This film, made in just nineteen days, along with Way Down East represents D W Griffiths finest achievement. The atmosphere of limehouse was expectly recreated and is a perfect setting for the story.
Lillian Gish's plays the part of a fifteen year old girl called Lucy totally convincingly (she was actually twenty six at the time). The scenes of her trapped in the cupboard turning hysterically, while Battling Burrows (Donald Crisp) beats down the door is truely harrowing and must represent one of the finest moments in motion picture history.
If there had been academy awards available at this time Gish would have deserve the best actress award for this performance.
The addition of Broken Blossoms on this DVD has been restored by David Sheppard and the picture quality is therefore stunning, it includes the original colour tints of the films release as well as a score written especially for the film in the 1920's.
I can not recommend this DVD more, it is one that you will want to watch again and again.