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She - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!

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A movie directed by Lansing C. Holden;Irving Pichel

Randolph Scott is his usual stiff but smiling self as Leo Vincey, the long-lost American heir to a British family legacy, sent by his estranged father to reclaim the legendary "Flame of Life," discovered five centuries ago by his explorer ancestor. Producer … see full wiki

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under-rated adventure classic

  • May 10, 2009
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+4
SHE reunited the team which brought to the screen "King Kong" and "The Most Dangerous Game" (chief among them producer Merian C. Cooper, music composer Max Steiner and script supervisor Ruth Rose) for another rollicking adventure yarn. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard, SHE is the story of a group of explorers who travel deep into the artic in search of a mysterious life-force....the flame of life which bestows immortality on those who are brave enough to enter it.

Leo Vincey (Randolph Scott), Holly (Nigel Bruce), and Tanya (Helen Mack) join forces to track down the Flame of Life, and instead stumble across a forgotten world of primitive cave-dwellers hidden behind a giant door, and the beautiful yet fearsome Queen Hash-A-Mo-Tep of Kor (Helen Gahagan), otherwise known as She Who Must Be Obeyed!

Randolph Scott is wooden yet fun in the role of Vincey, but it's Helen Gahagan's show all the way. This was remarkably her only full-length film credit. Helen Mack is a lovely presence, and Nigel Bruce provides solid support.

Forget the two tepid remake/sequels with Ursula Andress. SHE is a grand adventure, filled with the flourishes that only Merian C. Cooper could provide. A fantastic movie to while away a dull Sunday afternoon. The colourised version on the Legend DVD is quite good, with sharp contrast and shadow detail. Thankfully the disc also includes the original B&W print too. The bonus interview with Ray Harryhausen is much-appreciated and it's also fascinating to go behind the scenes with the colourisation technicians.

If you enjoyed "Lost Horizon" you'll love SHE.

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