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Sheik, the

Rudolph Valentino , Agnes Ayres , George Melford    VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Final footnote March 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
During the 1920s, women who had seen the Sheik started running all over Arabia looking for Arabs to capture them. The real Arabs and British told them to please stay home: the real sheiks were not interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars curious about the "rape" scene Feb. 9 2004
Format:DVD
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. [ Stars for the uncensored version ]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rating the movie-NOT THE DVD QUALITY Jan. 28 2004
Format:DVD
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. Most people would not think of watching a silent movie and I was one of them until now. With his facial expressions, he does not need to talk. Since viewing this, I have ordered all the rest of them, Do yourself a favor and watch at least the son of the sheik which is the better of the two. And now on to the DVD Quality. It stinks. I don't know where everyone says it a great transfer. A great transfer would look like the latest Criterion --Beauty and the Beast. Anyone with a big screen digital tv watching this will think any reviewer that says the dvd quality is good has a screw loose. It needs to be restored one frame at a time. But that would require a company willing to spend a lot of money and a long time to do. We can only hope---------
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5.0 out of 5 stars No One Does It Better Jan. 1 2004
Format:DVD
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! Take lessons! This DVD is a very high quality restoration with a beautiful musical score. Although the charismatic Valentino dominates every scene in which he appears, I also enjoyed performances by Agnes Ayres and the beautiful Vilma Banky (She was called the Hungarian Rhapsody for good reason!). Beautiful costumes and sets make for magical viewing of times gone by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmed, I love you!! Dec 11 2003
Format:DVD
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 self, as well as his own son - check out the funny splicing effects!!) - as well as extras of his 88 beauties pageant tour, "The Sheiks Physique" (Rowr!!), and sadly, an account of his funeral. It's been 80 years, and still there is as yet no one who has risen to the ranks of Rudolph Valentino. He is as unique today as he was in the 1920's - and equally alluring. This is a must-have DVD for silent film fans, Valentino fans, and anyone interested in seeing beauty personified!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Dark Lover Dec 3 2003
Format:DVD
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. I am collecting some of the films I have on DVD, why not? I really enjoyed this special edition with the added treat of a few short subjects on Valentino. The quality is superb. If anyone hasn't seen Valentino on film, this is a good place to start. Except for a few places, Valentino's acting is unlike other silent film star's who often had to rather overdo it to get a point across, and he is the first time I felt like a silent film star was moving in "my speed!" I keep forgetting that I won't be hearing his voice. I love the part where he sings...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great romantic film! June 12 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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. Rudolph Valentino is great as the desert lover.
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