(aka "Shen nu" )

 

directed by Yonggang Wu
China 1934

 

The great actress Ruan Lingyu earned international acclaim for her powerful performances in a series of social dramas made between 1927 and 1935. Her success brought her much fame that caused her to commit suicide at the age of 24. In The Goddess (1934), Ruan Lingyu portrays a single mother whose only hope for supporting her son is to submit to a life of prostitution. The film is a heartbreaking look at life under the strictures of an intolerant society.

Theatrical Release: 1934 - China

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DVD Comparison:

San Francisco Silent Film Festival (NTSC) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. San Francisco Silent Film Festival (PAL) - Region 0 - PAL vs. German/French TV channel ARTE - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Region 0 - NTSC

San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Region 0 - PAL
German/French TV channel ARTE
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:14:30 1:14:30 1:19:40
Video

4:3 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.71 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

4:3 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5:70 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

4:3 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.48 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

San Francisco Silent Film Festival (NTSC)

 

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival (PAL)

 

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German/French TV channel ARTE

 

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0

Dolby Digital 2.0

MPEG-1

Subtitles English or Chinese intertitles English or Chinese intertitles Chinese intertitles with German subtitles
Features Release Information:
Studio: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 4:3

Edition Details:
• Both NTSC and PAL versions
• English version and Chinese version
• commentary by Richard J. Meyer

DVD Release Date:
Keepcase

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 4:3

Edition Details:
• Both NTSC and PAL versions
• English version and Chinese version
• commentary by Richard J. Meyer

 

DVD Release Date:
Keepcase

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: German/French TV channel ARTE

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 4:3

Edition Details:
• First recorded to VHS, then digitized...

 

DVD Release Date:
Chapters

Comments The San Francisco Silent Film Festival PAL version appears to be the sharpest. The German/French TV counterpart has had significant contrast boosting and is zoomed in. There appears to be different damage spots on the versions. Obviously the San Francisco Silent Film Festival DVD is the only option (offering both PAL and NTSC) although the time differences compared to the German/French show a missing 5 minutes. Unusual but both the NTSC and PAL editions on the San Francisco Silent Film Festival DVD share the exact same time meaning that one was not prepared properly for its required video format . as the NTSC side is significantly hazier (greenish/brown tinge) I would guess that it is the culprit. Our meager suggestion is if you own the San Francisco Silent Film Festival DVD and own a PAL compatible player - watch the PAL version. It is quite possible that someone may have such a dire interest in this film that they may consider purchasing a Region-Free player to watch the superior version.

 -Gary W. Tooze

 



 

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