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( aka 'SciusciÓ' and 'Shoeshine' )

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Italy 1946

 

Directed by Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D), Shoeshine was filmed on location in postwar Rome using non-professional actors. It was inspired by the real stories of those struggling to overcome the oppressive forces of a corrupt and ineffective political system.

De Sica's film depicts the troubled lives of two young boys caught up in the chaos of a world plagued by poverty and unemployment. Giuseppe (Rinaldo Smordoni) and Pasquale (Franco Interlenghi) work on the street, where they shine the shoes of American troops. They dream of a better life, seeking solace in a horse that they ride to escape their harsh reality. When the boys are implicated in a petty crime, they are punished by the society that has robbed them of their innocence, resulting in tragic consequences.

Shoeshine is widely regarded as one of the finest films to have emerged from the Italian neorealist cinema. It was also the first foreign film to receive an Oscar. "The high quality of this motion picture," noted the Academy, "brought to eloquent life in a country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity."


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Theatrical Release: April 27th, 1946

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DVD Comparison:

Image Entertainment -  Region 1 - NTSC vs. Eureka - Region 0 - PAL vs. Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC

 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

DVD Box Cover

 

Pulled from etailors and shelves shortly after release

 

Distribution Image Entertainment Region 1 - NTSC Eureka Masters of Cinema # 33 Region 0 - PAL Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:06   1:27:27 (4% PAL speedup)  1:30:36  
Video 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:5.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.76 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.77 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes

Bitrate: Image

Bitrate: Eureka

Bitrate: Entertainment One

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)   Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)   Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 13

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Full length audio commentary by Bert Cardullo (author of Vittorio De Sica: Director, Actor, Screenwriter)
Through Children's Eyes - De Sica and Shoeshine - documentary with Manuel De Sica, Carlo Lizzani, Orio Caldiron, Italo Moscati, Franco Interlenghi
Ragazzi (The boys) - Parallel video interviews with Franco Interlenghi and Rinaldo Smordoni
• The neorealist cinema - interview with Giampiero Brunetta
• 24-page booklet featuring the writing of Vittorio De Sica, James Agee, Pauline Kael, and Bert Cardullo

DVD Release Date: September 25th, 2006
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Entertainment One

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Full length audio commentary by Bert Cardullo (author of Vittorio De Sica: Director, Actor, Screenwriter)

DVD Release Date: May 17th, 2011
Keep Case

Chapters: 16 

Comments: ADDITION: Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - May 11': So De Sica's Shoeshine finally returns to NTSC but unfortunately the Entertainment One transfer is interlaced. Now, this is not fatal but it does look weaker in-motion than the Masters of Cinema. Otherwise it has decent contrast - equivalent to the UK disc. It offers optional English subtitles and the same Bert Cardullo commentary and a trailer but nothing else on the dual-layered DVD. For those sensitive to PAL speed-up it still may be worth picking up for around $15.

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ADDITION: Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - Sept 06': The new Masters of Cinema release is light years ahead of the older/defunct Image Entertainment edition which is blown out, hazy, interlaced (rife with combing) and full of damage marks (mostly scratches and blemishes). Aside from some minor flickering contrast the new PAL edition is quite impressive - perhaps more so than the screen captures below will indicate. It is relatively clean and clear - the subtitles are also improved in appearance and translation. Audio - an obviously failing on the Image Entertainment DVD is improved to my ear. There is some movement in the frame with the Image disc looking cropped in the bottom and the MoC very marginally at the top.

The dual-layered Master of Cinema DVD has some excellent supplements - first an intelligent and detailed full-length commentary by Bert Cardullo (author of Vittorio De Sica: Director, Actor, Screenwriter). He exposes many subtle details in the filming process including framing, lighting and blocking that show the care in which that De Sica directed his films. There are also three featurettes - Through Children's Eyes - De Sica and Shoeshine - a 25 minute documentary with Manuel De Sica, Carlo Lizzani, Orio Caldiron, Italo Moscati and Franco Interlenghi giving input on De Sica and the film in question, Ragazzi (The boys) , a 21 minute featurette, with parallel video interviews with stars Franco Interlenghi and Rinaldo Smordoni and finallyan 8 minute short documentary entitles The neorealist cinema - mostly an interview with Giampiero Brunetta - a critic and cinematographic historian.

Overall this is one of the essentials of any film library for fans of Italian neo-realism. A masterpiece that Eureka, Masters of Cinema have brought to us in the best possible digital representation with valuable extra features that further enhance appreciation. This has our highest recommendation. 

 Gary W. Tooze


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1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

NOTE: The possible scene that caused the Image Entertainment version to be pulled from release...

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


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DVD Box Cover

 

Pulled from etailors and shelves shortly after release

 

Distribution Image Entertainment Region 1 - NTSC Eureka Masters of Cinema # 33 Region 0 - PAL Entertainment One - Region 0 - NTSC

 

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