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For die-hard fans or the very curious,
This review is from: Chu Chin Chow (DVD)
For those of you out there who adore Anna May Wong (and there seem to be quite a few), or have an interest in early 20th century British musicals (!?), this should be a fun way to spend a couple of hours. I'm neither, however, so I found it pretty tough going. Neither the material nor the acting is particularly distinguished, and the "direction" is non-existent. (This is one of those films that looks almost entirely made up of first takes.) It may be a bit harsh to judge "Chu Chin Chow" by today's standards, but this WAS the era of Astaire & Rodgers, the Broadway Melody films and countless other wonderful movie musicals. Perhaps the British film industry was less interested in financing this type of thing. There seems to be some discrepancy amongst reviewers as to the quality of the DVD transfer. I'm on the side of pretty awful. I'm not sure why any distributor would go to the trouble of issuing a deluxe 3-disc (!) set of an obscure film curiosity without doing a better job of cleaning it up. And the soundtrack is hopelessly compromised, particularly during songs, the lyrics of which fly by unintelligably. (Subtitles would have helped a lot, but sadly they don't exist.) All in all "Chu Chin Cow is a must see...but only if you must.