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The Cat and the Canary (Uncut Director's Edition) (2004)

Honor Blackman , Michael Callan , Radley Metzger  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • 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)
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT0AK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,451 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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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.


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

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

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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining old fashioned melodrama October 23, 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great August 30, 2013
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very happy to find this on dvd, I was told it was not available so was happy to be able to add it to my library
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen closely and have a laugh! January 22, 2014
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Love this old movie. Like everyone in it.
Listen to it close and have a few chuckles.
Not as good as the would with Bob Hope but
how can you complete with him.
Would recommend movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Except the moth" October 24, 2009
This movie follows the story from previous versions and play presentations. Looks like a lot of out of work actors including but not limited to Honor Blackman, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, and Carol Lynley.

The story starts out with an unnecessary introduction of want is to come with a hanging cat.

Just as a play only one person talks at a time. Each character is introduced and their peccadilloes explained. The dialog shows to be an attempt at humor. It also clings closely to one-liners as the Bob Hope version (1939) set in the 1920's. One added plus is that the credits showed the faces of the actors with the names; it is rare but keeps you from having to second guess who plays whom.

1934 20 years after old Cyrus West (Wilfrid Hyde White,) very a rich old man kicks the bucket, his will is about to reveal his heir. If the recipient proves to be insane or also kicks the bucket, then there is a second heir. To make things more complicated there may be a loose lunatic that escaped from a nearby asylum; they call him the cat.

Remember as Bismarck said "a little caution outflanks a large cavalry"
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