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Orphans - DVD

Douglas Henshall , Gary Lewis , Peter Mullan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Stephen McCole, Rosemarie Stevenson, Frank Gallagher
  • Directors: Peter Mullan
  • Producers: Frances Higson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G48QAQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The directorial debut from renowned Scottish actor Peter Mullan (The Magdalene Sisters, Neds), Orphans tells the story of four siblings, who gather for their mother's funeral in Glasgow and face individual torments over a single night. This grittily realistic and deeply moving black comedy/drama brings together the finest of Scottish talent and wowed audiences all over the world on its original release.

This edition features the film in a new digital transfer, together with a selection of early Peter Mullan short films: Fridge (1995), Close (1993) and Good Day for the Bad Guys (1995).

Extras include:

  • Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • First reels Interview: Peter Mullan on Close

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny an moving 4 Feb 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
From the opening shot of the sons and daughter gathered around their mothers coffin I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry. I think Peter Mullan is a genius for making a movie which is both incredibly funny and extremely touching in a completly unsentimental way. The events of the story will constantly catch you off guard which you can't say for most Hollywood films. A real treat and one to own.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scottish Film 17 Feb 2005
I love this film - I give it to anyone who's never heard of it (pretty much everyone) and invariably they love it too - there is so much to enjoy about this film - it truly has everything; laughter and tears and awesome performances.

It never disappoints and I can watch it again and again.

Peter Mullan, winner of Best Actor at Cannes (My Name Is Joe) and the Golden Lion at Venice for directing the Magdalene Sisters, is the writer-director of Orphans, his feature film debut, starring Gary Lewis III (My Name Is Joe, Gangs of New York, Billy Elliot), Douglas Henshall (This Year's Love), Steven McCole, (Acid House) Rosemary Stevenson and Frank Gallacher.

Top actors, perfect in this ensemble, brilliant storyline and direction, if you get this you will not regret it.

Not as well known as Trainspotting owing to Film 4 failing disastrously to distribute this sterling movie, and incidently also burning 40min worth of outtakes - literally burning it and to date failing to explain why.

If it had been properly distributed, far more people would sing it's praises - topnotch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See Film for Everyone 19 Nov 2006
What to say about this movie that the other reviewers have not already said? Put simply this is a film I and several of my friends and family have seen several times and just never tire of it. It starts off with the family, three sons and a disabled daughter gathered round the coffin of their recently departed Mother making you unsure of which direction the film was leading and what exactly your reaction was to be to the events which unfold over one chaotic Autumn night in Glasgow before a funeral the following morning. You will not be disappointed no matter what you are expecting, it's all here, laughter, tears, love, hate all the things that make life worthwhile. This film deserves to be lauded and it astounds me to this day that most people I speak to have never heard of it, a real pity as it truly ranks among the best movies that I have ever seen. Forget buying yourself a relative or friend the latest Hollywood Blockbuster that you'll watch once or twice and forget in the blink of an eye, this film will stay with you forever you will watch it again and again and get more and more from it with each viewing; the sign of a true Masterpiece
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, grotesque and captivating 27 Nov 2000
The sombre image of a family mourning the death of a mother, round a coffin in the front room edges you uncomfortably on your seat even before the film really begins.
The box decribes it as a Black Comedy, but that just happens to be a neat genre in which to file it. Some moments at the beggining are very funny, in a 'I really shouldn't be laughing at this' sort of way, but towards the end, the film just turns plain old black. It is all based around a single night, and as the events unfold, so does the directing, as the characters become more and more desperate, so does the graphic style, resulting in some truly moving snapshots of the night.
The one word title of the film represents the irony that these four children are all family (altough they are all totally different and don't even get on), and the word should tell us a little about all of them. Needless to say it doesn't and the depth of divergent character building left me asking whether the director intended to make such a subtle observation on the defragmentation of family life. Since reflecting on the film for a couple of days, I think he probably did.
It's not northern grit, or trainspotting.
It is catastrophic, inspirational art and it left me speechless and shaking for 20 minutes after the end of the film. Buy.........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Emotional, Dour, Uplifting.... 8 Feb 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
To me, this is one of those films, whose scenes linger, almost haunt long after the vague and slightly off-putting title is long forgotten.

Mixing raw emotional drama, worthy of any work by Lars von Trier and the Catholic-induced fantasies that Neil Jordan fused so well into the grime and poverty of modern society this is one hell of a bumpy, but rewarding cinematic ride. In Jordan's case, Ireland, in this, Scottish director Peter Mullan is mid 90's Glasgow.

There's a gutter encrusted language that refuses to shock as it seems so much a part of the angst and misunderstanding of a modern society losing its religion but that same religion has never been more needed. In the same way of Mullan's 'My Name Is Joe', (in which he takes lead part) life is sheer hell at times and grasping onto what you know and rely on is paramount. Whether that faith be in alcohol, drugs, the church or family. Or all four.

So, the mother of the family dies and everybody is highly overwrought. Scotland's finest actors, often only seen in more lame films (Douglas Henshall, for instance is outstanding in this) or the current gritty Scots TV D.I 'Taggart', who ends up not in quite as much control as he's used to. Stalwart actor Gary Lewis (Full Monty, Brassed Off) is the lay priest and brother who tries to keep his family united as well as his church and when a storm hits...

On this, my third viewing, those scenes are worthy of anything - and more - that Hollywood can do. Truly making me goose-bumped and, frankly, perspiring as the score, the focused direction plus performances as good as anything you'll see ably pumps up the melodrama.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good old movie
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A worth watching DVD.
I saw this in the cinema and really enjoyed it but felt I missed some of the humour so bought the DVD. It didn't disappoint me. Value for money.
Published 29 days ago by Linda Pacevitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Black quirky Glasgow humour
Many years since I first saw this film, have been looking for the dvd for a while when I saw it on Amazon recently. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jane mccafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Glasgow Movie
Quite an entertaining Movie about life in a Catholic Glasgow Family during the Bereavement of the Loss of their Mother, quite funny in parts but also very unPC in parts.
Published 6 months ago by Bill Rennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
The DVD cover was a bit tattie but I expect that as it was an old DVD , the delivery came before time given and very pleased , will be ordering more soon
Published 10 months ago by Adele
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic seller. So so film.
The DVD came in a couple of days and in good condition so I'd really recommend the seller. I grew up in one part of Glasgow and my neighbour grew up in another. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aunty Stella
2.0 out of 5 stars weird
This was not the film I expected. Did not enjoy it one bit

very weird story line and i'd not watch it again.
Published 20 months ago by jaggythistle
4.0 out of 5 stars Orphans
Realy dark and well acted Scottish film.Worth a watch.You may need an interpreter if you are from outside the Kingdom of Scotland,but it will be worth it.
Published on 24 April 2012 by A Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Orphans (1998)
Park Circus is a film distribution company based in Glasgow Scotland. The company specializes in the distribution of classic and back catalogue films. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by Movie Rambler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Directing Debut From Peter Mullan
I sometimes feel as though I'm banging my head against a brick wall in praising Peter Mullan, debut director of Orphans, and acting genious (of My Name is Joe, Red Riding, Boy A... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Keith M
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