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Good Earth [DVD] [1937] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Paul Muni , Luise Rainer , Gustav Machatư , Roy Rowland    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Elissa Landi, Joe Morrison, Leon Errol
  • Directors: Gustav Machatư, Roy Rowland, Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming
  • Writers: Bert Green, Charles Reisner, Claudine West
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4HO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sadly neglected film 23 Mar 2009
By Blackhorse47 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Wang is a Chinese farmer in pre-revolutionary China struggling to survive on a scrap of land when famine hits, but through many years of turmoil and strife he finally becomes a rich landowner himself, but wealth doesn't necessarily bring happiness.

I saw this film as a child and was moved. So I was eager to seek it out later. The search wasn't helped by the fact that the film has largely disappeared, but on finally seeing it again I think it still holds up well as a tale of survival and personal hardship.

The deeply flawed central character in Pearl S. Buck's original novel has been softened, as you'd expect, and his relationship with his wife has been made more palatable. Also the sight of Hollywood actors being made-up as Orientals is a bit offputting, but all that aside, this is worth seeking out, as the struggle to survive is a timeless tale and this film depicts it well. And the bittersweet nature of Wang's ultimate success is still a moving one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film 4.5*'s; Transfer Quality 2 stars 7 Oct 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Like many others, I was transfixed and mesmerised when I first saw this old epic, which I saw on a TV channel quite a few years ago. Always a sucker for an epic, specially one a bit different to Hollywood's usual fare, I admired the breadth, scope and humanity of both its story and production.

Smitten, indeed, by the epic scenes of storms over the wheatfields, filled with all the stirring drama of a Russian propaganda film and of course, the swarm of locusts, which, at the time, really took my breath away. One usually associates such spectacles with much later films, with special effects or later still, CGI.

A few tongue-in-cheek critics have nicknamed this adaptation (which I have not read) of Pearl S Buck's hefty novel, 'the lychees of Wrath' and the human condition set against nature and the landscape is every bit as dramatic as Steinbeck's dustbowl classic, but, of course, here set in China, though the bulk of The Good Earth was actually shot in Utah and California.

Whilst we are never left unsure that these are American actors playing Chinese people, it's done quite sympathetically and well, so it never intrudes, with actress Luise Reiner earning an Oscar, with cinematographer Karl Freund deservedly winner of the other award from the Academy.

As far as I could tell, I couldn't buy this DVD as a normal region 2, or at least at a reasonable price, so mine is a Korean release. Going by what others have said, the poor picture quality is not unique to this import, either. Poor, flat, grey contrast and never actually sharp in detail, though the picture doesn't suffer too badly from marks or flicker. The sound also needs cranking up to levels where hiss is audible, and is still of poor quality then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good earth was a good film 21 Mar 2013
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the film was for my mother she saw it years ago and as been looking for it for a long time ,I thought of amazon and you had it ,she was surprised at the quality for such an old film and it was very enjoyable to watch a film in black and white
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed the film. This film I last saw over 40 years ago.
Superb performance from the 2 leading players.
Great visual effects.
It is sad that films like The Good Earth are forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 17 Dec 2013
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I enjoyed it very much,it was better than I remember,the acting was good and reminds me of the golden age of Hollywood
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