Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

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Overview

Starting in the mid-'50s, the movie studios began using different widescreen processes along with Technicolor and exotic location shooting in order to lure viewers away from their television sets. The soapy but still highly effective Love Is a Many Splendored Thing was one of those 1950s blockbusters that quickly got butchered on TV with the pan-and-scan process that essentially cut out half the screen. Thankfully, this 20th Century Fox DVD returns the William Holden film to its original splendor. The widescreen ...
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Overview

Starting in the mid-'50s, the movie studios began using different widescreen processes along with Technicolor and exotic location shooting in order to lure viewers away from their television sets. The soapy but still highly effective Love Is a Many Splendored Thing was one of those 1950s blockbusters that quickly got butchered on TV with the pan-and-scan process that essentially cut out half the screen. Thankfully, this 20th Century Fox DVD returns the William Holden film to its original splendor. The widescreen transfer isn't in the superior anamorphic process but it's surprisingly good, showing off the film's Hong Kong locales beautifully and rarely pixilating the digitized images, and the original mono audio track has been converted to Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo to no negative effect. Included DVD extras are a digital photo gallery from the location shoot and a number of trailers for many of the biggest movies of the 1950s.
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Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio: 1.35:1]; English stereo; French stereo; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Still photo gallery; Subtitles: English; Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An immensely popular tearjerker, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing has dated very badly through the years, but it still holds great appeal for aficionados of good soap operas. As an over-the-top romantic melodrama, it's hard to beat, but those who are not prone to tearing up at the sight of a forlorn Jennifer Jones standing bravely and lonely atop a high, windy hill would be well advised to look elsewhere -- and quickly. Love makes no attempt to disguise its soapiness, and it wears its manipulative nature right out on its sleeve -- and that gets quite wearying after a while. Fortunately, Love has a couple of classic weeper performances from Jones and William Holden, both of whom knew just how to play this kind of material for maximum effectiveness. Even more fortunately, Love has all the gorgeous surface trappings -- beautiful sets and scenery, gorgeous costumes, sumptuous photography, a sweepingly romantic score -- that provide the real joy in films of this type. The title song is also still memorable, although nowadays it may evoke laughter more than passion and tears. Love is anything but a great film, but it's the kind of guilty pleasure that many find irresistible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • UPC: 024543000327
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,263

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Mark Elliott
Jennifer Jones Han Suyin
Torin Thatcher Mr. Palmer-Jones
Isobel Elsom Adeline Palmer-Jones
Virginia Gregg Ann Richards
Murray Matheson Dr. Tam
Candace Lee Oh-No
Richard Loo Robert Hung
Soo Yong Nora Hung
Philip Ahn Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright Suzanne
Donna Martell Suchen
Kam Tong Dr.Sen
James Hong 5th Brother
Marie Tsien Rosie Wu
Barbara Jean Wong Nurse
Kei Chung Interne
Edward Colmans Dining Room Captain
Ashley Cowan British Sailor
Lee Tung Foo Old Loo
Herbert Heyes Father Low
Joseph Kim Gen. Song
Marc Krah Wine Steward
Weaver Levy Soldier
Keye Luke Elder Brother
Beulah Quo Aunt
Leonard Strong Fortune Teller
Henry S. Quan Officer
Aen Ling Chow
Stella Lynn
Walter Soo Hoo 3rd Brother
Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Buddy Adler Producer
George W. Davis Production Designer
Sammy Fain Score Composer
Carl Faulkner Sound/Sound Designer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
John Patrick Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Production Designer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Jack Stubbs Production Designer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
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Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [1:30]
2. Hong Kong - 1949 [1:45]
3. Dr. Han [5:09]
4. Mark Elliot [4:56]
5. The Moon Festival [1:34]
6. Mrs. Palmer-Jones [5:30]
7. Convent Days [3:09]
8. Of Fish and Swimming [1:40]
9. A Sleeping Tiger [:45]
10. The Meeting Place [9:26]
11. Family Trouble [1:07]
12. A Proposal [5:17]
13. Love [5:04]
14. Denial [2:21]
15. In Macau [2:02]
16. A Little War [3:52]
17. Letters From Mark [5:06]
18. Words of Wisdom [1:09]
19. Chapter 1 [2:35]
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Menu

Main
Language Selection
   Menu Group #1 with 19 chapter(s) covering 01:41:51
Extra Features
   Theatrical Trailers
      Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
      An Affair to Remember
      How Green Was My Valley
      Gentlemen's Agreement
      All About Eve
   Photo Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Movie of All...

    This is a once in a lifetime movie! It is truly the best movie that I have ever seen. If you are looking for a great love movie- this is by far best!! !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful film not presented well on DVD

    This motion picture was shot in CinemaScope, which is best seen in the letterbox format when presented on television. The new DVD offereing is in the widescreen process. The vertical allows for a fuller picture top and bottom. but at the same time causes that flaw of distortion in the anamorphic process that shows people and things to appear scrunched up, too slim, when the picture is not allowed to be expanded to it's proper 2x1 width. Disappointing, but still worth having. 20th Century-Fox has many CinemaScope films still unreleased to DVD. It would be wonderful to see them released

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    Posted February 10, 2010

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