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(aka "Le Locataire")
USA / France 1976

Director Roman Polanski casts himself in the lead of the psychological thriller The Tenant. Trelkovsky (Polanski) rents an apartment in a spooky old residential building, where his neighbors -- mostly old recluses -- eye him with suspicious contempt. Upon discovering that the apartment's previous tenant, a beautiful young woman, jumped from the window in a suicide attempt, Trelkovsky begins obsessing over the dead woman. Growing increasingly paranoid, Trelkovsky convinces himself that his neighbors plan to kill him. He even comes to the conclusion that Stella (Isabel Adjani), the woman he has fallen in love with, is in on the "plot." Ultimately, Polanski assumes the identity of the suicide victim -- and inherits her self-destructive urges. Some critics found the movie tedious and overdone; others compared it to Polanski's early breakthrough, Repulsion. The film was based on Le Locataire Chimerique, a novel by Roland Topor.


Theatrical Release : June 11th, 1976 - USA

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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




Not stellar 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.

Gary W. Tooze

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