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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos
  • Directors: Peter Medak
  • Writers: Diana Maddox, Russell Hunter, William Gray
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Garth H. Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels, Mario Kassar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY2Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Months after the death of his wife and child in a car accident, composer John Russell (George S. Scott) retires to an old mansion which has been unoccupied for years. But John's hopes of peace and quiet prove unfulfilled, as he finds himself regularly disturbed by a strange and uncanny presence which haunts the house. Teaming up with local historian Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere), John begins to research the house's past, and soon finds secrets more terrible than he ever imagined. It is now up to John to right the injustices of the past and finally lay to rest the spirits which haunt his home.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Burjiz on 22 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
There's something about low-budget horror movies that have a greater impact than their Hollywood counterparts. I thought I'd seen every good horror movie on the market until a co-worker had me borrow this DVD. 1980's "The Changeling" is a quintessential low-budget vintage horror movie, done in that classic late-1970's style. George C. Scott is a widower who is walking wounded following the freakish death of his wife and child (without giving away details, the opening scene is a hair-raiser and sets the tone for the rest of the movie). He moves into a giant, towering mansion to work on his music and recover from his tragic loss. But a few moments later, weird things happen inside the house. Piano keys play by themselves. Voices start speaking. And loud, banging noises happen out of nowhere. Come to find out, the house is haunted by a child. The movie then pursues a murder mystery in which we discover the boy's identity and the history of the house. Unlike most thrillers, "The Changeling" doesn't have much gore, but it has enough intense and spooky moments to make this film earn an R rating. Instead of aiming for shock, this movie effectively works on the viewer's emotions and has a reasonably interesting plot. I wouldn't call it the scariest film ever made, but if you're into horror movies of the haunted house variety, then "The Changeling" should rank high on your list of DVDs to get.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By loveforfilms on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
one of my mums favorite! so i watched this when i was a kid. a great horror! real good!. basic of it is a man who lost his wife and daughter in a accident buys a massive house and discovers its haunted! the bit where they have a seance is scary! hearing the ghost voice on tape! the banging alone is real scary. kinda sad when you find out the story of what happened to the ghost. a real classic horror and the changling is one you will not be dissapointed on! or ever forget!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Andy Wasley on 6 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
This film is, quite simply, the scariest I have ever seen. As with the previous reviewer, I first saw it at the age of 11, and afterwards I couldn't sleep for days. Even now, having seen it many times, some scenes still take my breath away with sheer shock.
Its strength lies in the fact that it is not outlandishly gory or horrific, but it plays on the mind for ages before something terrifying actually happens. Even the most terrifying moments seem tame when you read about them; a ball dropping down a staircase, or a wheelchair rocking by itself sounds mundane, but when it happens in this film it will scare the hell out of you!
One thing that really sticks with me about this film - apart from the stunning performances from George C Scott and Trish van Devere - is the music. It lends so much power to the film, and it never intrudes upon the actual story; in fact, since the story is about a musician, it actually adds to the film in a unique and moving way. One tune in particular sticks in my mind, one that the main character spontaneously composes... but I won't tell any more.
A great film, sadly neglected, that deserves every star I've given it!
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By mr j e bonner on 3 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
I watched this film in 1983 at the tender age of eleven, i happend to record it by shear mistake, i was off school the next day and sat on my own to watch it.The first scene was set if remember correctly on a snowy hillside with George C Scott making a phone call in a phone box, and a car sitting outside with a lady and small child in it, a lorry then came into veiw and was seen sliding straight into the parked car.The film then moves on to George C Scott moving into a huge mansion which had not been lived in for a long time, and this is where the film really started to hook me, the strange bangings in the morning the strange piano noises.This all becomes a bit much for George C Scott (i have now remembered the name of his character Mr John Russell) who then makes his mind up to find where the banging is comming from and discovers this room at the top of the house which has not been entered for years, in this room he discovers a wheelchair and a music box, the music box plays a melody which was the same tune John Russell had composed himself the night before, haveing never heard it before and thinking he had just written it.Mr Russell then starts looking into the background of the house and soon discoevrs that the building is owned by a very wealthy and well known politician, who turns out not to be who he thinks he is, the film then has one of the best scenes i have ever seen, a seance in a huge room with some real strange going ons!!!! the end of the film still leaves u thinking and wishing the film would carry on!!!!. I am now 29 yrs of age and still to this day say "the changeling one of my most favs film of all time, i hope everyone who buys it enjoys it!!! George C Scott what a great man!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jasheri on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you've never seen this little gem of a ghost story, you might want to give it a try. It's perfect for a rainy evening. Curl up on the sofa,(preferably not alone) turn out the lights, and prepare for two 'haunting hours'.

It's an intriguing story. Musician and composer John Russell, (played by the wonderful George C Scott), moves to an old house in Seattle. He's grieving and traumatised after witnessing the accidental deaths of his wife and young daughter. It soon becomes clear that the house has an odd history, and that John is not alone there - it's haunted by the spirit of a former resident who died in mysterious circumstances. Who the spirit is, and how John finds out about its identity, and the appalling manner of its death, makes for fascinating and spooky viewing.

Made back in 1980, with few special effects, the film still creates an atmosphere of tension and unease. The spirit wants something from John, and can connect with him through his grief at losing his family. It gradually becomes more insistent in its efforts to prompt him into action on its behalf.

Watch for: -
The arrival of the spirit, signified by a single note played on a piano in an otherwise empty room,
The unexpected appearance of a child's toy,
The seance and the tape-recorded aftermath.

Give this film a miss If you're looking for the 'stalk 'n slash' type of story - with blood-spattered walls and demons in the cellar. But, if you like a traditional ghost story with some spine-tingling moments and a gradually-building sense of tension and mystery, then you won't go far wrong with The Changeling.
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