[UK] ORCA Blu-ray Review

ORCA The Killer Whale
  • Picture Quality
  • Sound Quality
  • Special Features
  • Film Rating


Umbrella Entertainment continue to please fans with this release of ORCA. If creature features and sea adventures are your thing, I would strongly suggest picking this one up.

Synopsis from the Umbrella Entertainment Website:

Captain Nolan (Oscar® nominee Richard Harris, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone) is a man of the sea. Brave and headstrong, he is a fisherman who takes up the fight of his life against one of nature’s most fearsome creatures – the killer whale. Orca seeks to avenge the death of his pregnant mate, left murdered in blood red waters. Rising from the ocean, leaving behind it a wake of destruction and mayhem, the deadly marine creature lures his human adversaries to a match of wits and survival in the chilly arctic waters.
Also starring Bo Derek (10), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter), Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Keenan Wynn (Dr. Strangelove) and Robert Carradine (Django Unchained) and featuring the music of award winning composer Ennio Morricone, ORCA is a thrilling aquatic adventure of breath-taking scope.

“The Shark is Brok……OH! Wrong Movie”

Picture Quality

The film is presented in a 2.35:1 ratio, with the transfer and picture quality looking fantastic. This film is mostly set at sea, which is perfect to showcase how bright and sharp this release is, with little to no shadowing or lack of clarity in the underwater/night scenes. During lighter moments in the film, the colours remain strong, especially in scenes featuring the town and it’s surrounding area.

Sound Quality

The audio quality of the score and sound effects in this release were the biggest highlights for me upon my initial watch, but that’s not me saying that the voice quality was bad. The voice quality was fine and remained clear and sharp for the duration of the film.

The Specs

  • Region Code: B
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Disc Format: 1080P HD Colour
  • Audio Format: 5.1 and Mono HDMA
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Running Time: 92 Minutes
ORCA The Killer Whale

“In case you were wondering….Looks like Jaws won the fight”

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by film historian Lee Gambin
  • MOBY DICK ala DE LAURENTIIS: Martha De Laurentiis remembers ORCA
  • Theatrical Trailer

ORCA is currently in stock over at the Umbrella Entertainment Website and is also available from Amazon and WOWHD.

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