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Broken Blossoms [1919] [DVD]

Lillian Gish , Richard Barthelmess , D.W. Griffith    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr.
  • Directors: D.W. Griffith
  • Writers: D.W. Griffith, Thomas Burke
  • Producers: D.W. Griffith
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YVDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DW Griffith's classic melodrama. Cheng Huan, a Chinese man, has taken it upon himself to bring the teaching of Buddhism to the Western world. Soon after arriving in London's Limehouse he becomes despondent by the lack of interest and underlying racism and decides to become a shopkeeper. However, when he becomes involved in protecting a young girl (Lillian Gish) from her violent and xenophobic father he falls in love with her. But all is not peaceful for long when the father discovers that his daughter is staying with a foreigner...

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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D.W. Griffith's previous great 'Birth of a Nation' had aroused such controversy that he decided to fight back. Intolerance is a superb piece of filmmaking and one that I most strongly recommend to all true lovers of the cinema. The lesson is made in four stories: The first story is of how the Priest of Bel betrays Belshazzar in ancient Babylon, with the final conclusion being the savage destruction of the great city. The battle scenes more than rival those of Ben Hur, Alexander the Great or any other tale of heroism in old times. The second story is that of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and of those who allowed it to happen. This story is not explored upon much and is given less treatment than the other three, although its impact remains potent. The third story takes place in renaissance France, where the Catholics slaughter the Protestants. The massacre is more violent than one would expect from a film of 1916, and despite its rather crude delivery, it still manages to shock and appal. The final story is set in what was then the modern world. A group of women fighting for decency and a proper society reduce life to a boring and monotonous existence. A man is to be hanged for a murder committed by one of the women who does not confess and when she finally does, a gang of men rush to save the boy just in time. All these stories are linked by an image of Lillian Gish rocking a cradle, symbolic of the innocence she protects.
Intolerance is extremely meaningful and poignant with good performances and shocking moments throughout. Its breathtaking sets and scenes are enough to keep anyone entertained, and this film comes to a superb climax four times.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor DVD version 26 Mar 2010
Great, great film. Terrible, terrible DVD.
Substandard visuality... No restoration... Painful to watch even if you're not hi-definition blue-ray freak...
VHS with this level of quality would be unacceptable, not to speak of DVD.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best dramitic acting performance ever 11 Mar 2004
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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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film but DVD quality is appalling 15 Feb 2012
Having seen this great film with live music during a Thames Silents festival, I was keen to obtain a copy of this film. However, the film is entirely ruined by the appalling quality of the DVD. The pictures shown on the box are clear and give the impression this is a restored, quality print. In fact, it proved impossible to watch. The many lines and graininess of the print are bad enough but the real killer are the white captions over a brighter flickering light in the centre of the screen which gave us all a headache and forced us to stop watching after only ten minutes.

I can recommend this film but DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS VERSION.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D.W.Griffith And Intolerance In The 21st Century. 13 April 2007
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Imagine that Steven Spielberg was no longer directing movies and that WAR OF THE WORLDS would be the one film he is remembered for. Would that be a fair assessment of his career? Absolutely not but that is what has happened to cinema pioneer D.W. Griffith. The film he is remembered for today is the 1915 BIRTH OF A NATION which was the first important American epic. Unfortunately its source material THE CLANSMAN (the film's original title) is a Southern view of the Civil War which glorifies the Ku Klux Klan and is extremely racist (although toned down considerably from the book by Thomas Dixon). Griffith made 34 feature films and over 400 shorts between 1908 and 1931. In the overwhelming majority of these he is a social progressive tackling such issues as poverty, political corruption, worker exploitation and interracial romance. He even made an anti-Klan film THE ROSE OF KENTUCKY back in 1912. I mention all of this because in this current climate of political correctness Griffith is being judged and censured on the basis of one film as opposed to his whole body of work and the damage being done to his reputation is still going on. In the recent Oscar nominated film JUNEBUG, one of the characters is a Southern racist Civil War painter who happens to be named David Wark (the D.W. in Griffith's name).

INTOLERANCE, the follow-up to NATION, was the most ambitious and expensive film ever made up to that point (1916) and forever changed the way that movies would be made after it. Because of the lifesize sets of Ancient Babylon and the thousands of extras employed, the movie would cost over $500 million to remake today. Its central theme shows how intolerance through the ages breeds anger, anger then breeds repression and repression breeds more intolerance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WOW got the order the next day, top dogs.
Published 18 days ago by flash
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall quality
Very early film but Very poor and hard to see a lot of it. Should have been enhanced to make it with viewing.
Published 5 months ago by J.A.D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Intolerance
The qualiry of the print is wretched, therefore the film is unwatchable. There is no point in evaluating it. That is all.
Published 13 months ago by Tommaso d'Amico
There's a reason why this is so cheap and that is the truly awful quality of the transfer. Companies which ruin films like this should be struck off. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Film Buff
4.0 out of 5 stars More extras, more!
This epic was made in America in 1916, by one of the greatest directors of the silent age, D.W. Griffith. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Love old films
Unusual film I feel he may have bitten off more than he can chew as it drags in places and trys to be very high brow with its moral issues and jumping about in time very ambitious
Published 18 months ago by pip
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this dvd as far as possible, it's GARBAGE!
When I bought this dvd a couple of years ago, I was looking for dvd versions of public domain films to watch on the big screen (my television) and this one seemed to be a good... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bart
1.0 out of 5 stars Intolerance
Ridiculously inappropriate soundtrack of classical music. No attempt seems to have been made to match the music to the action. Very distracting. Avoid, or watch with the sound off.
Published 21 months ago by Les397
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly Flawed DVD (Unrestored), But Great Film
This is one of the great films of history (and I can say that having seen it in film shown on screen by William K. Everson in New York in the 1960s). Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by H. C. Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Physical Acting at it's Best
As we are unable to hear how a character speaks in a silent film, the inflections of voice and use of langauge, how can we know a characters thoughts and motivations? Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by A Chap.
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