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The Tenant (1976) Blu-ray: Study in psychological paranoia

Shout Factory has announced the upcoming release of Director Roman Polanski’s brilliant study in alienation and paranoia, The Tenant (1976) on Blu-ray.

An apartment with an unhappy past sets the stage for filmmaker Roman Polanski’s riveting psychological suspense thriller, The Tenant. Polanski stars as Trelkovsky, a quiet, timid file clerk increasingly overshadowed with dread and fear after he moves into his new apartment. Adding to his paranoia are the building’s other occupants, who do nothing to alleviate his growing obsession with the untimely, tragic fate of the apartment’s previous tenant. Is Trelkovsky’s dread truly justified – or is it simply the result of his seemingly disintegrating mental state?

It’s an exercise in urban paranoia and mental disintegration that echoes or anticipates everything from Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby to Bitter Moon and The Pianist.

J. Hoberman — Village Voice

A brilliant international cast – Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson and Shelley Winters – and Polanski’s own penchant for delivering unprecedented suspense (Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown) make The Tenant a haunting, riveting film classic!


Release date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Drama / Thriller


DirectorRoman Polanski
CastRoman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas
CountryFrance
Production Year1976
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
RegionA
Run Time125 minutes
FormatsColor / 1.85:1
AudioEnglish
SubtitleEnglish
AKALe locataire
StudioShout Factory

Special features


NEW Apartment To Let – An Interview With Co-Writer/Director And Star Roman Polanski
NEW The Invisible Performer – An Interview With Assistant Cameraman François Catonné (In French With English Subtitles)
NEW Keeping Continuity – An Interview With Script Supervisor Sylvette Baudrot (In French With English Subtitles)
NEW A Visit To The Locations Of The Tenant
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historians Troy Howarth And Nathaniel Thompson
NEW The Tenant: An Audio Essay By Samm Deighan
Audio Interview With Writer Roland Topar By Journalist Frédéric Levy (1980) (In French With English Subtitles)
Audio Interview With Screenwriter Gérard Brach By Journalist Frédéric Levy (1986) (In French With English Subtitles)
Theatrical Trailer
Optional English subtitles for the main feature

The end result is somewhere between Franz Kafka and William Castle, but still worth seeing.

Dave Kehr — Chicago Reader

The Tenant (1976) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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