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

3.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Description

WHEN AN ELDERLY MAN DIES, HIS FAMILY GATHERS TO HEAR THE READING OF THE WILL. WHEN IT IS READ BY HIS ATTORNEY, THE OLD MAN LETS IT BE KNOWN HOW MUCH HE LOATHED HIS WORTHLESS KIN. AS A RESULT, HIS WILL IS STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY AS TO SET UP A DOGFIGHT BETWEEN HIS POTENTIAL HEIRS AS TO WHO WILL COLLECT THE FORTUNE.

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT0AK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,838 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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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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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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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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Absolutely godawful. Some very good people, wasted on lousy dialogue and a worse story.Everyone involved must have signed on without reading the script, or been blackmailed into participating. I watched it only to see how it compares to the Paul Leni silent version, which is dated but fun, and achieves a creepy atmosphere that this one, with all its constant thunder and stupid addition of sadistic torture-murder simply can't muster. Honestly, the star of the whole thing is Honor Blackman's gold silk dressing gown. Even if you find some way to enjoy this debacle, it's a solid half hour too long. I don't know why it isn't free with Prime. Save your $2.99. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid.
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This edition or version of this movie is a little on the sadistic side. If I had known beforehand that it's a little gory and sadistic, I probably would not have watched it. Scenes of torture and dead bodies are not something to let kids watch. Having said that, the story itself keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the killer to pop-out of hiding. This movie, I believe, was made in the 70's, when this type of movie was the norm for suspense-murder thrillers. Probably won't watch it again, though, because of above mentioned cons. (The pros don't outweigh the cons in this movie.)
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the quality of this film is lousy ... it is very distracting to try and watch when the picture is so bizarre. The film itself is sappy and poorly acted... surprising with some of the big stars that were in it. Don't bother ...
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Well this might be a good movie if I could watch it, problem is no matter which machine I use out of 4 different ones it keeps freezing up, then backs up to a previous scene, then forwards to a coming scene then freezers again and goes back again. Impossible to watch, seems like the company did a terrible job, maybe used el cheapo dvd's I'm sure,
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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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