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Black Orpheus [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1959]

  • SKU: 6691993
  • Release Date: 06/08/1999
  • Rating: NR
Marcel Camus' award-winning Black Orpheus comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. Portuguese and English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the French theatrical trailer, a new set of English subtitles, a remastered soundtrack, and footage that has been restored to the original film after being excised years before. As always, Criterion has done a fabulous job with this classic title, allowing it to be seen by a new generation of film enthusiasts.

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    Special Features

    • Uncut version of the film, featuring four minutes of previously unseen footage
    • Remastered sound that showcases Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa's bossa nova score
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • English-dubbed soundtrack
    • French theatrical trailer


    Black Orpheus
    Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) is literally what its title suggests: a retelling of the "Orpheus and Eurydice" legend enacted by black performers. This time the setting is the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Orpheus (Breno Mello) is a streetcar conductor; Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) has just jilted her lover and is attempting to escape his wrath. Orpheus himself falls in love with Eurydice, whereupon her ex-lover, disguised as the Angel of Death shows up and kills Eurydice. To reclaim his lost love, Orpheus enters "Hell" (the Rio morgue) and uses supernatural methods to revive the dead girl. A multi-award winner on the international film scene, Black Orpheus features a samba musical score by Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Breno Mello
      Breno Mello - Orpheus
    • Marpessa Dawn
      Marpessa Dawn - Eurydice
    • Lea Garcia
      Lea Garcia - Serafina
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      Lourdes de Oliveira - Mira
    • Marcel Camus
      Marcel Camus

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      I have never been so involved in a film. It is so happy and full of life it makes you want to dance and join in on the celebration. I can't even begin to tell you how fantastic this film is. Timeless.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A staple in your movie collection

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      I finally have my own copy of this movie! It's very hard to find at any of the remaining video stores and I don't like to rent online. I highly recommend this film.

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