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4.0 out of 5 stars “Orpheus” on BLU RAY – Compatibility Issues For UK and EUROPEAN Buyers…, 28 Feb 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Orpheus [Blu-ray] [1950] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
At present this 1950 French classic is only available on BLU RAY in the States.
But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Until such time as someone else gives “Orpheus” a REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you buy the pricey Criterion issue…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actually watched "Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy", 5 Aug 2013
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Orpheus [Blu-ray] [1950] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
"Orpheus" was slightly adjusted but this actually adds to the experience. Orphée (Jean Marais) being a poet is fascinated with The Princess - Death (María Casares). So The Princess decides to bump off Orphée's wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) so she can have her way with Orphée. In the process the princess' chauffer Heurtebise (François Périer) falls in love with María. Where will all this lead?

The film "Orpheus" (1950). It starts out telling the story of Orpheus. They show how a timeless story can be applied to any time and place. I will now always think of this film when I think Orpheus. I had to use the subtitles but by the end of the film I felt that they borrowed a lot of colloquial English to make the French langrage. Either that or I could almost follow the film without subtitles. Maybe because I am not familiar with the actors of the time, I though just the right actor was picked for each part and did not replace the character with their own personality.
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