Henry King's 1955 epic romance, set in late 1940s Hong Kong, is a perennial favorite of the genre.
Using Fox's earlier magnetic only prints for distribution, it has been prepared by Fox for Twilight Time, in its proper 2.55:1 aspect ratio.
Films shot on 5248 are the most notorious for dye fade, with the problem reaching its most problematic in 1960. Generally, the earlier the better.
Produced beginning in late 1954 - early 1955, and released in mid-August of 1955, LiAM-ST seems to have received a bit of a reprieve from the emulsion gods, along I presume, with a large portion of help from the Fox asset protection staff.
What I'm seeing looks very original on Blu-ray, with accurate color, nicely rendered grain, black levels and shadow detail. Just a beautiful digital version of the film.
Audio, heard on the Blu in DTS-HD MA is 5.1, presumably based upon an original 4.0.
As an aside, rumor has it, that Mr. Holden and Ms Jones got along so poorly on the shoot, that she would feast on raw galic cloves just before they were have a love scene.
Image - 5
Audio - 5