Orphan (Blu-ray)

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Tragedy seems to follow nine-year-old Esther. She was orphaned in her native Russia. Her last adoptive family perished in a fire Esther barely escaped. But now the Coleman family has adopted her, and life is good. Until a classmate takes a serious fall from a slide. Until an orphanage nun is battered to death. And until Esther's new mom wonders if that tragic fire was an accident. From Dark Castle Productions comes Orphan, bringing stunning new twists to the psychological thriller and locking audiences in a tightening vise of mystery, suspicion and terror. You'll never forget Esther. So sweet. So intelligent. So creative. So disturbed.


Studio Warner
SKU 212236558
UPC 883929049400
UPC 14 00883929049400
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/11/2010
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review After seeing Orphan, I now realize that Damien of The Omen was a model child. The Demon Seed was a bumper crop. Rosemary would have been happy to have this baby. Here is a shamelessly effective horror film based on the most diabolical of movie malefactors, a child...Pity. Esther is such a bright child. So well-behaved. Her paintings are so masterful. She sits down at the piano and rips off a little Tchaikovsky. So why does her adoptive mother have such a fearful attitude toward her? Could it be because after her arrival, Kate, her new mom, got drunk and almost let her son Daniel drown? Had Max, a darling daughter, but then miscarried a third child? Is an alcoholic trying go stay sober? Just doesn't like the little orphan girl's looks?...How the movie handles the other children, Daniel and Max, would probably have offended Gene Siskel, who had a thing about movies exploiting children in danger. This one sure does. What with the treehouse and the pond and the runaway SUV, it's amazing these kids are still able to function...The climax is rather startling, combining the logic of the situation with audacity in exploiting its terror. Yet you have to hand it to Orphan. You want a good horror film about a child from hell, you got one. Do not, under any circumstances, take children to see it. Take my word on this.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Boston Globe
Review To the Hellspawn ranks of Damien, Rosemary's baby, Rhoda "Bad Seed'' Penmark, and the Olsen twins, let us now add the title character of Orphan. Her name is Esther, which sounds about as scary as your bubbe, but as played by the very serious young actress Isabelle Fuhrman she's a prim little psycho with a taste for cutlery and an accent out of downtown Transylvania. The movie has already come under heavy fire from the national adoption community as the absolute worst PR a foster child could ever have, and correctly so: As a concept, Orphan is reprehensible. As a movie, it's entertaining trash - a good bad movie you can shriek at, laugh at, or both...Director Jaume Collet-Serra (he did the recent House of Wax remake) moves Orphan along efficiently, doling out a "boo!'' shot every few minutes with mechanical professionalism. (He also overuses the dreaded reverse-gotcha-non-boo shot, in which you're primed to jump but nothing appears.) Fuhrman is eerily deadpan as little Esther, and she gives the character a residual sadness under the craziness under the politeness, as though a lifetime of disappointment would make anyone a little homicidal...Actually, the best part of Orphan is the outstandingly lunatic plot twist that kicks in just as you're checking your watch and hoping they'll wrap things up. This development - I'd love to tell you, but you wouldn't believe me - boosts the movie into overdrive for a final 20 minutes of happy, disreputable mayhem. You come out high on the fumes of the film's preposterousness, glad to be back in the real world, and looking for a child to hug.
Reviewer Ty Burr
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle A two-hour nervous breakdown.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer ...will keep you on tenterhooks from its nightmarish opening scene to its chilling last frame.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...above most spooky-kid movies, with a twist that sets it apart.

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