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Bob Furem

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A Countess From Hong Kong

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 3:28 pm

For years, I have coveted a DVD of the 120 minute original version of ACFHK. Please, no snarky queries asking why. I happen to like this film. Today, I found such a DVD on Amazon UK released by Universal, as opposed to the 108 minute version I own. However, I am suspicious. Can anyone verify that this is truly the 120 minute version. Thanks.
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Re: A Countess From Hong Kong

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 5:20 pm

Bob Furem wrote:For years, I have coveted a DVD of the 120 minute original version of ACFHK. Please, no snarky queries asking why. I happen to like this film. Today, I found such a DVD on Amazon UK released by Universal, as opposed to the 108 minute version I own. However, I am suspicious. Can anyone verify that this is truly the 120 minute version. Thanks.



Interesting that you mentioned this movie. I'm reading Tippi Hedren's autobiography and I'd forgotten she was in COUNTESS. I haven't seen it in ages...I would like to get my hands on the 120 minute version myself.
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Re: A Countess From Hong Kong

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 6:59 pm

I can find no verification that this DVD is 120 minutes. Moreover, it appears to be in 4x3, so I hold out little hope it is the complete version. As I recall, ACFHK premiered at 120 minutes, was cut by six minutes for European release, and another six minutes for U.S. release. This is the only version I know. Loren is quite fond of it and I think it is nowhere near the utter disaster most claim it to be. It has its charms...and flaws.
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Re: A Countess From Hong Kong

PostTue Apr 11, 2017 1:45 am

If you buy the film and time it (taking into account TV speed) then find it lacking, there is cause for redress. Must admit I didn't know it had been cut. And maybe have a look at the other releases from the company in case they're making claims for other films...
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Re: A Countess From Hong Kong

PostTue Apr 11, 2017 3:55 pm

http://ffilms.org/a-countess-from-hong-kong-1967/" target="_blank

The film is online for free viewing anytime at the above link. Running time is shown as 1:47:59.
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Re: A Countess From Hong Kong

PostFri May 26, 2017 4:58 pm

I watched this film recently, and seriously contemplated the production in much the same way as one would contemplate an ice cream cone melting on a summer day. Charlie Chaplin, so wonderfully inventive, misfired with this one. Throughout the unreeling, I had a haunting feeling that it would have been better if he had played the role given to Marlon Brando. I suspect that Chaplin would have come up with all manner of comic inventiveness had he envisioned himself as the central character. The overall presentation had much going for it with the memorable "My Song" laced throughout the score, beautiful color photography, and Sophia Loren. As-is, the film closely resembles other films of that same type released that same decade, such as Goodbye, Charlie, That Touch of Mink, Paris When It Sizzles. Had Chaplin not been associated with it, no one would have thought it any worse than those other 1960s romantic comedies, yet he was at the helm, and we can't help but wish that there had been more to it.
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