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The Lady from Shanghai [Blu-ray] [1948]

  • SKU: 26735164
  • Release Date: 03/17/2015
  • Rating: NR

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    The Lady from Shanghai
    The Lady From Shanghai, a complex, involving puzzle-within-a-puzzle mystery story, is a showcase for Orson Welles, showing his singular talents and sensibilities as few other films have. The story is superficially simple: a seaman Michael O'Hara (Welles) is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy Banister (Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) has met O'Hara earlier, when he saved her from a mugging. What ensues is a complicated and bizarre pattern of deception, fraud and murder, with O'Hara finding himself implicated in a murder, despite his innocence. The film is best remembered for its final sequence when the plot comes to a literally smashing climax in the famous "hall of mirrors" sequence, with Elsa and Banister shooting it out amidst shards of shattering glass. Orson Welles, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in the film, is sometimes self-indulgent in his use of visual tricks and techniques, which at times sacrifice plot for visual brilliance, but he pulls it together in the end to produce a stunning, difficult film. Rita Hayworth gives one of her best performances as the deceptive, seductive temptress, hard-edged and cynical. The film confounds, unsettles and disorients the viewer, very much as Welles intended to do. While not an easy film, it is well worth the attention required to follow it, and Welles offers no easy solutions or any false happy endings to his tour-de-force mystery. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Rita Hayworth
      Rita Hayworth - Elsa "Rosalie" Bannister
    • Orson Welles
      Orson Welles - Michael O'Hara
    • Everett Sloane
      Everett Sloane - Arthur Bannister
    • Ted de Corsia
      Ted de Corsia - Sidney Broome
    • Glenn Anders
      Glenn Anders - George Grisby

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Lady from Shanghai BD

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      This Blu-ray is the 2015 4K remastered edition released by Mill Creek Entertainment. This picture and sound is stunning. I can't imagine this movie looking any better. I understand that there have been issues with the picture and sound concerning this title and the lack of subtitles from other companies. I saw no picture issues and this disc has subtitles. NOTE: This blu-ray has NO extra features....just the movie only. But considering I bought it for $8.99 from Best Buy, who really cares? I have all but stopped caring about the extras on my discs long ago. Good picture and sound quality is what I aim for on the movies I buy these days, and this blu-ray delivers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic looks great in hi-def

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      One of my favorite classic Welles films, finally on Bly-ray, and worth the wait

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Old Movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Good 1948 movie. Purchased online. Hard to find in stores.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic!

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      A classic film that I was happy to add to my collection at a great price!

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