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(aka "Le Locataire")
USA / France 1976

Polanski's quiet exposition on one man's slow descent into madness. The audience too is teetering on the edge of what the meek clerk Trelkovsky is believing as truth or his wayward delusions. A fascinating and haunting expose with elements of suspense and horror.

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release : June 11th, 1976 - USA

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DVD Review:  Paramount -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:05:16  
Video 1.78:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 8.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
1.78: 1 Widescreen anamorphic

DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 18

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:01)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
• Widescreen anamorphic format


There is some edge enhancement here, but I am not overly disappointed in the Paramount image. I had vision of this, a favorite film, being washed out and hazy. Although not Criterion-quality sharp, it is still acceptable and the colors are relatively vibrant. Skin tones seem okay. No Extras to speak of except the worlds shortest trailer.

As my expectations weren't too high, I have to say this is a well-priced DVD from Paramount. Thanks for not gouging us.  out of

Gary W. Tooze

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