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The Cat and the Canary (Uncut Director's Edition)

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Product Description

With this all-star cast including Honor Blackman, Edward Fox, Carol Lynley, Daniel Massey, Olivia Hussey, Michael Callan, Wendy Hiller, and Wilfred Hyde White, erotic auteur Radley Metzger turns his directorial prowess to the classic, spine-chilling story of mystery and horror. The family of a recently deceased, eccentric millionaire has been summoned for the reading of his final will and testament. Joining this group of eight is an unexpected visitor: the chief psychologist from the local mental hospital who is searching for a dangerous criminal escapee from the psychiatric ward. DVD features include newly remastered director's cut, photo history, more.

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An extravaganza which entertains and spooks in equal measure. --British Horror Films

Stylishly directed! Amusing all the way! --Playboy Magazine


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Product Details

  • Actors: Honor Blackman, Michael Callan, Edward Fox, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey
  • Directors: Radley Metzger
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT0AK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cat and the Canary (Uncut Director's Edition)" on IMDb

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By talkytina on October 24, 2000
Format: DVD
The year is 1934. Precisely twenty years has passed since the timely death of Cyrus West. And now, since where there is a will, there's a way--It's time to celebrate!--One of our lucky guests (all of whom are related) will inherit a fortune via a reading from beyond the grave! This whimsical film is designed for an intelligent audience. Its characters are (with a few dastardly exceptions) highly likable people engaging in interesting conversations. Exclusively filmed in London, England, we soon find ourselves surrounded by a most fitting ambiance: Spooky house, too much floor space, constant downpour, a frequent roar of thunder, and the most wonderful indoor fire one could imagine! It's great--In fact perfect--For anyone who is a chicken at heart but wants desperately to enjoy a horror movie! You see, it seems the technical crew didn't quite want to really frighten us. Perhaps the intention was just to get us thinking a bit. For one thing, no one seems concerned about (what is certain to be) a shocking electric bill as the lighting is near brilliant at all times (obviously, the old and remarkable mansion wasn't refurbished with dimmer switches)! Dinner is served, the main course being "Bombay Chicken (with extra curry)". "I think this chicken died in 1914," announces one uninhibited soul. Next come the creeping shadows ("only the shadow knows"), secret passageways, escape hatches, screams in the night, a character who disappears in the middle of conversation, an old clock that starts to chime but never finishes, and yes, even a beautiful black cat.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on July 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Carol Lynley looks like she's having a ball in this fun, creepy version of the stage play about a bunch of would-be heirs stuck spending the night in a house of horrors. If your kids are planning a slumber party, or you're in the mood for Drive-In fare, this is an entertaining choice for your movie viewing!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matt Danford on June 1, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There is something about this film I find oddly appealing. The first half is a wonderful character study while the second half falls into third rate who done it. The quality of the DVD is not what I would normally expect, some scratches, etc. but I found myself watching it several times reliving the joy it gave me many years ago when I first discovered it. It is good entertainment. Favorite line, "except the moth".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen G. Hartman on March 13, 2010
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with the cast of stars, this sound remake of a silent mystery is worth viewing, just to sit back and
play who's who.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blondeguy10 on October 23, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Its interesting when watching some of these old movies from the 60's, 70's and even to a certain extent from the 80's to observe how film making techniques and acting styles change over the years. Given today's penchant for much more gruesome thrillers, this film from the 70's (itself a remake) is rather tame. It's a stylish and well acted tale of a family gathered together for the reading of a will ("Leeches All") and we all know that before morning maybe one or more will be dead.

Its quite old fashioned and melodramatic in places and the cast of stalwarts all look like they are having a blast and each has a 'chewing the scenery' moment. Whatever happened to Carol Lynley? she was certainly talented and her 'english' accent is not bad at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara Janchenko on April 1, 2010
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I saw this movie years ago and have never seen it again, and could never find it! Thanks to Amazon it's mine now!!!
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The 1922 play THE CAT AND THE CANARY was so popular that it made the fortune of author John Willard, who lived to see it filmed no fewer than three times before his death in 1942. Even today the story remains a classic of its kind, inspiring a host of films that mix comedy, mystery, and horror--not to mention still more that focus on suspicious doings in old, dark houses. The plot is a classic: a group of relatives are summoned to an isolated house to hear a reading of a will that leaves a vast fortune to only one of them, a circumstance that places the heir in significant danger from an unknown but alternative heir.

The 1927 silent film directed by Paul Leni is arguably the best film interpreation of the stage play, dark, creepy, and filled with comic stereotypes and cliches. The 1939 film starring Bob Hope is arguably the most famous film version of the play, not quite as dark and creepy but filled with Hope's unique brand of humor. And then there is the 1979 version, which isn't in the least bit dark and creepy, transports the story to 1930s England, and plays out very much like a drawing room comedy. In this version the star is Carol Lynley, a very pretty and often under-rated actress, who finds herself a somewhat uncomfortable heiress under the same roof with a host of hungry relatives and quite possibly a homocidal maniac called "The Cat" who has escaped from a nearby insane asylum. Lynley is well supported by a memorable cast that includes Honor Blackman, Michael Callan, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, Daniel Massey, and perhaps most memorably Wilfred Hyde-White, who plays the deceased and puts in an appearance to read his own will via an early talking picture.

This particular version of the play contains several radical departures from previous film incarnations.
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