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Sheik, the

Rudolph Valentino , Agnes Ayres , George Melford    VHS Tape
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If you have the slightest interest in the phenomenon called Rudolph Valentino, this terrific disc is absolutely the place to start. The screen's great male sex god of the 1920s had a mammoth success with The Sheik, a slice of desert romance both exciting and completely absurd. Valentino plays a dashing "sheik of Araby" who rather forcefully romances an adventure-minded English lady (Agnes Ayres); if the story creaks with Victorian storytelling conventions, it also works. Five years later Valentino returned to the sands with his final film, The Son of the Sheik, playing both his original role and the sheik's impetuous boy. More madness here, and a wild saber duel on horseback at night reminds us they don't make movies like this any more. Valentino's faux-exotic allure may seem curious to modern viewers, but squint hard and you can imagine the frenzy caused by the sultry eyes and rapacious grin. --Robert Horton

Special Features

A crazy 13-minute newsreel, "Rudolph Valentino and His 88 American Beauties," recounts a beauty pageant judged by the heartthrob. Winner: Norma Niblock, of Toronto. "The Sheik's Physique" is a brief scene of Rudy taking a day at the beach, and a newsreel on Valentino's 1926 funeral gives a sense of the hysteria that followed the young star's death. Newly minted music scores do an acceptable job of re-creating the musical approaches of the silent era, and The Son of the Sheik has an alternate score from a 1937 reissue; it's pretty corny. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Valentino! Sheik lover here! July 4 2004
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I've always been "in love" with the "older" male movie stars, those who are no longer around. I am twenty-seven years old but I love such actors as Tyrone Powers, Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier, to name a few.Now added to my favorite men is Rudolph Valentino! I've heard of him and how he was a sex symbol of his time, the silent film era. Curious, I bought this DVD, "The Sheik/The Son of the Sheik" At first I thought the story corny, and the music was more like elevator music. I really thought I couldn't go through with a silent film. Then...BOOM! I see Rudolph Valentino, his eyes, his face....I got shivers watching him. I didn't need to hear his voice, although I wish I could! He is sooooo sexy and soooo...I don't know what to call it, I guess he's just got "IT"! Sex appeal?
The rest of the characters were all a blur to me. Valentino's looks and expressions did not need words! His eyes "speak". Those bedroom eyes!
In both movies, he is your typical alpha male. He kind of reminded me of Yul Brynner (who by the way, is another babe!)in "The King of Siam".
As for the quality of the movie, I'd say it's pretty darn good! I think they did a good job for an "old" movie. It's not how a movie looks "now" to us, but just keep in mind that it's a 1921 movie.
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By forrie
Remember this is circa 1921 Hollywood. Before CGI (Computer Generated Images), Television, Technicolor, WideScreen & Sound. Movies & Movie Idols were Hollywoods dream machine results. One of the first male stars to mesmerize and fantatize womens hearts was "Rudolph Valentino".
The "Sheik" (1921) & the sequel "Son of the Sheik", immortalize Valentino & Hollywood begins its dreammaking machine. Millions of women world wide spent their hard earn money going to the movies over & over to see this Heart throb. Valentino even went on a national tour covering 88 cities to promote & select the most beautiful woman in the world. (Special Feature feaurette in this DVD). This matinee idol became a phenomenon, an icon.
Now through this magnificent DVD can we witness an see how Valentino dominated the screen and how these lavish Hollywood silent classics ruled the hearts of so many women.
At the least you must rent this outstanding collectors DVD to enjoy Rudolph Valentino's performance. The musical score is grand and the movies very entertaining.
Many extras are included even his spectacular funeral. (He died very young from appendicitis) This too was a very sad day in the hearts of millions. Enjoy the mystery and the brief cinamatic life of Rudolph Valentino!!
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By audrey
Rudolph Valentino made only five films, but he was idolized by millions of women the world over. Here in a fun double-bill, are The Shiek, which made him a household word, and his last film The Son of the Sheik. Each revolves around a romance between a beautiful young girl and Valentino's sultry man of the desert. There are lovely shots of horses running across the sands, delicious eyebrow raises from the sheik, and such memorable reader cards as: "The night was young at the Cafe Maure. Not a knife had been thrown---so far."
The prints are very nice, though The Sheik is heavily tinted and runs 86 minutes instead of the 80 minutes it should. The music tracks are alright, using a small orchestra, with an alternative updated track available for the second film; I was disappointed because I had seen The Sheik on television several years ago and the accompanying synthesizer track was remarkably beautiful -- but that is not on this disc.
Three shorts are included: "Rudolph Valentino and His 88 American Beauties", in which the star judges a beauty contest (1923, 13 minutes); "The Sheik's Physique", in which the star takes a nap in his swimsuit (not dated, 3 minutes); and the Pathe News coverage of Valentino's funeral (1926, 4 minutes).
If you are interested in silent films or in Valentino, this is a terrific package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behold the beauty that was Valentino Jan. 18 2003
My only real glimpses of Rudolph Valentino were through movie stills and clips and couldn't see what the fuss was about. After taking an interest in silent films, I decided to buy this dvd and see what he was all about. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. The Shiek and The Son of the Shiek are two amazing and surprisingly intriguing films though the latter is superior and was definitely my favorite. The first is the story of a shiek who becomes entranced by a strong-willed woman he kidnaps and from there on the story unfolds. In the second, he plays dual roles, father and son, and there is quite a bit more action. Still, both movies are great and worth watching.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final footnote
During the 1920s, women who had seen the Sheik started running all over Arabia looking for Arabs to capture them. Read more
Published on March 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars curious about the "rape" scene
First off, great reviews here. Just wondering if this edition has the in/famous rape scene, or has it been cut out, as on the VHS version ? Thanks. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Hillbilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating the movie-NOT THE DVD QUALITY
I am so glad that I bought this movie on the basis of reading other reviews. To watch Valentino for the first time is quite impressive. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by L. Biskup
5.0 out of 5 stars No One Does It Better
There is absolutely no one past or present who does to women on screen what Rudolph Valentino does. He is the ultimate lover. Just watch his hands. Gentlemen of today! Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Susie Giamalva
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmed, I love you!!
My goodness - How I wish I'd been around in 1920's Hollywood!! - This is a wonderful look back at Rudolph Valentino's two Sheik movies (the second in which he plays his former... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Aloixa Sinclaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Dark Lover
I've been seeing these films all of my life thanks to such shows as Silents Please! and silent film festivals, and I've been a silent film fan forever. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Sandra in Motown
5.0 out of 5 stars great romantic film!
For great romance and passion, "The Sheik," really has it. It's a great film. It's a silent film and is great. In my opinion it's one of the best. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by Rosella Ann Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars It is just a story!
I love Rudolph Valentino. He possessed a spirit that I find
rare in anyone. As for "The Shiek", it is just a fantasy story. Read more
Published on March 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Comanding!
This was my first silent film I bought. I thought silent films were going to be very unentertaining. The Shiek proved me wrong. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2002
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