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China Girl [Blu-ray]
Paul Aratow (as Paolo Uccello), 1975
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Summer Brown Productions
Video: Vinegar Syndrome
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,448,815,920 bytes
Feature Size: 23,646,213,504 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.47 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: March, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1084 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1084 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
• Extensive audio interview with lead actress Annette Haven
• Original theatrical trailer (2:16)
• Reversible cover artwork
Description: The incredible Annette Haven stars as renowned
biochemist, Teresa Hardgrave. Assigned to work with top
government agent, David Chase (Tom Douglass), to infiltrate
a sinister organization determined to rule the world through
sexual dominance, Teresa soon finds herself kidnapped and
held in in the clutches of evil mastermind, Madame Woo and
her vicious boss, Y.C. Chan (James Hong) who doses her with
‘love serum’ and forces her to undergo a series of
excruciating erotic punishments. Will David be able to save
her before the serum drives her to the brink of sexual
1975’s CHINA GIRL is proof that Mr. Hong really has appeared in
every type of movie as this is actually a hardcore, XXX-rated porn film.
If you know anything about the actual history of adult films, though,
you’ll know that the mid-seventies was the era when raincoat porn mixed
with genuinely artistic and well-made low budget independent films that
just happened to have explicit sex in them.
Well China Girl is one of those rare films that truly does work "both ways" so to speak. In one sense, it is a sex filled hardcore romp and on the other hand, a rather mild B-movie style spy yarn.
Featuring the beautiful Annette Haven in her first major starring role,
China Girl revolves around a silly storyline of a secret government
science project to create a drug which makes people have to tell
everything they know about some prompted topic, sort of like truth
serum, I guess. Sound confusing? To be honest, the exact purpose of this
drug is never made clear so forgive me. Anyway, Annette of course is one
of the scientists developing this drug and of course there is an evil
James Bond style agency trying to steal the formula (which, like in all
James Bond style films seems to be located on a huge estate, in the
country it wishes to destroy and the government of this country is still
powerless to destroy it ;). All is fine until the other scientists star
getting kidnapped by this sinister organization, named Dragon.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
China Girl comes to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. This odd hardcore/crime-drama hybrid starring the notable James Hong is "Scanned and restored in 2k from 16mm original camera negative". A few things - I believe it was originally 1.37:1 and in the 1.85:1 there are plenty of chopped heads - composition doesn't look appropriate - if anyone cares. From 16mm we see plenty of grain and modest detail. Colors have depth. It looks fairly consistent with little damage. This Blu-ray image probably a notch superior to what I though but, obviously, doesn't have the more beneficial visual qualities of 35mm.
NOTE: I have not included captures of any of the film's hardcore sex scenes.
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The film's audio is transferred in a DTS-HD Master mono track at 1084 kbps (24-bit). It suffers from the original production with low quality for the dialogue. There is a score credited to Hadley Caliman. I found it quite annoying and occasionally scratchy. There are no subtitle options and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Vinegar Syndrome include a lengthy audio interview with lead actress Annette Haven and she discusses her entry into porn, abuses and other details of her career. She comes across as very intelligent. I was impressed. There is also an original theatrical trailer - a pretty decent one too - and the package has a reversible cover artwork of the film's white poster. There is a second disc DVD included.
March 18th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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