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"No Orchids for Miss Blandish" coming to DVD!


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This legendary British crime drama, a staple at gangster/film noir festivals, had been long unavailable on video in the U.S. - but no more!

 

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http://www.classicflix.com/orchids-miss-blandish-february-a-615.html

 

VCI has announced a February 23rd release date for the British crime drama *No Orchids for Miss Blandish*.

 

SYNOPSIS:

The story tells of a pampered heiress (Linden Travers) who is abducted on her wedding night by a gang of small time hoods, in what starts out as a jewel robbery and turns into a kidnapping/murder when one of them kills the groom. Despite her terrifying ordeal, Miss Blandish finds herself falling in love with the gang leader, Slim Grisson (Jack LaRue). They plan to run off together, but the rest of the gang can?t see parting with a potential million dollar ransom, or leaving a witness alive -- even if it means killing Slim Grisson to get to her.

 

Based on the shocking novel by James Hadley Chase, No Orchids for Miss Blandish?s mixture of violence and low morals made it one of the most controversial films of the late 1940?s. The book itself was ferociously condemned, provoking George Orwell and praised ?the sets, the acting, the smoothly effective direction are all good.? Chase?s novel was alleged to be the most popular book amongst serving British troops during WWII.

 

BONUS FEATURES:

 

* Video Interview with Richard Gordon and Richard Nielson by Joel Blumberg

* Commentary with Richard Gordon hosted by Tom Weaver

* British Trailer and American Trailer

* Photo Gallery

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From classicflix.com:

More news from VCI as they are pushing back the street date for *No Orchids for Miss Blandish* (1948) to June 1st. Reasons given were for VCI's desire to further restore the film to an even higher quality, as well as allowing the release to more closely coincide with its airing on TCM.

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