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Orphan (2009)

Vera Farmiga , Peter Sarsgaard , Jaume Collet-Serra  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett
  • Directors: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Orphan" on IMDb

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  • Additional scenes, including an alternate ending

Editorial Reviews

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate's fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there's something wrong with Esther--this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late...for everyone.

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good and Intense November 22, 2009
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought "Oh God, another one of those movies." But I was surprised that after I'd gone and seen it, I'd actually thoroughly enjoyed it.

Isabelle Fuhrman is the "orphan"; that is, 9-year-old Esther who seems a little strange and morbid despite the adopted parents instance attraction to her. When violent events began taking place that are connected to Esther, the parents began to suspect that there is more to the little girl than appears.

Fuhrman definitely was the right choice for the role of Esther; she has an attractive face and her youth doesn't strain her acting abilities which were very convincing. I won't lie though; the movie was very grisly, and even I had to turn away from the screen a few times. Even the twist ending really shocked me, and I'm not easily shocked. I really think that despite how it looks, give it a shot, because it wasn't a bad little movie. It was well acted, well thought out, and seriously creepy.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Been a Bad Girl July 24, 2009
"There's something wrong with Esther," say the ads for "Orphan," and indeed, there is. I could just end the review with that, as it does pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the main character, an adopted girl who promises heaven and delivers hell. But then I'd miss out on the opportunity to tell you about all the other great things it has to offer. This is a truly great horror movie, ambitious enough to be frightening and absorbing, confident enough to toy with the conventions we know all too well, mature enough to rely on the talents of actors instead of the sex appeal of teenagers. Its greatest achievement is transcending the cliché that is the precocious yet evil child, and while I'd like to elaborate on that, I'm afraid the nature of the plot doesn't allow for such details. Regardless, what happens is most likely not what you think will happen, which is to say that you'll actually be surprised.

Esther is played by Isabelle Furhman, a twelve-year-old playing a nine-year-old, although age doesn't count much here. She speaks with a flawless Russian accent and masterfully runs the emotional gamut between sweet and sadistic. Esther is a consummate manipulator, able to advertise herself as the nicest girl you'd ever want to raise as your own before switching gears and making those who stand in her way suffer. We first see her sitting all alone in the classroom of an orphanage, painting a colorful and happy picture that tells a story. Her dress is nice, if a little old fashioned, and the ribbons she has tied around her neck and wrists make her look like a princess. When she smiles, it's not the toothy perfection of a mouthwash commercial but a real girl's smile--so cute and innocent and loveable.
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful
I saw this film when it opened on July 24, 2009. Mixed reviews from fans and critics were the usual flair upon its release, but something struck me about this movie. The film went on to gross $37 million at the box-office despite the thrashing it took from critics, but everyone couldn't help but notice the Oscar-nomination worthy performance of its 12-year-old star Isabelle Fuhrman. I just viewed the film on DVD for the first time since its theaterical run and I'm still seeing just how riveting and engaging this movie really is.

"Orphan" is NOT a horror film. It's more along the lines of a SUSPENSE THRILLER. When I think of horror films, I think of sex-crazed teenagers being sliced up one-by-one by a machete-wielding maniac (Jason Voorhies, Freddy Krueger, Micheal Myers, etc.). The only real weapons wielded here is just a hammer, a knife, and a .38-caliber pistol. You think scary when it comes to horror films and "Orphan" isn't scary. Has some frightful moments, yes, but scary? Wishful thinking!

Set in the winter-bound parts of Conneticut & Canada, the story centers on the Coleman family: Kate (Vera Farmiga), a Yale University music teacher recovering from alcoholism and bouts of depression after having a stillborn from her third pregnancy; John (Peter Sarsgaard), an architech whose nice guy persona overshadows his increasing issues with Kate that led to past affairs; Max (Aryana Engineer), their deaf 5-year-old daughter who communicates through sign language and their oldest son Daniel (Jimmy Bennett), who feels bitterly neglected & increasingly isolated from his parents. As a way of coping with the loss of their would-be 2nd daughter, Jessica, and to amend their existence as a family, Kate & John make a fateful decision to adopt a young girl at the local orphanage.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine Acting From A Solid Cast! Great Story! January 6, 2011
I love the pro-adoption commentary before this movie. It's a PSA of sorts telling you that all orphans are not bad kids and the following movie is not based in fact. I don't see why that was necessary, but it is humorous to think that anyone would believe this film is non-fiction.

The children in this movie are believable and they carry much of the films weight. Isabelle Fuhrman is spectacular in her performance. She is nothing like a young, wooden MacCauley Calkin who often seemed to be reading directly from a cue card (see Home Alone). Dad thinks she is innocent and sweet, but she secretly trys to destroy the dynamics of the family. As her character evolves and we learn more and more about her, she loses that sweet exterior and we see her for the murderous little heathen that she really is. Her language is very graphic at times, but not without purpose.

The entire cast were fine in their roles. The parents, and their need of another child seemed very convincing. The flow of the film from beginning to end makes for a great thriller that I highly recommend to all. It's not the same old typical slasher film with the same typical ending... and the acting is superb!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great horror dvd --loved it and the surprise ending was great.
Published 6 hours ago by Vincent Martucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie, don't expect the what it is going on at all.
Published 4 days ago by Tanya Bellardino
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Published 6 days ago by Carroll Edgar
4.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining movie with some good twists and surprises
Killer bitch! Really entertaining movie with some good twists and surprises.
Published 8 days ago by Leslie Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie! Not how I thought it was gonna end but still a very good movie! Great thriller!
Published 10 days ago by Lisa Alix
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie itself was excellent. Though it didn't include a digital...
The movie itself was excellent. Though it didn't include a digital copy as it clearly states on the order that I placed. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mitchell M. Clifton
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes a horror movie is more than the sum of its parts
Orphan is splendidly watchable, but not due to any particular intensity in the scares, or any particularly creepy atmosphere (most of it takes place in a suburban home) or even any... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Renter
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad. Not what I expected though.
Published 13 days ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item, loved it!
Published 14 days ago by Douglas J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars i LOVED IT
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Thoughts on alternate ending?
The alternate ending began right after the greenhouse scene: after jumping through the roof, Kate got up, took Max, and they fled the house. Then Esther regained consciousness and, instead of going after Max and Kate, she decided to go back into her little girl persona. Enter the police, shining... Read More
Dec 2, 2009 by JR Corry |  See all 13 posts
The 20-Song Playlist Mentioned In My Review Can Be YOURS!
Hey, Dana!

I think it's cool you've made this mix CD, and I'll definitely be making a copy for myself!...
Just to let you know, I made a comment on your review of Orphan, so please feel free to read it! :)

Thanks a lot,
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Jun 22, 2010 by M. Sorge |  See all 2 posts
I'm curious: Why is the ending so surprising.......... possibily
Because you really do not see that coming. There are small clues but you only notice them after you know the end. It's a pretty good twist, and a pretty good movie too.
Jul 29, 2009 by Stotan |  See all 7 posts
Digital Copy??
If you ordered the Blu-Ray then yes, a digital copy should have been included. When one opens the case, the disc with the movie is on the right side and the digital copy disc is on the left, with an instructional insert placed over the disc that gives you the special code. I'm assuming that in... Read More
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