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Directed by Frank Capra
USA 1933

Deliciously romantic melodrama - and unknown Capra territory - which has the great (and underrated) Stanwyck as Megan Davis, an American missionary who comes to wartorn Shanghai in the 30s and is kidnapped by a Chinese warlord. Coming across as a kind of raw, emotional The King and I (but without the whistling of happy tunes, thankfully), the film's narrative dips in and out of Stanwyck's strange dreams, where she is both attracted and repelled by the sophisticated General (Asther). A heady and sensual cocktail of drama and emotion and, in pre-Hollywood morality code times, a goodly amount of sexual tension.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: January 3rd, 1933

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DVD Review: Universal - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:23:42 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.7 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Part of the Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset which includes Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve, All I Desire, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Golden Boy and The Miracle Woman and a large 12 page booklet on Barbara Stanwyck 

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2005

Keep Case (see image above for Boxset packaging)
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

Firstly - a fascinating film that really captivated me. I am very high on this whole boxset - marvelous individual films in their own right. I found this transfer very acceptable considering the age of the film. There is perhaps a smattering of contrast boosting in some scenes but overall it is untouched. Lots of film grain is noticeable and Stanwyck glows onscreen looking as radiantly sexual as she ever has. The optional subtitles are quite poorly done on a black background overlapping the screen - but they are clearly visible and accurate to the dialogue. This is prime Pre-Code territory and a fabulously exotic and sensual film.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Presently only available in the Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset  which includes Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve, All I Desire, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Golden Boy and The Miracle Woman.

 

CLICK TO ENLARGE

Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 2 - PAL

 





 

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