Orca
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  • Orca

Orca

Director: Michael Anderson

Cast: Michael Anderson, Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson

     
 

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The killer whale revenge epic Orca swims to DVD for the first time in this release from the folks at Paramount. Presented with an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture and Dolby Digital English Mono sound, the film obviously needs more of a facelift than Paramount was ready to give it. The problem is with the print that they tracked down -- full of dirt, flecks,See more details below

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The killer whale revenge epic Orca swims to DVD for the first time in this release from the folks at Paramount. Presented with an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture and Dolby Digital English Mono sound, the film obviously needs more of a facelift than Paramount was ready to give it. The problem is with the print that they tracked down -- full of dirt, flecks, and ranging from extremely grainy to fairly acceptable, the picture is full of color but lacks the standard quality that first-rate companies are known for. Still, it is Orca widescreen and the fact that it is 16 x 9 enhanced is truly a beautiful thing. With zero extras to be found on the disc, this DVD will hold over big fans that have been awaiting this release but won't sway casual buyers used to bells and whistles in their purchases.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Of all the man vs. animal flicks out there, not many come close to matching the sheer absurdity of Orca: The Killer Whale. Hot on the heels of Jaws's immense success, this killer-whale opus updates the Moby Dick mythos and turns the celebrated tale on its ear while hyping up the idiotic psychic link between Richard Harris' Ahab character and the pissed off water-bound mammal. Over-the-top imagery is pushed at the viewer from the fourth minute on, as a great white shark surrounds a boat only to be bonked to death by Orca, who's soon to be a grieving whale widower hell-bent on kicking some Irish thespian butt. As his revenging rampage rolls along, Orca chomps limbs and destroys everything from a fleet of fishing vessels to an entire house and even an oil refinery. There are plenty of deaths before the big showdown at the end, where Harris and the roaring Orca take still pictures of each other with their eyes and face off one last time. As one can tell, it's all pretty silly stuff and only for the connoisseurs of schlock cinema, who will no doubt eat up the proceedings like the pure junk seafood it is.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
UPC:
0097360893540
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English mono; English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Harris Nolan
Charlotte Rampling Rachel
Will Sampson Umilak
Bo Derek Annie
Keenan Wynn Novak
Robert Carradine Ken
Scott Walker Swain
Peter Hooten Paul
Wayne Heffley Priest
Vincent Gentile Gas Station Attendant
Don "Red" Barry Dock Worker

Technical Credits
Michael Anderson Director
John Bloom Editor
John Bramall Sound/Sound Designer
Carol Conners & David Shire Songwriter
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Dino de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Sergio Donati Screenwriter
Vittorio Dragonetti Cinematographer
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Ferdinando Giovannoni Art Director
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Jost Jakob Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Juraga Art Director
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Philippe Pickford Costumes/Costume Designer
Marion Rothman Editor
Armando Scarano Set Decoration/Design
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Luciano Vincenzoni Producer,Screenwriter
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Ralph Winters Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Mates of the Sea [3:25]
2. Shark Attack [5:42]
3. A Fellow Creature [12:10]
4. The Seed of Vengeance [6:40]
5. He Followed You [8:56]
6. The North Point [8:11]
7. Nocturnal Destruction [8:35]
8. The Monster's Message [11:50]
9. In the Whale's Wake [7:01]
10. Ice Cuts Both Ways [7:48]
11. Last Conflict [12:01]

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