All of London is in an uproar
due to recent attacks by a Jack the Ripper-style serial killer known as "The
Avenger" who targets blonde women. During this time, a pale, hypersensitive
stranger arrives at a family-owned boarding house to take up lodging. He becomes
attracted to the proprietor's pretty blonde daughter Daisy, who is already
engaged to a policeman. Daisy, in spite of her parents' objections, returns the
lodger's overtures. When the trail of the killer leads to the same district in
which the boarding house is located, the lodger's strange behavior places him
under suspicion by the family.
Theatrical Release: February 14th, 1927
DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||1999 Score (Dolby Digital 5.0) , 1997 score (mono)|
|Subtitles||French, Spanish, None (Intertitles are in English)|
commentary with Patrick McGilligan
NOTE: This was originally available in MGM's Premiere Collection of Hitchcock films - but extremely poorly packed as described by Lars HERE. MGM still have not made a statement rectifying the faulty packaging and we therefore suggest purchase of this title via a stand alone DVD case as available HERE. This individual DVD seems to be the extract same and we review the lone DVD below.
This MGM DVD starts with the caveat:
But as far as I am concerned it looks exceptionally good. There is some obvious boosting and the contrast flickers but considering the age this looks quite remarkable. It is tinted for highlighting location effect - a standard practice. While there is some haziness I don't doubt that this is the best rendition of this silent classic (Hitch regarded it his first 'real film!) presently available. It gives a marvelous presentation - along with the audio options discussed below.
We are given choices of two music scores. Ashley Irwin has one composition played in 5.0 channel and there is a newer piece by Paul Zaza in mono. I preferred the latter but have no qualms with either. Quality was quite strong - a super bonus to the viewing.
Extras give us a factual, professional commentary by Peter MgGilligan, a 23 minute historical 'Making of...' with a lot of individual input, audio only segments from Hitchcock interviews by Peter Bogdanovich, and Francois Truffaut - plus Hitchcock's granddaughter, Mary Stone hosts a short Hitchcock 101 piece. Augmenting the DVD supplements are also an audio only 1940 radio play of The Lodger story, a stills gallery and a restoration comparison. These comprise an excellent selection of addition features for this release.
Check out the price on this - $13 - giving it incredible value. For those who didn't get rooked with the Premiere Collection this is an essential DVD for Hitchcock fans, silent era fans and anyone else who loves film. Immensely recommended!