Other Sellers on Amazon
Sabotage / The Lodger
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Sabotage (1936 | B&W)
As early as 1936, Great Britain was suspicious of Hitler's military buildup. In that foreboding atmosphere, England's filmmakers responded to the German threat by making movies that alerted British citizens to the impending danger. The plot of Sabotage is true to the title. As German saboteurs infiltrate England with plans to blow up key industrial and civilian installations, the British spare no effort to trap the Nazis before they can complete their mission. Soon, Scotland Yard focuses their attention on a small theater, run by the charming Mrs. Verloc and her timid but peculiar husband. The Yard plants an undercover agent to investigate the theater further, and with that the conspiracy begins to unravel.
The Lodger (1927 | B&W Silent)
The director's first suspense thriller, with a classic Hitchcockian theme: lodger Novello is accused by jealous detective Keen of being a killer. Memorable finale, in which Novello is chased by a bloodthirsty mob. Also known as The Case of Jonathan Drew. Remade in 1932 (again with Novello), 1944, and in 1954 as Man in the Attic.
Look for Hitchcock's first cameo.
Includes an introduction by Tony Curtis and a bonus clip of the original theatrical trailer from Hitchcock's 1940 film, "Foreign Correspondent", starring Joel McCrea and Laraine Day. Digitally mastered from the best available sources for the highest quality possible.
MENU languages: English / Spanish / Chinese / Japanese
Subtitles: Spanish / Chinese / Japanese
When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
- Includes Two Hitchcock Features: Sabotage (1936, 76 min.) and The Lodger (1926, 75 min., Silent)
- Introduction by Tony Curtis
- The menus are available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese
- Foreign Correspondent theatrical trailer
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
The disc I viewed is by Laserlight and was not terribly good. The image and sound quality were poor but this was to be expected from such a low priced offering. The upside is that one gets to view an early film by Hitchcock that is not well known and generally available. It would be great if a better transfer were made available for some of these earlier works but this one is well worth checking out.
Let me make my case. The lights go out, the lights in 1936 London which causes a certain initial panic although the plucky British wind up laughing about this modern inconvenience. However this caper was no accident since it had been touched off by a foreign agent, Mr. Verloc (Oscar Homolka), who is using movie theater ownership in the heart of London as a cover. The country that Verloc is working for is not identified but it does not take too much imagination to assume that in 1936 that country would be Germany as the war clouds were again beginning to form in Europe. Of course if the idea is sabotage, here to put fear in the civilian population, then laughter is not what had been expected by the agent who was handling Verloc. So another, scarier, caper would be necessary to do the trick, bomb planted somewhere where it would cause carnage and put that desired fear into the hearts of ordinary citizens.
But whatever the foreign network Verloc was working for Scotland Yard was on to him, had him covered by one of their top dog agents, Ted Spencer (John Loder) working undercover as a grocer’s assistant next to the theater. As the plot thickens Ted tries to see if Verloc’s wife (played by Sylvia Sidney) is involved in the plot so he takes her and her brother, Stevie, who is living with the Verlocs above the theater to dinner. She checks out clean. Along the way Verloc is making his preparations, connecting with a bomb-maker to do his dirty deed set for the Lord Mayor’s Day, a day when there will be throngs around town. A lot of the film is then set on the figure of Stevie who, Verloc being thwarted in his efforts to carry out the deed himself, becomes the sacrificial innocent lamb who will carry the bomb to its destination. The bomb goes off on a bus killing all, including Stevie. Mrs. Verloc is beside herself when she finds out Verloc had set Stevie up, had committed the deed, and kills him in a moment of anger and disgust. And she will go to prison as she is filled with remorse over her murder of her husband and tells Ted to take her in. End of story.
Well not quite end of story. See, two things happen to let her off the hook. First Ted in the process of getting to know her has fallen for her and is ready to stake all on them getting away, a not unusual cinematic and literary devise when love-smitten cops have to put their loved ones in gaol. Second the bomb-maker to cover his tracks goes to Verloc’s apartment to recover any evidence (especially a bird-cage, complete with bird, he had sent along the bomb in). But the cops are on to him. Cornered, he blows himself up with what today would seem an eerily current bomb-jacket thus destroying all the evidence of Mrs. Verloc’s crime. And the chastised pair set of into the sunset, or rather fog. See what I mean. The only guy who plays to form as a bad guy is Verloc who looks sufficiently like a primitive bad guy to do such evil work. Fortunately old Sir Hitchcock will do better as he goes along.