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Love is a Many-Splendored Thing [DVD] [1955]

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  • Actors: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Murray Matheson
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BZT37I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,398 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Eurasian doctor and an American reporter fall in love in 1949 Hong Kong. Features the Academy Award® winning song, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing".

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Many of the films of the '50's era were partly travelogues, and this film is no exception. The opening aerial shots of Hong Kong harbour circa 1955, the streets scenes without extras, village and road scenes on the back of Victoria Island are not just for the Orientalist, but anyone interested in beautiful Cinemascope time-capsules of the past.

The color transfer to digital is acceptably good, with charming little chromatic glips from the joining-tape on the scene cuts. Seen on a good HD system, these restored films are hugely better in quality than any cinema-goer in the 1950's would have had the opportunity to view.

Of course the love-plot is refreshingly restrained, to a point of romanticization that one wonders how closely the script follows the true biographical life of Dr. Han Suyin.

Notwithstanding that the film is about love across a cultural divide, it is laced with some marvelous 'un-PC' ethnic pride, reflected in lines such as "I became a doctor to help my people.... like all Chinese, I am spell-bound by my country".

A really sweet, touching, almost haunting film from the time when movie makers still knew how to tell a story.
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This kept me company while I was I'll recently. I remember watching it on TV years ago one Saturday afternoon on BBC2. and developed 'a thing' for William Holden.... I think I was maybe 14 at the time; he had such a wonderful voice.

Some may think it's dated and of course it is having been made decades ago based on a book written, what, 50years ago? Think of it as a romantic journey into a bit of social history and an examination of attitudes regarding class and race that one would hope have changed (except that in reality, and sadly, they haven't changed that much, have they?). This is a classic and classy romance and the music is wonderful.

Next time you are feeling poorly and in need of a duvet day, pop this in the DVD player. You could double bill it with 'An Affair to Remember' !
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I have been watching this film since it`s release in 1955.The only complaint that I can raise is that the copy that I have has, to put it politely, a duff two channel stereo.This can of course be rectified by changing to wide surround.Why do I enjoy seeing it over and again? think it is the sounds of peoples voices. Holden of course is a classic example, but, obliterate all intrusions, sit back and carefully listen to Jennifer Jones`s beautifully controlled rendition. Never raised, even when Mark pushes her almost to the limit by walking out on her, if only for a short time. Add to this the spectacle of the then newly invented cinamascope and the fabulous views across the harbour. However, the story line does carry a veiled warning to all those thirty some things out there. I strongly advise you to purchase this film and take a hard long look at what Suyen, against all the sensible advice offered to her went headlong into an affair with a married man,in search of that missing link and what the sleeping Tiger may reawake. How many have been prepared to follow this urge and throw many happy years of contentment into the abbis for something that really may not exist. For only a very short time did Suyen walk on cloud nine with her Mark and recapture the precious life she had known before only to loose what she loved the most, not only her Mark, but her calling to nurse the sick with the comfortable accommodation and an adopted infant to care for but face a further empty life. Think hard and long you laddies out there.
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Wonderful film, never get tired of watching it. Especially with the charismatic and gorgeous William Holden, whom I fell in love with in my teens. Such a dreamboat. They don't make 'em like that any more. Besides that, it is a lovely, but sad film. Jennifer Jones, so graceful and perfect for her part too.
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One of my good lady's favourite movies of all time it put a massive smile on her face to see it again, well worth the money
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A classic and timeless film William Holden reminds you of how good he really was
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Emotional romance set during the Korean war. A tale of conflict of emotions and love involving varying cultures, pride and devotion to duty.
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Not a bad film, but there is an unpleasantly racist undertone in this film. It seems incredible today, why they could not choose a genuine Eurasian actress to Play the female lead, and it also shines through that an affair between a Eurasian woman and a white man could only end tragically. Madam Butterfly comes to Mind. Not in the spirit of strongminded author Han Suyin
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