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Rains of Ranchipur [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Glamour, earthquakes, rains, Burton and Turner!! Who could want more?? Buy this one!!!Published 4 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
Great picture and sound with a Regional Coding of O which enables a wider distribution to a cunsumer market hungary for such films from the mid 1950's.Published 4 months ago by W. Grubb
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 morePublished 22 months ago by G. J. Davis
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 23 months ago by Mary M.
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 morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Dee Hjermstad
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 morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Larry J. Babin
Lana Turner is beautiful, but the story line is very slow. Even Richard Burton, wearing a turban, can't save this one. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Robert J. Scheppy
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 morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Classic Movie Lover