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The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) [Blu-ray] (1955)

Eugenie Leontovich , Joan Caulfield , Jean Negulesco  |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eugenie Leontovich, Joan Caulfield, Fred MacMurray, Lana Turner, Richard Burton
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A6S4T62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LANGUAGE: English. SUBTITLES: English SDH. VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.55:1. AUDIO: English 4.0 DTS-HD MA. 1955 / Color. 104 MINUTES. UNRATED. REGION FREE. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units. Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Trailers and TV Spot . Exclusive distribution for Twilight Time provided by Screen Archives Entertainment.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When it rains, it Ranchipours.... November 14, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Jean Negulesco was actually a pretty good director when it came to this type of film....throw in Richard Burton and Lana Turner and some excessive H2O in Cinemascope and you have a pretty good drama.... the Twilight Time blu-ray is excellent as usual, and this one (Bonjour Tristesse also) has subtitles for those who may need them....great color 1950's film for the buffs amongst us....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
From the time when Fox, as with Avatar's 3D, were looking for big subjects for their new format (in this case CinemaScope, the miracle you see without glasses!), The Rains of Ranchipur manages to improve somewhat on the studio's disappointing 1939 version The Rains Came. The plot has been streamlined and updated to post-colonial India, the number of characters reduced and the earthquake and floods been moved from the middle of the picture to its grand finale, while this time around the film doesn't dodge the issue of the interracial romance between Richard Burton's Indian doctor and Lana Turner's bored American socialite (for some strange reason doing what seems like a Marilyn Monroe impersonation) the way it oh so coyly did when Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy played the parts even if it doesn't go so far as to actually cast an Indian actor. The results are generally more satisfying even if the film is ultimately nothing more than lavishly mounted romantic hokum of forbidden love, bad weather and Welsh Indians, though Ray Kellog's Oscar-nominated special effects are disappointing compared to the original - the physical effects and model shots are impressive enough, but there's some very poor optical work with all too visible lines and elements that clearly don't match. It doesn't help that Fred McMurray's big redemptive act of heroism happens offscreen either. It's not terribly profound stuff, but any film with dialogue like "The destruction of midgets does not interest me" isn't without merit.

While Fox's Spanish PAL DVD boasts a good 2.55:1 widescreen transfer but no extras, Twilight Time's limited edition Blu-ray includes three trailers, a TV spot ("It's raining stars in Ranchipur!"), isolated track for Hugo Friedhofer's excellent score and booklet as well as superior picture quality and is definitely the way to go.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rains Come to Ranchipur October 5, 2011
By usrunnr
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Oh, this is a lot of fun. An old fashioned, big star movie, a melodrama in Old India or thereabouts, somewhere around Hollywood anyway. Nice color, big stars, a dam break, an earthquake, an illicit romance, a few old fashioned special effects, and no CGI. If only it were available on DVD. Your family will enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING BLU-RAY TRANSFER June 2, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one piece of 50's CinemaScope hokum that you either love or you hate. It is a re-make of the 30's "The Rains Came" with Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy.

The 1955 version adds color and wide screen. The locales take place in "exotic" India and deals with a bunch of misplaced colonials including a visiting heiress (Lana Turner), her titled husband (Michael Rennie), a washed-up writer (Fred McMurray), a rebellious young woman (Joan Caulfield), a charming but unyielding Maharani (Eugenie Leontovich) and a naive Indian doctor (Richard Burton). As you can see, by today's politically correct standards, a throughroughly miscast movie - some are racially wrong, while a few are a tad too "mature" for the parts being played. But since we're dealing with a very slick and expensive potboiler and this was the 50's, you have to take it or leave it.

The plot gets going right away with the arrival in Ranchipur of a titled couple (Turner & Rennie) who have come to buy horses from the local Maharani's stables. The wife falls in love with a young Indian doctor (Burton) thus incurring in the Maharani's displeasure (Leontovich) since she is the young man's sponsor and has big plans for his future. Another story concerns an alcoholic ex-writer (McMurray) who gets involved with a rebellious young student (Caulfield). This all takes place amidst much dialogue, smoking and cocktails, lush locales, a tiger hunt that almost turns deadly, a mammoth flood, malaria fever, and one of the most spectacular, jaw-dropping Hollywood made earthquakes this side of "Green Dolphin Street." It is all the kind of effective hokum Hollywood used to craft so expertly, and the FX are quite impressive considering they did not have access to CGI in those days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
From the time when Fox, as with Avatar's 3D, were looking for big subjects for their new format (in this case CinemaScope, the miracle you see without glasses!), The Rains of Ranchipur manages to improve somewhat on the studio's disappointing 1939 version The Rains Came. The plot has been streamlined and updated to post-colonial India, the number of characters reduced and the earthquake and floods been moved from the middle of the picture to its grand finale, while this time around the film doesn't dodge the issue of the interracial romance between Richard Burton's Indian doctor and Lana Turner's bored American socialite (for some strange reason doing what seems like a Marilyn Monroe impersonation) the way it oh so coyly did when Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy played the parts even if it doesn't go so far as to actually cast an Indian actor. The results are generally more satisfying even if the film is ultimately nothing more than lavishly mounted romantic hokum of forbidden love, bad weather and Welsh Indians, though Ray Kellog's Oscar-nominated special effects are disappointing compared to the original - the physical effects and model shots are impressive enough, but there's some very poor optical work with all too visible lines and elements that clearly don't match. It doesn't help that Fred McMurray's big redemptive act of heroism happens offscreen either. It's not terribly profound stuff, but any film with dialogue like "The destruction of midgets does not interest me" isn't without merit.

Fox's Spanish PAL DVD boasts a good 2.55:1 widescreen transfer but no extras, though Twilight Time's limited edition Blu-ray includes three trailers, a TV spot ("It's raining stars in Ranchipur!"), isolated track for Hugo Friedhofer's excellent score and booklet as well as superior picture quality and is definitely the way to go.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Laughing Matter
One of my favorite movies is The Rains Came -- yes,alas, Tyrone Power and the marvelous Oupenskaya and other white actors playing Indians -- but this film is very ahead of its... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. J. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Rather have on DVD, but this is only format available
Love this movie! Always have. I want it on DVD whenever it is available in the U.S. In the meantime, I watch it a lot on my computer.
Published 8 months ago by Mary H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Totally unsatisfactory. So bad that I returned it immediately and am still waiting for a refund. I wanted a true American version no some outlandish thing produced badly in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dee Hjermstad
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done classic movie of early life in India for the rich.
The movie delves into the subject of the possession of material things do not make people happy. The plot is well designed to get the point across that money is not a cure for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Larry J. Babin
2.0 out of 5 stars Richard Burton as an Indian?
Lana Turner is beautiful, but the story line is very slow. Even Richard Burton, wearing a turban, can't save this one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert J. Scheppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I've been waiting for this movie for quite sometime. I wasn't wild about the price, but it was the cheapest of all other web stores that I researched. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Classic Movie Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Have not received this DVD!
I thought I was buying this DVD.
Have NOT received it.
There are some old movies that I have liked very much, and
therefore ordered this particular movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mara Reisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Rains of Ranchipur
Not sure if it is new because there was no plastic wrap. I have not watched it yet, but I started the DVD to make sure it will work since it is an import. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sally F.
4.0 out of 5 stars My search is over
Have been looking for this movie for a long time. Glad I had opportunity to view it through your site.
Published 17 months ago by NANANYBOR
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost unrecognizable
I had enjoyed the book very much and was looking forward to seeing the movie. I saw the first version called THE RAINS CAME but it was a black and white version shot in the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jjk
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