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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing [Blu-ray] [Import]
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This love story made in 1955 and set against the backdrop of war is a many-splendored thing: it features a drop-dead gorgeous Eurasian doctor seeking meaning in her life (Jennifer Jones), a dashing but married American war correspondent who's macho yet not afraid to declare his love (William Holden), and a couple of murky subplots to give their relationship its oh-what's-going-to-happen-next edge (her Chinese heritage, his wife, the outbreak of the Korean War). One scene builds beautifully upon the next, accompanied by dialogue that often sounds like poetry: "I will make no mistakes in the name of loneliness," the doctor says near the beginning of their relationship. The movie also makes few mistakes as it combines thoughtful words with Oscar-winning costumes to tell its tale. It even leaves you with a hummable tune--the Academy Award-winning title song--as you reach for the Kleenex. --Valerie J. Nelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Aside from its anamorphic enhancements, this new transfer doesn't make any quantum leaps forward in image quality. The initial print was remarkably smooth looking, save a few instances where film grain is a bit excessive. Edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering details are kept to a bare minimum. Colors are very rich, vibrant and, for the most part, accurate, only occasionally giving way to orangy flesh tones. Pixelization is a problem from time to time. The audio is the same 4.0 as the previous disc - occasionally strident, but on the whole very well spread across all of the speakers.
As already stated, this disc includes a Biography special on William Holden that is remarkably comprehensive, considering its running time plays at under an hour. Image quality varies, according to the elements of film stock from the various movie clips used. There's also a theatrical trailer - badly dated, and a Movietones news reel of the film's premiere.
BOTTOM LINE: NICELY DONE FROM FOX THIS TIME AROUND.Read more ›
Twentieth Century Fox assigned the most prolific director in the history of the studio, the talented Henry King, to the project, and he delivered with highly favorable results, keeping the story moving at the right pace while utilizing the magnificent scenery of Hong Kong. While the film is classifiable as a love story, an interesting aspect involves the adjustment problems encountered by Jones as a Eurasian, trying to blend into a sociological picture where Chinese and largely British elements fraternized with their own, with individuals falling into both the Oriental and European categories, such as the case here, being frequenty shunned by both groups.
While the film ends on the sad note of Holden's death while covering the Korean War, Jones' strength is displayed as she remembers the man she loved while vowing to endure. Jones accordingly generates admiration for her survivor status as well as her capacity to love correctly.
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An all time favorite movie of mine..glad to have it on DVD as my video cassettes are wearing downPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Intelligent and realistic love stories are what movies should be about. Love is a many splendid thing would never lose its freshness and innocence, the ingredient that makes love -... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Austin
would have liked the moving to be wide angle.
bars on top and beneath the screen.
I can live with it.
An all time favourite. Romance at it's best. How can you not fall in love with Jennifer Jones and William Holden,Published on Jan. 18 2014 by Nancy Montgomery
I really loved this movie when I bought it in VHS, so I Just had to have it in DVD!!!Published on Dec 25 2013 by Sandra Wallace