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  • Actors: Matt Foyer, David Mersault, Noah Wagner
  • Directors: Andrew H. Leman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French, Swedish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Microcinema
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2007
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BQTC98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Call of Cthulhu, an all new silent film, is HP Lovecraft's most famous story. It is the only story to feature the celebrated monster Cthulhu and in many ways it encapsulates the ideas that went on to permeated Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. The film follows the story's three-part narrative construction, and it moves from the 1920s to 1908 to the 1870s and back, as the story does. The story embodies HPL's nihilistic world view, his cosmic perspective, and his sense that mankind is doomed by its own insignificance. And it's a pretty good globe-trotting adventure story. (Spoiler Warning) In the story, a dying professor leaves his great-nephew a collection of documents pertaining to the Cthulhu Cult. The nephew begins to learn why the study of the cult so fascinated his grandfather. Bit-by-bit he begins piecing together the dread implications of his grandfather's inquiries, and soon he takes on investigating the Cthulhu cult as a crusade of his own. As he pieces together the dreadful and disturbing reality of the situation, his own sanity begins to crumble. In the end, he passes the torch to his psychiatrist, who in turn hears Cthulhu's call. Complete Intertitles in 24 languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Euskera, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mountaineer on 7 Feb. 2010
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This is possibly the best amateur effort I have seen and an absolutely ingenious way to do this sort of stuff. When Del Toro gets round to the mountains of madness no doubt it will be filled with terrific digital stuff (and I will be the first in the queue) But I can't see how he can improve on the atmosphere of this. There is a genuine feel for the distant past when it was written. Great attention has been paid to the art direction and the score deserves very high praise.
Lovecraft is extraordinarily hard to pull off on screen and I can't wait for the HPLHS next effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Mar. 2012
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This movie was made with a little budget and unknown actors by people I never heard about - but after the first minute I completely forgot to care about it! I believe that Andrew Lenan (director-producer) and Sean Braney (scenarist-producer) were right on target when they decided to make this film silent and turn it in white and black - exactly as movies were made in 1926, when Lovecraft wrote "The call of Cthulhu". It gives an absolutely unique effect, which, I must admit, caused me to freeze before the screen for the whole 47 minutes...

"The Call of Cthulhu" story, although quite short, is one of the most powerful, most disturbing and most influential things in the whole fantastic literature. Nobody ever tried to film it, because the challenge seemed too difficult - when one thinks about the CGIs necessary to make a credible Cthulhu and a credible city of R'lyeh, it is easy to understand why nobody even tried to make such an attempt.

But all this difficulty was avoided by making this film in the style which both Fritz Lang ("Metropolis") and F.W. Murnau ("Nosferatu") would recognize immediately. Expressions on the faces replacing the words convey a greater sense of fear and impending doom than any special effects. The LACK of details in some scenes is more disturbing than the overdose of pixels in the best Blu-Ray - and the obviously cheap decorations in the city of R'lyeh surprisingly created (at least in my perception) more awe and shock than the best shots of Mordor in "Lord of the Rings". Bottom line, the settings in this film allowed Lovecraftian magic to play in a very powerful and pure way.

The very brief and very vague apparition of Cthulhu was very well done, with the maximum use of his shadow and only a little glimpse of the Great Old God himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Micro on 16 Feb. 2012
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This version of 'The Call of Cthulhu', filmed in fabulous Mythoscope, is a must for any and all H. P. Lovecraft fans. Quite rightly, and as other reviewers have observed, it would be easy enough to dismiss the idea of satisfactorily filming any of the Cthulhu Mythos stories featuring such other-dimensional horrors as Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth and of course Great Cthulhu himself, particularly if you are doing it on a tiny budget with no CGI. But the team responsible for this film have managed it splendidly, and no small part of its strength comes from it being filmed as a silent black and white movie redolent of the early horror classics, which chimes with when the story was written. It's quite possible that some 'every digital effect you can think of' version would not been as powerful. To give one example from when the hapless sailors explore the cyclopean ruins of risen R'lyeh, the sequence where one of the men falls into an "impossible angle" in the masonry and disappears utterly is chillingly effective and - as you discover from the enjoyable and informative 'extra' about the making of the film - very simply achieved.

For those of us in the UK (or Europe) let's hope that the team are going to make a Region 2 version of their more recent effort 'The Whisperer in Darkness' available soon. In the meantime all those Lovecraftians out there who do not yet have this film should obey the call and secure a copy as soon as they can.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By G. Thomas VINE VOICE on 4 July 2007
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I approached this product with apprehension and unease. An unknown film of one of Lovecraft's most celebrated stories could have been an utter disaster. Luckily it isn't. This is a remarkably loving adaptation of an oft-considered unfilmable story. The driving force behind the film is the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society and thankfully they have done an excellent job.
The genius lies in making it a silent black & white production. It does have a truly early-1900's feel to it with a subtle placement of a few canny visual effects to reinforce the illusion. The overly eye-rolling performances of some of the actors are thankfully diluted by the period atmosphere and the brevity of most roles, as dictated by the story itself.
When they finally discover the grim secret of earthquake risen R'lyeh you'll be favourably impressed. It is stylistically reminiscent of the 1933 King Kong and incredibly, almost as effective.

A few minor niggles are far outweighed by the good points and when you consider this is not made by a "professional" studio it's an outstanding piece of work.

If you love the story, I heartily recommend this adaptation.

edit: my copy says "region 0" on the back !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates on 30 Dec. 2011
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The works of venerable horror writer H.P. Lovecraft have, in some ways, become the backbone of the genre, especially cinematic horror. An astonishing number of relatively contemporary horror flicks and genre TV shows--everything from 1965's DIE, MONSTER, DIE through Rod Serling's U.S TV series THE NIGHT GALLERY (1970s) to Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD (1981) and beyond--have either borrowed elements from Lovecraft's literary mythos or attempted to adapt one of his stories.

In spite of Lovecraft's unquestionable influence on the genre, few filmmakers have been able to accurately or faithfully translate the writer's works to either the small or large screen. At best, most attempts to adapt Lovecraft either vaguely evoke the nihilistic subtext of the author's work (e.g., Stuart Gordon's 1985 classic RE-ANIMATOR) or pay simple homage by making a reference or two (as Raimi does by building his EVIL DEAD stories around Lovecraft's ubiquitous fictional book of the occult, the Necronomicon). Until now, that is. Under the guidance of director Andrew Leman and screenwriter Sean Branney, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has filmed and released a little film entitled THE CALL OF CTHULHU (2005), based on the author's story of the same name. And it has been praised by critics and fans alike as being one of the most faithful Lovecraft cinematic adaptations ever.

The film follows the three-part narrative construction of Lovecraft's original story, using flashbacks and similar devices to shift back and forth to various time frames. The story centers on a young man who has inherited his late great-uncle's research documents pertaining to the Cthulhu Cult.
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