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Robert Lomax (William Holden) has dreams of being an artist and heads to Hong Kong to fulfill his dream. When he arrives, he ends up staying at a cheap hotel - which is used primarily for something Lomax has no intenions in. But on a boat ride he has a (non-sexual) encounter with Suzie Wong (Nancy Kwan) - a young and beautiful prostitute. As the two begin a complex relationship, Robert must realize what Suzie's occupation entails - even if there are hopes that true love conquers all.
Fun Fact: The late William Holden is probably best remembered for his performances in "Stalag 17" (for which he won the Best Actor Oscar), "Sunset Blvd." and "Network."
Presemted in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, "The World Of Suzie Wong" looks quite good for a over that's nearly forty-five years old. The transfer has no edge enhancement and a minimal amount of noise and edge halos. Fleshtones are very good, and color saturation holds up very well - especially with the film's vibrant look. The print for the transfer is pretty clean with only a few blemishes and specks here and there, while the image quality is pretty sharp. It's a bit grainy at times, but it's all still very nice overall.
There's not much to say about the English Dolby Digital Mono track - it's very straightforward and sounds quite crisp. The music comes in nicely as do the sound effects, and the dialogue is very easy to hear and sounds more than clear.
Catalog title from Paramount = nothing.
A decent transfer and perfectly fine mono track, fans of the movie should have no qualms in picking up this release.
Retail Price: $14.99
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital Mono, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)
Released: June 29th, 2004
Running Time: 126 minutes
Starring: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding
Screenplay by: John Patrick
Directed by: Richard Quine