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

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I09
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,882 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Now Zoltan on 8 Aug. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Napier on 15 Dec. 2012
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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.

Yes, you get the choice of English or French audio and English or French subtitles. So far so good but the only person in the film actually speaking French, as far as I could judge from lip-reading, was the man reading from a newspaper. All the rest seemed to me to be speaking English.

That said, Polanski does a good job in recreating a dark and antiquated Paris, straight out of Balzac, that was fast disappearing in the mid-seventies everywhere except in the American imagination, and not having the actors speaking American English helps to preserve that.

I had the French subtitles on out of interest and I must add that there is just about the biggest gap I've ever come across between the dubbing and the subtitles. I can only assume that both were translated separately from the English dialogues.

Although the French release has a French jacket, the disc is labelled The Tenant and mine had the quirk of shutting down, whatever options I had selected, when I clicked on Play Film. The only way forward was to select instead Scene Selection / Scene 1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Cartwright on 15 Aug. 2014
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An absolute classic. I had not seen this film for about thirty years, and as it has seldom been screened on television, I erroneously assumed that it would be inferior to the director's more famous works, despite the fact that I remembered really enjoying it upon first viewing.
The film is an excellent adaptation of Roland Topor's novel about alienation, paranoia and madness, which Polanski has managed to transpose with his characteristic talent for creating an extremely dark and unsettling experience with moments of dark humour remeniscient of Theatre of the Absurd.
Polanski is flawless in his portrayal of the protagonist who is a Polish immigrant like the director, thus renedering him the best person to play the part. One notices similarities with other Polanski classics such as Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown and the movie carries the unmistakable stamp of one of the most disturbing and interesting film makers of the Twentieth Century.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jan Stephens on 21 Jun. 2007
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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 By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2004
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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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