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When I first turned on the DVD with this film, I was very tempted to
just turn it off--the print and especially the sound were that bad. In
fact, it's among the worst quality prints I've ever seen from Alpha
Video--and that's saying a lot because none of Alpha's DVDs appear to
have any restoration work on them and many are in horrible shape. The
sound on this one is simply appallingly bad and I sure hope someone
would one day restore the print. But, considering this isn't a
particularly good film, it's doubtful this will occur.
Aside from the novelty of seeing this story of a conniving woman set in
the modern day instead of the 19th century like it was in Thackeray's
novel as well as seeing Myrna Loy in one of her earliest starring
roles, there's not much to recommend this movie. While I did not
exactly love the famous 1935 version (entitled "Becky Sharp"--and it
was the first full-length full color movie), it was better than this
one. There are also newer versions that also work better than this
low-budget 1932 one. In fact, I really think they set the film in the
1930s because of the budget--as they didn't need the added expense of
costumes and wigs. This one, unfortunately, comes off as dated and
creaky--with poor acting and a cheapness about it. And, given the
horrendous quality of the print, it is not a film I could recommend.
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