski acts and directs this masterpiece with... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Mr. C. Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars Original & Interesting Story But a Crap Film
I owned this on DVD and watched it once then threw it away as its actually an embarrassment to own such a crap film on DVD! Read more
Published 13 months ago by milesfb
3.0 out of 5 stars The Language Question
Having watched the sometimes derided English language release a couple of years ago, I've now returned to watch the French release referred to here. Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Napier
1.0 out of 5 stars Give it a miss, you'll never get the time back!
I was so disappointed with this film and forced myself to watch it till the end only because I had paid for it! It is sooooo long, there's no real story, it's dubbed in parts. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Miss Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Polanski's Macabre Thriller
Roman Polanski's 1976 film The Tenant is, for me, something of a flawed horror/mystery classic. By turns, brilliantly atmospheric and genuinely frightening, but also in parts... Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Keith M
3.0 out of 5 stars False description: no French audio
I'm not reviewing the film itself that I always enjoyed as a dark surrealistic comedy between Kafka and Buñuel. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by "Bluedusk"
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark and depressing
Mr Polansky's character rents an ugly little flat in an ugly cheap building in Paris. The landlord, who lives in the building, is neither well off nor does he have very good... Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Wanderer75
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on Rosemary's Baby or Repulsion (spoilers)
'The Tenant' is the third installment in the loosely-linked 'Apartment Trilogy', and it is far and away the weakest of the three. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Amanda Huggenkiss
3.0 out of 5 stars No French language !! Pas de version française !!
The information about the French language available on this dvd edition is wrong, there's none !!...and I bought it because of the French version. What a disappointment. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by contrebande
3.0 out of 5 stars Effective study of living alone in Paris
This is not the best film I have ever seen, but the acting from everyone involved is first-rate and Roman Polanski really captures the isolation of living alone in Paris. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Mrs. D. Kirk
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