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The Black Orchid, a review by James


The Black Orchid

Title: The Black Orchid
Year: 1959
Director: Martin Ritt
Rating: NR
Length: 94 Min.
Media Type: DVD
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Sophia Loren
Anthony Quinn
Peter Mark Richman [Mark Richman]
Virginia Vincent
Frank Puglia

Plot:
Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren star as longtime widower Frank and recently widowed Rose, lonely hearts who discover something special in ‘The Black Orchid’, a sensitive comedy romance directed by Martin Ritt (‘Norma Rae’, ‘Murphy’s Romance’).

What they discover is each other – and a love that restores joy in their lives. Yet before they can say “I do,” Frank’s daughter says “No you don’t!” With all the heart and courage they possess, Frank and Rose work to win over his daughter and to rescue Rose’s son from a path that has him headed for reform school. Love may be better the second time around… but for Frank and Rose it’s also a lot more complicated!

Extras:
Scene Access
Closed Captioned

m.cellophane says:

It seems to me that Paramount has dressed up this DVD package to try to sell it as something it isn't. The color cover is beautiful, but this is a black and white film. The back cover has pictures of the actors laughing and the overview calls it a comedy romance, but it's a serious romantic melodrama. It's a straight 1950's melodrama.

There's nothing wrong with a black and white romantic melodrama. I happen to love them. But don't be fooled by that gorgeous color cover.

Sophia Loren is a widow and Anthony Quinn is a widower. There's discussion that both of their deceased spouses had undesirable qualities, but in that era, it didn't fly to match up divorcees. The previous spouses needed to be good and dead for romance to bloom anew.

Anthony Quinn was hot off winning his second Oscar when this was filmed. Sophis Loren would win hers shortly after. The writer would soon pen Pscyho! And the director, Martin Ritt, was one of the most underrated directors, certainly a favorite of mine (The Long Hot Summer, Hud, Sounder, Norma Rae).

If you like the 1950's style melodrama, you'll enjoy the film. The transfer is fine and I think we're fortunate to have an anamorphic widescreen version of a film that isn't exactly a money-maker.

6 on the cellophane scale.



(From The Viewage of James aka m.cellophane on January 7th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

El Dorado, a review by Antares


El Dorado (1966) 78/100 - Sometimes a film can be just like an old coat that you've worn for years and brings such warmth that you always feel comfortable when your wearing it. The Shootist is my favorite John Wayne movie, but El Dorado is the film that I return to at least three or four times a year. It's jut like that comfortable old coat, in that it always entertains me and never lets me down. But just as you spot little tears and loose seams in that coat over the course of time, with repeated viewings, you start to notice flaws you never saw before in cherished films. This time, I seemed like certain musical passages in the soundtrack sounded eerily like music I'd heard in Batman episodes on TV. And lo and behold, Nelson Riddle, who scored this film, also scored an episode of that program and the music for the Batman film made in 1966. There were a couple of moments when I was waiting for William Dozier to break in to the action with, "Meanwhile, back at the Penguin's secret hideout"... Something else I noticed this time too, is that Ed Asner is horribly miscast as Bart Jason, the money man behind the guns in the range war. Every time he was onscreen, he reminded me of George Costanza from Seinfeld. Another goof is having Bull say that he'll play Marchin' through Georgia on his bugle to warn Cole and J.P. about the three gunman their trying to apprehend at the mission. Bull is obviously from the deep South with his thick Arkansas accent, so he definitely would have fought for the Confederacy. And no southern rebel would be caught dead playing a Union song on a bugle. But even with these little ticks and tremors, I still love this film. I know that I'll return to it every few months or so, probably until the day I die. It's what a western should be. Good storytelling, mixed with just the right amount of action and of course, some great looking sixties eye candy, Michele Carey and Charlene Holt...Meow!!!

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is


(From Antares' Short Summations on March 14th, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


Disc 2

5. Never Kill a Boy on the First Date
Buffy sets her sights on the mysterious and brooding Owen and she opts to go on a date rather than help Giles prevent a prophecy about an unstoppable vampire rising to help the Master.

My Thoughts:
This was a good episode... really enjoyed it. Buffy learns a lesson on just how much her being a slayer effects her personal life... and you also see how the outcome can sometimes be less then perfect.

6. The Pack
While enduring the annual field trip to the Zoo, Xander and several other students enter the quarantined Hyena pen and leave in an altered state. Xander begins acting strangely, sniffing Buffy and being cruel to people, including Willow; and Buffy becomes convinced that he has been possessed by the spirit of the wild animal.

My Thoughts:
This episode was just a lot of fun... Xander is in a bit of trouble once again... and of course it is Buffy to the rescue!

7. Angel
After saving her from a gang of vampire warriors, Angel and Buffy's "relationship" grows until he reveals his true self to her. Angel is really 'Angelus', a 240-year-old vampire who has a reputation for being the most violent creature to ever walk the Earth. Faced with the reality that her possible true love is an enemy, Buffy must ask herself - can a vampire really be a good person or must she do her sworn duty and destroy him?

My Thoughts:
Great episode where you first learn a lot about Angel... Where Buffy and the gang first learn that Angel is actually a vampire.

8. I Robot, You Jane
Willow, saddened by Xander's affection for Buffy turns to the chat rooms and meets a charming boy on-line, ignoring Buffy's concerns about Internet freaks. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang discover a demon trapped in the school computer network.

My Thoughts:
This is another one of those episode that while good... is not one of my favorite episodes. And one I really can't put my finger on why I feel that way. It is also the first time we get to meet Jenny Calander.

(From Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon on November 9th, 2007)