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    The Cat and the Canary

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    Masters of Cinema
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 87 mins
    Retail Price: £22.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Paul Leni (The Man Who Laughs) directs one of the most important and influential films in the early history of American genre cinema, which perfected the ‘old dark house’ formula and set the stage for the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s.

    Twenty years after the death of millionaire Cyrus West, his surviving relatives are called together in a decaying mansion on the Hudson River. There, they gather to hear West’s lawyer Roger Crosby (Tully Marshall) read his last will and testament and discover that West has left everything to his niece Annabelle (Laura La Plante). That is, at least, on the condition that she is judged to be legally sane. As the family settles in for the evening, tensions rise when they are informed that a murderer nicknamed the Cat has escaped from a nearby asylum and is suspected to be somewhere on the grounds. Crosby soon disappears in mysterious circumstances, which proves to be just the first in a series of horrifying events that will punctuate a long, dark night of terror – during which Annabelle’s sanity will be called into question again and again.

    Based upon the 1922 stage production by John Willard, The Cat and the Canary is a perfect blend of horror and black comedy and stands at the apex of a cycle of films adapted from mystery plays throughout the 1920s. It later inspired James Whale’s The Old Dark House and has been remade several times – but never bettered. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present this cornerstone of horror cinema for the first time ever on Blu-ray from a glorious 4K restoration.

    Special Features:
    Limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys [2000 copies]
    1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K digital restoration of the original negatives supplied by MoMA
    DTS-HD MA 5.1 score by Robert Israel; compiled, synchronised and edited by Gillian B. Anderson, based on music cue sheets compiled and issued for the original 1927 release
    Brand new audio commentary by author Stephen Jones and author / critic Kim Newman
    Brand new audio commentary by Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby
    Mysteries Mean Dark Corners – brand new video essay by David Cairns & Fiona Watson
    Pamela Hutchinson on The Cat and the Canary – brand new interview with writer and film critic Pamela Hutchinson
    Phuong Le on The Cat and the Canary – brand new interview with film critic Phuong Le
    A Very Eccentric Man & Yeah, a Cat! – extracts from John Willard’s original play
    Lucky Strike – Paul Leni gives a full-throated endorsement to the product that got him through filming The Cat and the Canary
    A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Richard Combs, Craig Ian Mann, and Imogen Sara Smith

    Video Tracks:
    1.37:1 pillarboxed 1080p

    Audio Tracks:
    DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround

    Directed By:
    Paul Leni

    Written By:

    Laura La Plante
    Creighton Hale
    Forrest Stanley
    Tully Marshall
    Gertrude Astor
    Flora Finch
    Arthur Edmund Carewe
    Martha Mattox

    Music From:
    Hugo Riesenfeld

    Director of Photography:
    Gilbert Warrenton

    Martin G. Cohn

    Eureka Entertainment

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