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  • Actors: Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, Malcolm Keen, June Tripp
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O7WUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the film-making industry's greatest auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock undoubtedly earned his title as "The Master of Suspense", with his thrilling films loved by the viewing public over a career spanning many decades. Widely regarded as the first true "Hitchcock film", The Lodger is a masterclass in tension, displaying all the trademarks of what was to become known as the typical Hitchcock thriller. Newly restored, this release features a brand new orchestral soundtrack by acclaimed musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, performed by the world famous London Symphony Orchestra.

On hearing reports of the seventh murder by "The Avenger", Daisy decides to stay with her parents. She is being courted by Joe, a detective, who gets suspicious when her mother rents a room out to a lodger - to whom Daisy is attracted. While the lodger is out Joe takes the opportunity to search his room - there he finds a gun, press clippings of the killings and a map of the murders...

SPECIAL
FEATURES
[] 2 Disc Soundtrack CD by Nitin Sawhney and the LSO
[] Image Gallery
[] Commemorative booklet by Hitchcock scholar Professor Neil Sinyard

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nettlewine VINE VOICE on 31 July 2012
There are two things to consider about this: the restoration and the new soundtrack.

The restoration is utterly impeccable as far as I can judge. There is not a speck or scratch on the entire presentation, and the tints for each of the scenes render beautifully. There is still the warmth of age with faintly inconsistent colours to the tints, but I think any clearer and it would start to lose its authenticity. It literally is the case that you can pick out the individual stray hairs on Ivor Novello's head. Particular highlights for me include the 'flashback', where the Lodger reveals his story to Daisy (which is a beautifully contrasted scene, lighting-wise), and the love scene where they lingeringly kiss: it is a beautifully shot and glowing piece of romantic imagery, occasionally equalled but rarely surpassed in the rest of Hitchcock's output.

The score I think will divide people. I was present at the premiere of this restoration, where Nitin Sawhney conducted his band and the London Symphony Orchestra, and it came across really well. On the DVD in your front room though, I'm only 90% convinced.

The score itself is excellent, delicately orchestrated. Daisy's theme is brilliant: slightly kooky, with some brilliant syncopated rhythms as the strings rise through the basic ditsy theme. The first thing to get your head around is that Sawhney has seen fit to reference Bernard Herrmann quite prominently throughout the score, so we have clear nods (or even wildly deep bows) to North By Northwest and Psycho, and a hint of Vertigo too. I must admit, my heart sank when I heard the two or three 'Psycho Murder Scene' strings, which punctuated little points in the film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Digger on 22 July 2012
So. Do you come to read this review from having an interest in Hitchcock or Sawhney? Well, I write this as someone who has a strong interest in the former and until yesterday hadn't heard any of Sawhney's work.

The film is what it is - a seminal part of the Hitchcock catalogue with hints all the way through of cinematic and plot traits that will be seen again and again in his later work. The acting reflects the style of 1926, containing both beautifully fully expressive moments in equal measure with those that we'll now see as being hammed-up beyond belief. Nevertheless, the film's place in history cannot be denied.

As an owner of the previous 2000 VHS re-master, it must be said that this is vastly superior in every way. The print has been completely cleaned so that you can now see the glint in the characters' eyes. Equally important, the tints that that were such an intrinsic part of setting the film's mood have been lovingly restored. Now, it is not only a black and white film, but a blue, pink, yellow and brown one too.

But the real plus here is the new score. The previous score by Jody Talbot was workmanlike and appropriate but this new score is more distinctive and brings out what for me are the two overriding strengths of Hitchcock films, the suspense naturally (with (too?) many tips of the hat to Bernard Hermann), but also the romance. The introduction of two songs to express the romance during the chess game scene and the death of the sister is very bold. Doubtless, some will feel that the moods they invoke are inappropriate as an official accompaniment to an 85 year old film. The lyrics also add a major amount of new narrative information that may not accord with Hitchcock's original intended interpretation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greensleeves on 16 Nov. 2014
This newly restored version of Hitchcock's first important film should be welcome but after viewing it I have reservations about this release. In addition to the DVD there aree also two CDs featuring the films new soundtrack, something that this restoration is heavily centred on. Personally I found this very busy score detracted from the film rather than enhanced it and worse still the inclusion of two vocals over the visuals ruined the concentration which is required when watching a silent film. Also the toning seems very heavy handed at the films opening, making the film look more colourised rather than toned although this does improve as the film goes on. There are some wonderful Hitchcock moments to savour particularly the shot of the lodgers hand sliding all the way down the stair banister as he exits the house and another overhead view of the landlady leaving her room and going down the stairs which is very reminiscent of a shot in 'Psycho' in fact you could almost be in the Bates house at certain points as the set of the hallway and stairs is almost identical. Then we have Ivor Novello surely one of the most beautiful men ever to grace the screen and a huge star at the time. Our first sight of him finds him wearing a scarf over his face against the London fog leaving just his eyes showing and what incredibly expressive eyes they are. At one point the camera closes in on his face and lips in one of the most unusual and breathtaking kissing scenes ever filmed a sort of reverse shot of the Grace Kelly kiss in 'Rear Window'. There is much more to enjoy and for any Hitchcock or Novello fan this is essential viewing but personally I would have preferred a less dominant musical score.
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