Orphan (2009): Collector’s Edition [Blu-ray]

Now Available from Scream Factory.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s horror film still remains a devious and twisted little gem that continues to be celebrated and rightfully so. It’s not only one of the sharper films of its ilk, but it also wields a twist ending that is so completely out of left field, you’ll be left with your jaw agape through the closing credits. “Orphan” is a movie punctuated by its great supporting cast but it’s mainly a great showcase for newcomer Isabelle Fuhrman.

Devastated by the loss of their unborn baby, Kate and John decide to adopt a child. At the orphanage, both feel drawn to a little girl named Esther, and soon the couple take their new daughter home. But when a dangerous series of events unfolds, Kate begins to suspect that there is something evil lurking behind the child’s angelic exterior.

As Esther, Isabelle Fuhrman is a complex and multi layered villain prone to bouts of outbursts and devious motives that we’re never really sure of, even in the very end. Fuhrman truly is the star of “Orphan” always hiding her wolf’s fur under the sheep’s wool not just from the characters, but from the audience, as well. “Orphan” really does a good job of relying on expectations from this sub-genre, and then successfully undercuts the predictability by subverting them well. There are so many unique turn of events as well as a creative take on the entire idea of adoption and how grief can allow a source of evil to infiltrate the family unit.

Co-stars Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are as good as ever, playing the unwilling parents of this conniving orphan child that slowly unravels over the course of the narrative. It’s a suspenseful and wildly bizarre horror film that just gets more and more admirable in its ability to offer up a great climax.

Scream Factory releases this edition with a brand new 2024 2K Scan Of The Interpositive, along with English DTS-HS Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0. Included in the new Collector’s Edition, there’s a series of new commentaries that fans of “Orphan” might appreciate and even treasure down the line. Included is an audio Commentary With Film Critics Emily Higgins and Billy Dunham, a new audio Commentary With Film Critics Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger, Tadd Good & Bryan Clark, a new audio commentary with Film Critics Chris Alexander and Ali Chappel, a new audio commentary with Film Critic Heather Wixson, and the new “Silent Story,” an interview with composer John Ottman. There’s the vintage “Mama’s Little Devils: Bad Seeds And Evil Kids” – Featurette, a slew of Deleted Scenes as well as the Alternate Ending for “Orphan”; there’s also a full still gallery, and finally the original theatrical trailer.