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The Lodger - includes 2012 Soundtrack CD [DVD] [1927]

Ivor Novello , Marie Ault , Alfred Hitchcock    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O7WUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,385 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...

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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing restoration, with modern spin 31 July 2012
By Nettlewine VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Impressed 28 Sep 2012
This is a superb restoration of the classic silent Hitchcock film, 'The Lodger', which stars a very expressive and 'over-the-top' Ivor Novello as a suspected serial killer. The new musical score by Nitin Sawhney is splendid: atmospheric, flexible, and with some interesting motifs deliberately reminiscent of Bernard Hermann (Hitchcock's greatest film composer). The only element of the score which did irritate me was the repetitive use of the famous high-strings 'Psycho' murder music (the screeching violins during the murder in the shower). If Nitin had used this theme only once, it would have been OK - but several times was too much and rather heavy-handed, in my opinion. Nevertheless, I think the score is, overall, first-class and truly enriches the atmosphere of a filmic masterpiece (in some ways, I don't think Hitchcock ever surpassed 'The Lodger'). The picture quality is amazingly good. The restorers have done a fantastic job. In fine, I thoroughly recommend this DVD (which contains an interview with Nitin Sawhney, plus his score on separate CDs) to all who love the work of the great Alfred Hitchcock, or who are interested in 'silent' (but highly expressive) cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tonight, Golden Curls, discover the romance! 22 July 2012
By Digger
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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By P. D. gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This release by NETWORK (look for the word NETWORK in the top left hand corner of the red/black cover) is the best available of THE LODGER because of the magnificent restoration job done on it by the BFI. Unfortunately I found the newly commisioned soundtrack to be horrible, far too self-indulgent and overpowering. I found it distracted from the film a lot and I dont like the composers decision to stretch the boundaries of silent film scores by adding singing voices, yes singing! If I wanted to hear songs Id play a CD and not watch a silent movie, both a lyric AND a movie has a narrative and I cant concentrate on both at once, they should have stuck to an instrumental score. Also, NETWORKs previous dvd release had an introduction from noted Hitchcock historian Charles Barr but it hasnt been included here, neither has the soundtrack from that release which would have been a nice alternative to the dire new one. I just wish they'd have spent the money on a nice informative commentary track which would have been more interesting (none included) and perhaps a nice featurette on the restorarion. I look forward to the release of Hitchcocks other early BFI works, as long as they dont hire this horrid "composer" again who seems to forget they are there to compliment the film and not push their music out in front in a LOOK AT HOW INNOVATIVE I CAN BE! fashion. Nice booklet enclosed (ok, so that I suppose makes up for no commentary track) and 2 CDs of the soundtrack which will make nice tea coasters.
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