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directed by Zalman King
USA 1989

 

From director Zalman King (Two Moon Junction) comes a tale of sex, passion and erotic taboos set against the backdrop of the rich and powerful. Set in the sultry splendor of Rio de Janeiro, Wild Orchid stars Mickey Rourke (9 1/2 Weeks), Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt) and supermodel Carre Otis in a ''torrid'' (Variety) adventure of the senses. Filled with ''exotic settings'' (The Hollywood Reporter), it is a hypnotic odyssey that will leave you breathless and spellbound.

Beautiful young attorney Emily Reed (Otis) travels to Rio to work with international negotiator Claudia Lirones (Bisset) on a multi-million dollar deal. But once exposed to the raw sensuality of her surroundings, Emily is increasingly drawn into a world of erotic fantasy. Eager to guide Emily through this underworld is Claudia's old flame Wheeler (Rourke). Mysterious and seductive Wheeler unleashes Emily's most primitive desires... even as she threatens to unlock his world-weary heart.

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Theatrical Release: 27 April 1990 (USA)

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Comparison:

MGM Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Eureka Video - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the MGM Home Entertainment Screen Caps!

(MGM Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Eureka Video - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

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Olive Films Blu-ray has only the R-rated cut:

 

Distribution

MGM Home Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Eureka Video
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:51:24 (un-rated) 1:51:36.689 (un-rated) + 1:45:15.309 (R-rated)
Video

1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 48,897,578,699 bytes

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

 

1.85:1 Unrated Feature Size: 24,835,409,280 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.98 Mbps

 

1.85:1 R-Rated Feature Size: 23,419,088,256 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.94 Mbps

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MGM Home Entertainment

 

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Eureka Video (unrated) Blu-ray

 

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Eureka Video (R-rated) Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, none English (SDH), none - for both versions
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.81:1

Edition Details:
� Side A:
� Unrated Version (16:9; 1:51:24)
� Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:05)

� Side B:
� R-rated Version (16:9; 1:45:04)
� Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:05)

DVD Release Date: 16 April 2002
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

 

Disc Size: 48,897,578,699 bytes

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

 

1.85:1 Unrated Feature Size: 24,835,409,280 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.98 Mbps

 

1.85:1 R-Rated Feature Size: 23,419,088,256 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.94 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

Theatrical Trailer (4:3 - 1:59)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 8th, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 8 + 8

 

 

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (February 2016): The 'painful-to-watch' Wild Orchid gets a 1080P release in region 'B' but they add the 6 1/4 minute longer 'unrated' version - absent from the US Blu-ray edition (but previously available on the DVD) and include the R-rated - on one lone dual-layered Blu-ray. So what does that mean? Well, from 3 sources, there are four additional scenes in the R-Rated version, running approximately 0:45, and eight additional scenes in the Unrated version (over 5.5 minutes worth) and supposedly 1 slightly alternate scene between the two (no confirmation.) More nudity? sex? graphic naughty bits? It appears so but I'm not bothering to document it visually.

The HD improves over the SD in the expected areas - warmer skin tones (lose the orange-ness and compression artifacts of the DVD), prevalent grain texture and occasional depth. The higher resolution looks significantly better.

Eureka go linear PCM 2.0 channel at 2304 kbps (24-bit) and it sounds quite adept - the carnival-esque sounds are rich. The score is by Geoff MacCormack + Simon Goldenberg (their only feature film credit compositions). Of course the soundtrack has some Ofra Haza, Underworld and other mix-n-match music. No complaints about the uncompressed sound quality and the Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Only extra is a 4:3 trailer (unless you consider the other version an extra.) I only have the screener disc so there nay be some liner notes. I'm not sure.

The only saving grace of the film is Miss Bisset - but her screen time is, unfortunately, limited. With a glance she shows the difference between real star power and blank-faced wannabes. The Eureka Blu-ray is the way to go if you insist on seeing this...

 - Gary Tooze

 


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Olive Films Blu-ray has only the R-rated cut:

 

Distribution

MGM Home Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 





 

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