Musical feature directed by Roy Rowland and starring Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy and Hans Conried.
Young Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig), much like any other kid, has a strong dislike for certain things. While many children may simply detest peas and the fact that they are forced to eat them, Bart utterly hates the fact that he is constantly made to practice playing the piano.
Even when his tyrranical tutor, Dr. Terwilliker (Conried), is not snarling at him, Bart's mother is just as overbearing. His experience traumatises Bart so much in fact that he dreams of Dr. T taking him prisoner and forcing him to operate a colossal piano alongside hundreds of other children while his mother is under the vile doctor's spell.
Bart encounters a friendly plumber working in the compound and together they conspire to stop Dr. T's scheme and escape...
Beautifully presented by Indicator, this high definition remastered edition is packed with extras and limited to 3000 copies.
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with film historians Glenn Kenny and Nick Pinkerton
Crazy Music (2017, 17 mins): a new interview with musician, singer and archivist Michael Feinstein on his obsession with The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Father Figure (2017, 19 mins): a new interview with Steve Rowland, son of director Roy Rowland
Karen Kramer introduction (2007, 2 mins)
Dr. T. on Screen (2007, 15 mins): Cathy Lind Hayes, George Chakiris and others talk about the film
A Little Nightmare Music (2007, 12 mins): an examination of the film's ground-breaking music score
Original theatrical trailer
Joe Dante trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins): a short critical appreciation
Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Peter Conheim, and extracts from the original press kit, advertising and promotion guide