Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 12th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1948
Director: St. John Legh Clowes
Writer: St. John Legh Clowes
Cast: Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham, MacDonald Parke, Danny Green, Lilli Molnar, Charles Goldner, Zoe Gail, Leslie Bradley
BluRay Release Date: March 20th, 2018
Approximate running time: 92 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Kino Lorber
Region Encoding: Region A
Retail Price: $24.95
Though, this film is billed as a Film Noir. The end result is something closer to the gangster / crime films that Warner Brothers made during the 1930’s.
The premise is well executed, the characters are well defined and the visuals do a good job reinforcing the mounting tension. Standout moments visually include, the scene where Miss Blandish is abducted and a scene where she is freed from her original captors, only to be taken hostage by another crime syndicate.
If there is one area where this film does not clock on all cylinders. Then that would be in regards to its pacing. Things start off strong as the film’s opening act does a superb job laying the foundation for that events that follow.
Unfortunately, things tend to get bogged down during the middle act and the film’s anticlimactic finale is underwhelming.
Performance wise, the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s most memorable performance being Jack La Rue (The Story of Temple Drake) in the role of a crime boss named Slim Grisson, who falls in love with his hostage Miss Blandish. Other notable performances include, Walter Crisham in the role of a cold blooded killer named Eddie Schultz and Linden Travers (The Lady Vanishes) in the role of this film’s protagonist Miss Blandish.
No Orchids for Miss Blandish comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer is in great shape. Grain looks natural, details look sharp, contrast and black levels remain strong throughout.
This release comes with a one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Overall No Orchids for Miss Blandish gets a solid audio / video presentation from Kino Lorber.
Note: This film is also being released by Kino Lorber on DVD.