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House

Nobuhiko Obayashi

 
House (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1977
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #539

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.

Credits

DirectorNobuhiko Obayashi
ProducerNobuhiko Obayashi and Yorihiko Yamada
Concept byChigumi Obayashi
ScreenplayChiho Katsura
CinematographyYoshitaka Sakamoto
Production designKazuo Satsuya
MusicAsei Kobayashi and Mickie Yoshino
Songs performed byGodiego
EditingNobuo Ogawa
Director of special effectsNobuhiko Obayashi

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Constructing a “House,” a new video piece featuring interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, story scenarist and daughter of the filmmaker Chigumi Obayashi, and screenwriter Chiho Katsura
  • Emotion, a 1966 experimental film by Obayashi
  • New video appreciation by director Ti West (House of the Devil)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Chuck Stephens

    Cover design by Sam Smith

Film Essays

House: The Housemaidens

By Chuck Stephens October 26, 2010

A coming-of-age story about a clique of teenage schoolgirls who will never grow old and a demon spirit in the guise of a spinster who was never young, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s eye-poppingly demented, . . . Read more »

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Announcements


Photo Galleries

Monsters!

February 08, 2012


Clippings

Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at the magazine, has compiled a list called “Top 10 Cool Criterion Collection Covers.” Cruz’s taste in . . . Read more »


Clippings

Top Ten by Design

January 07, 2011

If you’re a movie lover, you’re probably overdosing on year-end top ten lists these days. Odds are, though, none of the ones you’ve seen are quite like this one by Sam Smith, the graphic . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Clippings

Entering House

November 05, 2010

In a new interview at the blog Hamster Triathlon, Criterion’s Curtis Tsui reveals that he was a fan of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House long before it became cinema’s cult crush object du jour. Tsui, . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: House

November 02, 2010

How to describe the indescribable? A slew of critics, slain by Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 House, take up the challenge. Stuart Galbraith IV writes for DVD Talk that the funky film is “like a cross . . . Read more »


Film Essays

House: The Housemaidens

By Chuck Stephens October 26, 2010

A coming-of-age story about a clique of teenage schoolgirls who will never grow old and a demon spirit in the guise of a spinster who was never young, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s eye-poppingly demented, . . . Read more »


Big Screen

Introducing Kuroneko

October 22, 2010

Hot on the heels of the hit theatrical run of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s cult sensation House, Janus Films is premiering another unsung Japanese horror movie with a feline twist. Kuroneko (Black Cat), . . . Read more »


Contests

Caption Contest Winners

October 06, 2010

Last month, we asked you to give us a hand in creating brief ad taglines for our October titles. The response, in comments on the Criterion Current, was so overwhelming that we had trouble . . . Read more »


Interviews

At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory

August 05, 2010

I work in the editorial department here at Criterion, and I’ve recently taken it on myself to do a little poking around at the office, to find out what my colleagues have going on and share that . . . Read more »


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Clippings

Introducing Nobuhiko Obayashi

November 13, 2009

Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi, who made the utterly bonkers 1977 kinda-horror film House, currently getting a first-time American theatrical run from Janus Films, is profiled by Paul . . . Read more »