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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (Blu-ray)


Lurid 1940s British crime drama which caused moral panic upon its original release

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Among the most controversial British films ever produced, this lurid crime drama caused an unprecedented storm of controversy upon release: local councils banned it, the Bishop of London denounced it, and MPs demanded an investigation into the BBFC for allowing it to be seen. 

Based on the notorious novel by James Hadley Chase (which itself was condemned by George Orwell), No Orchids for Miss Blandish is a mixture of sex, violence and immorality, and tells the brutal story of a kidnapped heiress who falls for one of her crazed captors.

This fascinating example of British film noir, which the Monthly Film Bulletin described as “the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism ever to be shown on a cinema screen” is now released on UK Blu-ray for the very first time.

  • High definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Miss Blandish and the Censor (2019): ex-BBFC examiner Richard Falcon discusses the controversial film's history with the British Board of Film Censors
  • Interview with producer Richard Gordon and actor Richard Neilson (2010, 35 mins): filmed interview with the famed US distributor-producer, and the actor
  • Soldier, Sailor (1945, 51 mins): World War II docudrama, conceived by No Orchids for Miss Blandish’s writer-director St John Legh Clowes
  • Original British and American theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, analysis of the different versions of the source novel, an extract from an essay on No Orchids for Miss Blandish by George Orwell, news accounts of the controversy surrounding the film’s release, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
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SKU 5037899071960
Catalogue Number PHILTD148
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1948
Director St John L Clowes
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Powerhouse Films
Countries United Kingdom
Colour Black & white
Sound Original mono
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 98 min
Blu-ray region A, B, C
Certificate PG
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