The Call of Cthulhu

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Overview

The Microcinema DVD of this modern silent horror effort comes filled with extras, though the 47 minute film itself is mightily impressive in its own right, as presented here. The makers have treated the film to an excellent full-screen (1.33-to-1)transfer, and one marvels at the realistic presence of vertical scratches (in high-resolution), to create the verisimilitude of watching an early twentieth century silent horror classic. Care has been taken so that the movie never looks so crisp or fresh so as to destroy...
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Overview

The Microcinema DVD of this modern silent horror effort comes filled with extras, though the 47 minute film itself is mightily impressive in its own right, as presented here. The makers have treated the film to an excellent full-screen (1.33-to-1)transfer, and one marvels at the realistic presence of vertical scratches (in high-resolution), to create the verisimilitude of watching an early twentieth century silent horror classic. Care has been taken so that the movie never looks so crisp or fresh so as to destroy the "period" illusion created by the theatrical original -- and the makers' use of odd angles and shadows work well on the small-screen. The audio is, of course, no problem at all, a modern digital recording of a contemporary score that it as timeless as most of the images presented. The disc opens to a multi-layered menu that is easy to maneuver around and offers simple access to the extras -- the highlights of the bonus material include a short film explaining the history of the production and the makers' approach to it, and various outtakes, of which the highlights are the stop-motion animation sequences.
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Special Features

Movie trailer with Mythophonic sound; Behind-the-scenes pictures, interviews & anecdotes; Replica prop Sydney Bulletin accessible and printable via personal computer (Adobe® Acrobat® required); Deleted material including extra footage of Cthulhu; Complete intertitles in 24 languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Euskera, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish & Welsh
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Andrew H. Leman's The Call of Cthulu, made in 2005, was deliberately designed to resemble -- in style, look, and approach -- a release of 80 years earlier vintage. A modern silent movie, it revels in visual styles and acting of a type that most audiences gave up for dead with the coming of sound at the end of the 1920s. And what makes this occult horror film such a marvel is that it succeeds precisely in revitalizing both those archaic styles and the emotional resonances that they carried, in modern terms. This is the kind of production that the late writer-director-producer Michael Powell would have adored -- Powell, who entered the movie business during the silent era but never directed a silent movie, used to describe the silents, when seen and shown properly, as existing in a continuum and reality that was all their own, akin to the total-immersion experience of opera (and the nearest that he got to making a silent was his adaptation of the opera The Tales of Hoffmann). Cthulu director Andre H. Leman and writer/producer Sean Branney have successfully created a modern-day entre into that other-worldly experience. Much of the movie owes a lot to German expressionism, as one would expect, and such touchstones of the horror/fantasy genre as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis -- they haven't pushed the envelope too far in terms of anything new, just followed all of the rules to the letter and told an eerie and ominous story about madness and horror in the process. Watching the movie, one may forget, at times, that it is a twenty-first century creation -- David Robertson's cinematography has a way of making even the most innocuous-looking building fronts look threatening and somehow off-balance and eerie. The performances take an approach that hasn't been seen too often in movies since the days of John Gilbert, but within that context, it is all effective, and some of the performers, in their nuances and makeup, recall specific actors of the silent era such as Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Louis Wolheim.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • UPC: 837101095662
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Source: Microcinema
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, silent
  • Time: 47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Foyer
David Mersault
Noah Wagner
Technical Credits
Andrew H. Leman Director, Producer
Sean Branney Producer, Screenwriter
Chad Fifer Score Composer
Ben Holbrook Score Composer
Troy Sterling Nies Score Composer
Nick Pavkovic Score Composer
David Robertson Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Call of Cthulhu
1. Opening Titles [:53]
2. The Horror in Clay [10:18]
3. The Narrative of Inspector Legrasse [12:46]
4. The Madness From the Sea [21:13]
5. Closing Credits [1:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Call of Cthulhu
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Languages
      Català - Catalan
      Hrvatski - Croatian
      Cestiny - Czech
      Danks - Danish
      Nederlands - Dutch
      English (Default)
      Euskera - Basque
      Suomeksi - Finnish
      Française - French
      Deutsche - German
      Galega - Galician
      Magyarra - Hungarian
      Gaeilge - Irish
      Italiano - Italian
      Lietuviy - Lithuanian
      Letzebeurgescht - Luxembourgish
      Norsk - Norwegian
      Polski - Polish
      Português - Portuguese
      Romaneste - Romanian
      Castellano - Spanish
      Svenska - Swedish
      Turkeli - Turkish
      Gymraeg - Welch
      Audio Options
         Hi-Fidelity Version
         Mythophonic Version
   Music
      Hi-Fidelity Version
      Mythophonic Version
   Extras
      The Trailer With Mythophonic Sound!
      Hearing "The Call," an Entertaining Short Subject
      Photographs From the Set in Vibrant Natural Color
      Production Stills to Recall Your Favorite Scenes
      Deleted Footage Including More Cthulhu Stop-Motion!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    made by lovers of the dark and macabre...

    I found this on the internet. It's a fan project, not Hollywood, but very well made. They went for the complete retro look, filming it in b&w, using period special effects, makeup, stock footage, even old-school stop-motion animation. I can't say that it's a good approximation of F. W. Murnau or such-and-such, but it is enjoyable for what it is so let's leave it at that. After decades of hollywood ignoring this literary gem "probably becaue they were afraid to make it", it took the writer's rabid fans to make such a film reality. If you've never heard of Lovecraft or Cthulhu before, this is a good place to start.

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