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Orlando (1993)

Director: Sally Potter     Starring: Tilda Swinton
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40115025
UPC: 043396715493
UPC 14: 00043396715493
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, ORLANDO follows the witty, engaging story of the incredibly long-lived aristocratic poet, Orlando (Tilda Swinton), whose gender changes in the 18th Century as he/she lives through the Elizabethan era and into the Twentieth Century. Praised for his, and later her, beauty, and tortured by love and an obsession with epic poetry that began as a teenager, Orlando learns about politics, war, sex, society, and birth as a man and again as a woman. Director Sally Potter creates a stunning, clever commentary on gender and society.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/22/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 71549
Video UPC UPC: 00043396715493
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Billy Zane
Video Cast Info Charlotte Valandrey
Video Cast Info Tilda Swinton
Video Cast Info Heathcote Williams
Video Cast Info Quentin Crisp
Video Cast Info John Wood
Video Cast Info Lothaire Bluteau
Video Cast Info Sally Potter - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sally Potter - Director
Plot Summary
Tilda Swinton is Orlando, the melancholy, fiercely independent, and always humanistic poet whose story begins when Queen Elizabeth I--wonderfully played by Quentin Crisp--takes a shine to the beautiful boy. There are several amazing things about Orlando, not the least of which is that he is immortal, has the tendency to slip into death-like sleeps for long periods of time and, halfway through the 18th century, changes into a woman. Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, the author's wit is deftly matched by director Sally Potter's translation of it to the screen. With spectacular sets and costumes, ORLANDO is lush to look at while retaining a charming intimacy. Spanning four centuries to the present, ORLANDO mixes history with dramatized events--such as a great freeze during the 17th century that encases England in ice--resulting in fairy-tale enchantment and witty metaphor. Potter's signature vignette style takes Orlando on journeys both locational and emotional--as a patron to a mooching poet (Heathcote Williams), an ambassador to the Middle East, and a lover of an American explorer (Billy Zane)--in which he learns about all varieties of life, society, and gender in all of their complexities.

Memorable Quotes

"Same person, no difference at all. Just a different sex." ---- Orlando (Tilda Swinton), after discovering that he has turned into a she.

"You are legally dead... You are a female, which amounts to much the same thing." ---- Court Officer to the newly female Orlando (Tilda Swinton)

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...This ravishing and witty spectacle invades the mind through eyes that are dazzled....[Swinton has] sweetness, gravity and intelligence..." 03/19/1993 p.C1

"...[A] sumptuously costumed journey..." - Recommended 06/01/1994 p.122

USA Today
"...ORLANDO straddles the genders while creating a new genre....A pace that this smashingly designed and photographed..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 06/23/1993 p.5D

Rolling Stone
"...[Swinton] is flat out amazing in a performance that is destined to become legendary..." 06/24/1993 p.89

Film Comment
"...Sumptuous....With an adept star turn by Tilda Swinton..." 11/01/1992 p.57-9

Entertainment Weekly
"...[Swinton is] a stunning found object: She looks so much like a painting of English nobility come to life that she helps root the film in a mythical historical past..." 07/16/1993 p.40

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Swinton,Tilda
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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