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(aka "Paysanne aux pieds nus" or "Two Women" )

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Italy 1960

American cinema never learned how to exploit Loren's voluptuously earthy appeal, as revealed here in her Oscar-winning performance - the only actress to win this award for a foreign-language film. The performance and the powerful narrative made the film one of the few foreign pictures to enjoy real success in the USA. It told the story, set in Italy in 1943, of a widowed mother and her teenage daughter surviving enemy attack, deprivation and rape by Allied Moroccan soldiers. The film is actually a rather old-fashioned melodramatic star vehicle, meant originally for Magnani as Loren's mother, but Magnani flatly refused.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release Date: December 22nd, 1960 - Italy

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DVD Comparison:

Koch Vision - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Medusa - Region 2 - PAL

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Koch

Region 0  - NTSC

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Region  - PAL
Runtime 1:39:09 1:37:20
Video

1.33:1 Cropped
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.89
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Koch

 

Bitrate:

Medusa

 

Audio DUB English (Mono)

Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0)

Subtitles None Italian and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Koch Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Static screen bio of Loren ( 3 pages)
 

Part of the 4 disc Koch Boxset - Cinema Sirens

DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio:
Medusa (Italy)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Presente di Maurizio Porro (6:00)

• Documentary "Cinema Forever" (6:00)

• Documentary "La Ciociarra 40 ani doppo" (7:33)

• Three trailers

• Behind the Scenes (5:20)

• Deleted Scene (:41)
• Cast and Credits 

Italian subs only on Extras Features

 

DVD Release Date: May 28th, 2003
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Chapters 18

Comments: Perhaps our most lop-sided comparisons ever. Vittorio De Sica's "Two Women" is a film that snuck into the public domain and the English dubbed version has been transferred on DVD in some of the most ghastly productions ever by both Koch and Madacy. Medusa have now released this film in its proper aspect ratio and with original Italian audio, but most unfortunately, they did not include English subtitles. Everything about the Medusa DVD is obviously superior but I suppose one could use DVDSubber or a similar software to obtain a written transcript of the films dialogue in English. It would be worth it. If anyone takes the trouble to do this, could they please email me, I would appreciate it.

 - Gary W. Tooze





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