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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom' or 'Salo ou les 120 journées de Sodome')

directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy 1975

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s notorious final film, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . it’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s 18th-century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.

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Set in the Nazi-controlled, northern Italian state of Salo in 1944, four dignitaries round up sixteen perfect specimens of youth and take them together with guards, servants and studs to a palace near Marzabotto. In addition, there are four middle-aged women: three of whom recount arousing stories whilst the fourth accompanies on the piano. The story is largely taken up with their recounting the stories of Dante and De Sade: the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood. Following this, the youths are executed whilst each libertine takes his turn as voyeur.


Posters

Theatrical Release: November 25th, 1975 - Paris, France

Reviews                                                  More Reviews                                   DVD Reviews

 

Comparison:

Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. BFI - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. BFI (2008) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. BFI (2019 2-disc) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

BFI Screen captures courtesy of Ashirg and Vincent Bouche of DVD Compare for the Gaumont screen captures

and Chris (CDNChris of Criterion Forum) for the Criterion REISSUE Caps!

1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP LEFT

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP CENTER

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - TOP RIGHT

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM LEFT

5) BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM SECOND

6) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM THIRD

6) BFI (2019) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM RIGHT

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

  
 

Distribution
GCTHV (Gaumont Columbia Tristar Home Video)
Region 2 (France)
Criterion Collection - Spine #17
Region 1 - NTSC 
BFI Video Publishing Catalogue No: BFIVD510
Region 2 

  

Criterion Collection - Spine #17 (REISSUE)
Region 1 - NTSC
BFI Video (2008) 
Region 'B'
Blu-ray 
Criterion Collection - Spine # 17 
Region 'A'
Blu-ray 
BFI Video (2019) 
Region 'B'
Blu-ray 
Distribution
GCTHV (Gaumont Columbia Tristar Home Video)
Region 2 (France)
Criterion Spine #17
Region 1 - NTSC 
BFI Video Publishing Catalogue No: BFIVD510
Region 2 
Criterion Collection - Spine #17 (REISSUE)
Region 1 - NTSC
BFI Video (2008) 
Region B
Blu-ray 
Criterion Collection - Spine # 17 
Region 'A'
Blu-ray
BFI Video (2019) 
Region 'B'
Blu-ray 
Runtime1:51:32 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:56:24 1:51:46 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:56:32 1:56:38 1:56:43.413 1:56:58.344
Video
1.66 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate : 6.14 Mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.85:1  Widecreen
Average Bitrate: 4.56 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s
1.85:1  Widecreen
Average Bitrate: 4.76 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.85:1  Widecreen 16X9
Average Bitrate: 8.34 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s
Feature 20.5 Gig

Catalog - BFIB1001, 1080P Single-layered, Region B Blu-ray

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,796,360,140 bytes

Feature: 26,199,060,480 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,796,360,140 bytes

Feature: 34,680,702,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.03 Mbps

Audio
- Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (Mono)
- French Dolby Digital 1.0 (Mono)
- Movie was shot in Italian but French dub was considered by Pasolini as the "official" version.
Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0)

Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0)  

Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0), English DUB (Dolby Digital 1.0) Italian PCM mono, English DUB (Dolby Digital 1.0)

LPCM Audio Italian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
DUB:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1095 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1095 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1092 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1092 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -31dB

SubtitlesFrench or none English or none English (burnt in) English or none English or none English or none English or none
Features
Release Information:
Studio: GCTHV
Production Company : Carlotta Films
 
 
Aspect Ratio :
Widescreen letterbox - 1.66:1

Discographic information :
 
- DVD encoding : region 2
- Layers : dual
- Available Audio Tracks: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0) and French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
- Available subtitles : French and none
- Limited numbered collector's edition (only 50 000 ex.)
 
In the box, you find a huge booklet (about 50 pages) with photos and many notes about the film (in French)
 
Extras :
- "Salo d'hier à aujourd'hui", documentary (31:55) (Italian with French subtitles and French)
- "Enfants de Salo", documentary (18:28) (French)
- Image gallery
- Original theatrical trailer (Italian with French subtitles)
 

DVD release date : October 22, 2002

Amaray Case
Chapters : 9
Release Information:
Studio: Criterion
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1


Extras :

There is an inset by John Powers that briefly covers the controversy behind Pasolini and his final film. It was quite informative and gives valued insight into the film.

DVD Release Date: August 11, 1998
Keep Case
Chapters: 29


Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video Publishing
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Extras :

There is an inset by John Powers (same as Criterion)

Pasolini’s own introduction to his film, is presented both as on-screen text and read aloud by the actor Nickolas Grace. It does a very good job of explaining in broad brushstroke terms what Pasolini was attempting.

A brief biography of Pasolini, a couple of poster images and the news that three more Pasolini DVDs are coming out in summer 2001. The only other extra is a link to the BFI website and their collection of Salò-related papers, Click Here to access.

DVD Release Date: April 2, 2001
Unique Cardboard Box Case
Chapters: 9
 

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• "Salò": Yesterday and Today, a 33-minute documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Nineto Davoli
• Fade to Black, a 23-minute documentary featuring directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs
• The End of "Salò", a 40-minute documentary about the film’s production
• New interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• Theatrical trailer
• 80-page liner notes booklet featuring new essays by Neil Bartlett, Catherine Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 2008
Keep Case
Chapters: 2
4

Release Information:
Studio:
BFI Video

 

Feature 20.5 Gig

Catalog - BFIB1001, 1080P Single-layered, Region B Blu-ray

 

DISC ONE (DVD & Blu-ray)

·          Fully Complete & Uncut, telecined from original Italian restoration negatives

   

·          BD: 1.856:1 (1080p, 24fps) / BD25 / PCM mono

·          Original Italian language version (with optional English subtitles)

·          Original English language version (with optional HoH subtitles)

·          Original Italian trailer (with optional English subtitles)

·          Coil - Ostia (the Death of Pasolini) The original 1987 track from Coil's celebrated second album, Horse Rotorvator, with a newly created video accompaniment, shot especially for this release, by Peter Christopherson.

 

DISC TWO (Standard Def PAL DVD Disc, to be included in both DVD & BD editions)

·          On set footage and interviews (1974, 25m) – newly created documentary using full colour footage shot in 1974 by acclaimed film journalist and Pasolini expert Gideon Bachmann.

·          Featurettes: Open Your Eyes and Walking With Pasolini

·          Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (1981, 58m) Philo Bregstein's classic documentary on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

·          Fade to Black (2001, 25m) – documentary with Mark Kermode exploring the ongoing relevance and power of Pasolini's controversial masterpiece, with Bernardo Bertolucci and other leading directors.

·          Ostia (1991, 25m, with optional director commentary track) – Julian Cole's short film about the last days of Pasolini, starring Derek Jarman.

 

Fully illustrated booklet

·          Newly commissioned essay by Sam Rohdie (Italian film scholar and author on Pasolini)

·          Sight & Sound article by Gideon Bachmann incorporating his on-set diary

·          1979 review of the film by Gilbert Adair

·          James Ferman letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions

·          Cast and credits for the film

·          Pasolini biography by Italian film specialist Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

·          Photographs of Pasolini at work on set

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,796,360,140 bytes

Feature: 26,199,060,480 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• "Salò": Yesterday and Today, a 33-minute documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Nineto Davoli
• Fade to Black, a 23-minute documentary featuring directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs
• The End of "Salò", a 40-minute documentary about the film’s production
• New interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• Theatrical trailer
• 80-page liner notes booklet featuring new essays by Neil Bartlett, Catherine Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary

Blu-ray Release Date: O
ctober 4th, 2011
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 2
3
 

Release Information:
Studio: BFI
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,796,360,140 bytes

Feature: 34,680,702,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.03 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Newly recorded audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author, film critic, columnist and editor-in-chief for Diabolique magazine
• The End of Salò (2008): actors Antinisca Nemour and Paolo Bonacelli, screenwriter Pupi Avati, production designer Dante Ferretti, assistant director Fiorella Infascelli, assistant editor Ugo Maria De Rossi and others, discuss the film's production history and Pasolini's legacy and tragic death (41:32)
• OSTIA (The Death of Pasolini) by Coil - the band's 1986 track with video accompaniment from 2008 (6:53)
• Original Italian trailer (04:07)
• Open Your Eyes! (2008): Pasolini and his actors at work on the set of Salò (21:24)
• Walking with Pasolini (2008): documentary featuring Neil Bartlett, David Forgacs, Noam Chomsky and Craig Lapper (22:06)
• Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (1981): the classic documentary on the life and death of Pasolini (1:00:41)
• Fade to Black (2001): documentary exploring the ongoing relevance and power of Pasolini's masterpiece (24:26)
• Ostia (1987): a short film about Pasolini starring Derek Jarman with optional director's commentary (26:46)
• Enfants de Salò (2009): French filmmakers including Gasper Noé (Irreversible)  deconstruct Salò (19:15)
***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** booklet with introduction by Sam Rohdie, reviews, BBFC correspondence exploring the film's troubled history, stills and on-set photographs

Blu-ray Release Date: September 30th, 2019
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters:14

 

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

Bitrate:  Criterion (REISSUE)

Bitrate:  Gaumont

 

 

Bitrate:

Criterion

Bitrate:

BFI

Bitrate:

BFI (2008) Blu-ray

NO BITRATE FOR 2008 BFI BLU-RAY YET

Bitrate:

Criterion Collection - Spine # 17 
Region 'A'
Blu-ray

Bitrate:

BFI (2019) 
Region 'B'
Blu-ray

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - September 2019': BFI are re-issuing their Blu-ray of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom with a new (2019) transfer and a 2-disc set. The feature starts with the MGM logo. This is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and a second dual-layered disc with supplements. It compares better to the 2011 Criterion 1080P than BFI's own imperfect 2008 Blu-ray package where the visuals were fraught with digitization issues and a green overcast. The BFI transfer is minutely superior to the Criterion HD with a much high bitrate and colors look tighter in-motion - warmer skin tones - with a smooth, seamless, appearance. BFI have added a new commentary to the feature disc. There is also a trailer on the first BD and all the other extras are on the second Blu-ray.

NOTE: The 2019 BFI Blu-ray includes short 25-second sequence during the first wedding ceremony (around 42-minutes), where one of the masters quotes a poem by Gottfried Benn. It is missing from the Criterion and Gaumont discs.

BFI include both Italian-language and English-language versions in DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono tracks (both 24-bit) and this may be seen as another minor advancement over the Criterion, although the original Italian is equally robust, Criterion transferred the DUB in a lossy track. The BFI is Region 'B'-locked. All Blu-rays have optional English subtitles.

For supplements, Kat Ellinger gives another 'must-listen' commentary initially describing Salo as a 'wonderfully profane delight' discussing how it is one of the most misunderstood films of its era, the intentionally formless characters, the unassuming opening music, how it was shot in Technicolor - although Pasolini wanted black and white, the circles Dante's Inferno, De Sade, Nazispolitation, is Salo really a horror film? and much more. It is, again, at her high level of analysis - as stated the feature Blu-ray also offers a trailer.

The second Blu-ray has many of the older supplements as seen previously on various packages. From 2008 is the 41-minute The End of Salò where actors Antinisca Nemour and Paolo Bonacelli, screenwriter Pupi Avati, production designer Dante Ferretti, assistant director Fiorella Infascelli, assistant editor Ugo Maria De Rossi and others, discuss the film's production history and Pasolini's legacy and tragic death. OSTIA (The Death of Pasolini) runs 7-minutes is by Coil - the band's 1986 track with video accompaniment from 2008. Open Your Eyes! is also from 2008 and shows Pasolini and his actors at work on the set of Salò for over 20-minutes. Walking with Pasolini is a 2008 documentary featuring Neil Bartlett, David Forgacs, Noam Chomsky and Craig Lapper giving input for 22-minutes. Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die is a classic 1981 documentary on the life and death of Pasolini by Philo Bregstein - it has Pier Paolo Pasolini, writer Alberto Moravia, Laura Betti, Bernardo Bertolucci and runs just over 1-hour in Italian and some French with English subtitles. Fade to Black is a 2001 documentary by Nigel Algar exploring the ongoing relevance and power of Pasolini's masterpiece narrated by Mark Kermode. It runs short of 25-minutes. Ostia (1987) is a short, 26-minute film, by Julian Cole about Pasolini starring Derek Jarman with an optional director's commentary. It runs 27-minutes. Enfants de Salò has four French filmmakers including Gasper Noé, Claire Denis, Catherine Breillat and Bertrand Bonello deconstruct Salò. It runs 20-minutes and is from 2009. The package, for first pressing purchasers, has a booklet with introduction by Sam Rohdie, reviews, BBFC correspondence exploring the film's troubled history, stills and on-set photographs.

Nice to see BFI, 'correct' and vastly improve upon their initial Blu-ray release. As it stands this 2019 double-disc Blu-ray BFI set is the definitive. I wouldn't be, at all, surprised to see it go out-of-print relatively quickly. The Kat Ellinger commentary alone would be worth the upgrade but the most robust video transfer, the addition of the lossless DUB, and couple of new extras beyond the previous BFI Blu-ray, the limited edition booklet etc. - make this essential for cinephiles. This is the one to own...    

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ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - September 2011: This comparison need not be as confusing as we have made it. We have relied on our initial reference review(s) from well over a decade ago. As opposed to redoing the captures to match our current standards - I ended up selling my original Criterion DVD for some un-Godly amount of money many years ago - so it was not possible. To quote a ginormous understatement - the film always left a sour taste in my mouth <pun intended) and I only revisit to perpetuate this comparison page. I'll make some quick comments - and perhaps we can move on:

1) Yes, the Criterion Blu-ray shows edge-enhancement (just like the BFI - although less prominent). It was probably on the reissue DVD but the 1080 resolution makes it easier to identify. I suspect that it is on D1 master - no fault of the disc transfers.

2) the dual-layered Criterion image seems to me to have more balanced colors. The BFI varies from overly pale to occasionally reddish.

3) There is movement in the frame but I think the BFI shows more information in the right and bottom edges.

4) The BFI frequently looks green - but have no idea of how authentic this is to theatrical.

5) Audio seems a wash with both having the PCM - exporting mono, but I honestly didn't do any testing. Ditto for both of the English DUBs.

6) The Criterion Blu-ray is still without the 25-second sequence at roughly 42-minutes into the film during the first wedding ceremony, where one of the masters quotes a poem by Gottfried Benn.  

Both Blu-ray editions have extensive supplements - both have 'The End of Salo' documentary and other, different extras. The BFI have most on a second disc PAL DVD where Criterion house the same ones as found on the Reissue DVD but now all on the lone dual-layered Blu-ray disc - in HD.

With both editions being region-locked, I suspect the number of fans capable of 'choosing' for their home theater presentation is at the low end. Making a more black-and-white judgment than usual - I'd take the Criterion Blu-ray for image, the BFI for the extras - and for those in need of the missing 25-seconds - the BFI is there for your option.

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BFI RELEASE IS DEFINITELY REGION 'B" ONLY! BFI - Blu-ray - Region NOTE: I HAVE RECEIVED A CHECKDISC Blu-ray SCREENER FROM BFI - IT IS DEFINITELY REGION FREE ALTHOUGH WE'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THE FINAL Blu-ray RELEASE WILL BE REGION 'B' ONLY. THIS IS CONTRARY TO OUR INITIAL INFORMATION BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL BE CODED FOR THAT Blu-ray REGION ONLY! (Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe - except Russia and Kazakhstan - Oceania and their dependencies.)

I was only sent the first disc - hence, this is all I can review at this point. The full listing of disc two is above. Detail on the single-layered BFI  Blu-ray is as good as we expected. It towers above the new Criterion in that regard. It looks quite stunning although I did detect some edge enhancement (see below) in certain outdoor scenes. There is still some noise but I also see grain. The big difference is in the color scheme. Directly beside the Criterion - that edition look to have been boosted with the BFI showing a much softer palette. I prefer this more subdued look, which I suspect is more accurate, but I'd like to do some further analysis this weekend perhaps simultaneous viewings toggling back and forth between the 2 transfers. I'm sure I'll get abundant advice on which is more 'true' in email.

The BFI Blu-ray has the missing scene (see capture #6 - 25-second sequence during the first wedding ceremony, where one of the masters quotes a poem by Gottfried Benn) and the UK Blu-ray has an immediate option for the English credit sequence (as well as that DUB).

Extras include the 6:54 Death of Pasolini featurette that some may find as bewildering as the man himself. This is presented in HD - 1080P resolution. There is also an Italian trailer in HD (4:09).

I will post more as soon as I have some of that rare commodity; time.

Gary Tooze

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ADDITION - Criterion (REISSUE): Big thanks to CDNChris of Criterion Forum for extensive effort he went to for the, PC-obtained, screen grabs.

NOTE: Our original comparison was done many years ago but the new captures were obtained utilizing the exact same method. It appears as though the Criterion has, both, the most detail and more information in the frame (side edges) - even more so than the BFI. It is cleaner and smoother - damage removed but is still missing the short 25-second sequence at 0:42:24 (see below) during the first wedding ceremony, where one of the masters quotes a poem by Gottfried Benn. The sequence is intact on the Region 2 BFI DVD.

The Criterion seem to have used the 'Alchemist' method of transfer - with brief interlacing between chapter stops - as noted in the screen grab below.

An optional English DUB is offered as well as extensive extras. We will comment further once we have it in our possession but the Criterion easily appears to be the definitive edition at present.

Gary Tooze

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ON THE ORIGINAL CRITERION, Gaumont and BFI: the (old) Criterion and Gaumont have been slightly cropped on both vertical sides (see captures # 1-5) and the Criterion has deleted a scene (25-second sequence during the first wedding ceremony - see capture # 6). the Criterion shows more edge enhancement and the color is strangely yellow/greenish compared to the BFI version. The Gaumont is miles ahead of both of these version in image clarity and color adherence although looks slightly vertically stretched - see the titles below!. The BFI subtitles are clear. BFI DVD image shows the most damage (see 'black hole' in capture # 3) and occasional fluctuations in brightness. The Criterion image is sharper than the BFI which appears soft at times especially noticeable for a film with many medium to long shots. The BFI and Gaumont have just nine chapter stops, which are timed to coincide with Pasolini’s own chapter divisions. The Criterion has 29 chapters accessible in a nice DVD menu. The Criterion sub-titles are removable but not as clear as the BFI ones which are burnt in. The Gaumont only has French subtitles.



Criterion (REISSUE DVD) Package:

 

 

BFI Extras

 

 

DVD Menus

Criterion (REISSUE)

 


 

(Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. BFI - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 

Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

BFI (2019) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray One

 

 

BFI (2019) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Two

 


Edge enhancement HALO on the 2008 BFI Blu-ray

Title

1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) BFI (2008 Blu-ray) - Region 'B' title - English opening credits 1 (3:15)  - FIFTH

6) BFI (Blu-ray) - Region 'B' title - Italian opening credits 2 (3:15) - SIXTH

7) BFI (2019 Blu-ray) - Region 'B' title -  Italian opening credits 1 (3:15)  - BOTTOM

 

 

Criterion REISSUE DVD appears to have utilized 'alchemist' transfer method with combing between chapter stops!

 

 


Screen Captures

 

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1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) BFI (2008) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - FIFTH

6) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) BFI (2019) - Region 'B' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) BFI (2008) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - FIFTH

6) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) BFI (2019) - Region 'B' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) BFI (2008) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - FIFTH

6) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) BFI (2019) - Region 'B' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) BFI (2008) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - FIFTH

6) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) BFI (2019) - Region 'B' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Print damage Frame ( 0:05:56 ) - restored on Gaumont, Criterion and BFI Blu-ray

 

1) Gaumont Columbia Tristar - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) BFI (2008) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - FIFTH

6) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) BFI (2019) - Region 'B' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Capture # 6

Scene at around 42 minutes (below) is missing from the Criterion and Gaumont discs.
IMDB - The Criterion and Gaumont DVD omit a short 25-second sequence during the 
first wedding ceremony, where one of the masters quotes a poem by 
Gottfried Benn. The sequence is intact on the Region 2 BFI DVD
(BOTTOM) and the BFI Blu-rays (TOP and BOTTOM).

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

BFI (2019) Blu-ray

Sound:

BFI (2019) Blu-ray (for lossless DUB)

Extras:

BFI (2019) Blu-ray (commentary etc.)

 

  

Criterion Collection - Spine #17 (REISSUE)
Region 1 - NTSC
BFI Video 
Region 'B'
Blu-ray 
Criterion Collection - Spine # 17 
Region 'A'
Blu-ray 
BFI Video (2019) 
Region 'B'
Blu-ray 

 



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