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Romance of the
Western Chamber

(1927)

 

This routine romance is quite fascinating on its own as a document of the traditional dress and architecture of China.

Cinema Epoch
2007 DVD edition

Romance of the Western Chamber (1927), black & white, 45 minutes, not rated.

Cinema Epoch, no catalog number, UPC 8-91514-00116-0.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, French language intertitles, permanent Chinese and English language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.98.
DVD release date: 13 March 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of this silent era Chinese romance has been transferred from a contrasty and soft-focused 16mm source print, which is moderately speckled and dusty, with processing imperfections and a little emulsion damage. It seems a pity that a better source print was not utilized for the transfer as the costumes and architecture in the film deserves a higher-quality picture.

The film is accompanied by an original music score composed and performed on synthesizers by Toshiyuki Hiraoka.

The edition’s packaging can be misleading as the artwork quality easily surpasses the visual quality of the source print.

 
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