The Sheik / The Son of the Sheik (Special Edition)
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- Includes three bonus shorts: Rudolph Valentino and His 88 American Beauties, The Sheik's Physique, and the original Pathe newsreel coverage of Valentino's funeral in August 1926
- New digital stereo music scores, plus alternate soundtrack with vintage score for "The Son of the Sheik"
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After the phenomenal succes of The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse, studio execs were unsure what to do with the darkly handsome Valentino. At last, he landed the lead role in Paramount's The Sheik. Based on the "scandalous" best-seller, it was romantic melodrama in it's purest form.
It's the story of a young English woman, Diana (Angnes Ayres) who crosses paths with the desert chieftan Sheik Ahmed ben Hassan. Fascinated by her spunk, he abducts her to become his wife. Diana is not too thrilled with the concept and resists. Thus begins the battle of wills.
From a coldly logical standpoint, the Sheik is not a very good movie. Valentino's acting is not as good as in his later work. The script is somewhat disjointed. In fact, it was a predicted bomb when it was first released. However, the movie posesses a kitchy, innocent charm that is probably as fascinating now as it was then. It is one of those movies you find yourself enjoying even though you don't know why.
The version on this DVD is a tinted print in pretty good shape. Some of the titles vary slightly from the VHS release (for example, Diana is referred to as the daughter of a poet in the VHS and the daughter of a peer on DVD) Some scenes are added or cut. People who own the VHS release may chose to make their own comparisons.
The soundtrack is electronic/orchestral. It is a selection of music that was available to organists at the time and probably some of the music was used when the Sheik was first released. The music generally does not sound too electronic though it may bug purists (though the VHS edition has an obvious synth score). I enjoyed it.Read more ›
As for Valentino, he was an amazing presence on film. To me, he is "the" sex symbol that is incomparable to any from his era to now. In the first movie, his mannerisms and facial expressions are more dramatized, but the second film, he is more natural and its in that one he was even more beautiful. I can see why people are still entranced with him after all this time. Count me in as one of those.
As for the DVD, both of the films are good prints and the music fits the film. You also get to see the Pathe newsreel showing his funeral which is very sad. Most interestingly you get to see him judge a beauty contest and there is a clip called "The Shiek's Physique" which is a clip of him sunbathing on the beach. He is gorgeous in that as well.
All in all, its a great deal and a good bargain to get to see one of the most amazing actors. Great!
I relish the close-up of his singing "Beautiful Dreamer" to Diana under her balcony - his smile, combined with the musical score to the song (actually, the entire musical score was haunting and beautiful), are one of the most romantic moments in the film. Lucky Diana!
I could go on forever, there are so many things to love about this classic! I've fallen head over heels for Valentino - his magnificent eyes, smile, the way he walks, his comedy style, his sexual charisma and sensuality - and even his hands are beautiful! Like a passage I read recently stated: they are still searching for the next Valentino, but have yet, to this day, to find one. For lovers of good old fashioned classic romance, this film has all the elements and I recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can see why Rudy was so popular back in the day. He was so passionate and sensual. so erotic, without even speaking a single word. He was simply SENSAZIONALE!Published 1 month ago by Patricia
The DVD arrived in a timely manner. The 1 1/2 hour movie was amazingly interesting to watch. The stylized acting was fun to watch, and the plot was quite well done.Published 4 months ago by James Hargrove
It made Valentino a star. The print was of poor quality. Seeing the old title cards was the best thing on the DVD. I will look for a better version on DVD. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rene Krammer
The movie is great..the accompanying music not so good..better music choices could have been used.Published 9 months ago by Debra G
Valentino is Valentino. What else can I say. I am a great fan and I especially love these old silent movies. They somehow soothe my soul. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. Ervin
Excellent film from a bygone era. Very interesting to watch this film and others from that time period to learn how movies were made in the beginning of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Diane Arnold
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