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

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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I09
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Now Zoltan on 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 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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1 of 1 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
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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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2012
Format: DVD
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 containing some horrifically clichéd dialogue and hammy acting, it is very much a mixed bag, but one in which the positives just about outweigh the negatives. Based on a novel by Roland Topor, with a hauntingly eerie soundtrack composed by Philippe Sarde (who also wrote the music for Polanski's 1979 film Tess) and cinematography by Ingmar Bergman's regular collaborator, Sven Nykvist, The Tenant is really the last attempt that Polanski had at making something in the horror genre, following in the footsteps of his earlier films Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, with which former film The Tenant has a good deal in common.

Polanski himself plays the central role of Trelkovsky, appropriately enough a Pole with French citizenship, who takes residency of a Parisian apartment, whose previous tenant committed suicide - or as, Shelley Winters' excellent and frumpy concierge puts it, 'The previous tenant threw herself out of the window', establishing (if we were in any doubt) that the new incumbent is in for a rather unsettling stay in his new abode. Polanski creates a convincingly claustrophobic atmosphere in Trelkovsky's apartment block by means of echoing hallways, slamming doors, creaking wardrobes and vibrating water pipes, as well as throwing in one of the most idiosyncratic, unsightly cast lists, who serve to emphasise the macabre nature of the community in which the new tenant finds himself.

Acting-wise, the film is a very mixed bag.
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