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(aka "Fellini Roma" or "Fellini's Roma")

 

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Italy / France 1972

 

One of the maestro Federico Fellini's greatest '70s works (between Satyricon and The Clowns and Amarcord), Roma [Rome] erupts volcanically as a state-of-the-world pronouncement on what was not only happening within Rome at the tide of the hippies' organic birth and the post-Boom-set that made up his characters of the 1960s films, but also where, and how, his city would move feverishly forward into one of potential futures.

As Fellini himself travels with his crew to document the ring-road circling Rome, with all the natural diversions that might inherently divert a traditional film shoot, we move into episodes that chart the wartime difficulties of Roman life across those fleeting times that chronicle love and life within the modern-day Rome-time, themselves pitted against the archaelogical vestiges of the great city, - and the Catholic church rears its dominance, and we come into a midpoint that positions itself, indeed, between the memory-cinema of Satyricon and
Amarcord.

One of the great and bountiful colour-spectacles of Fellini's cinema, almost leapt off toward from the moment of Giulietta of the Spirits, Fellini's Roma remains a passionate testament both to the city that finally claimed him as its son after he left small Rimini, and to the final stage of cinema that he himself would work till the day he died.

 

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Theatrical Release: March 14, 1972

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 Comparison:

MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Fred Patton and Pavel Borodin for the DVD Screen Caps!

 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

MGM (US)

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (UK)
Region 2,4 - PAL
Masters of Cinema - Spine #86
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:59:24 1:53:24 (4% PAL speedup) 2:00:29.138
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.67 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,749,384,965 bytes

Feature: 39,734,523,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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MGM (US)

 

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MGM (UK)

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

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

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Track:

LPCM Audio Undetermined 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps /
24-bit

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English (HOH-only), French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Hungarian, Greek, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM (US)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MGM (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

 

DVD Release Date: April 28, 2003
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Masters of Cinema

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,749,384,965 bytes

Feature: 39,734,523,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Outtakes/Deleted Scenes from the film (17:30)

• Isolated Music and Effects track

• Chris Wagstaff on Roma (16:27)

• Italian Trailer (2:33)

• International Trailer (2:47)
• 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring the words of Fellini !
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 24th, 2014
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema (February 2014): Firstly, IMDb lists the theatrical ratio of the film as 1.66:1 but it also states a 1.85:1 AR - which this new Masters of Cinema Blu-ray exports. This seems to have significantly more in the frame - notably on the sides edges, but depending on the SD edition - the top and bottom as well. The color scheme supports the bluer US DVD as opposed to the overly brown UK disc. This 1080P transfer is darker but also brighter in other sequences (not shown in the caps chosen for the original DVD comparison - which were not ideal!) The film has such a variety of images and later in the film the 1080P shows more of its chops with some impressive detail in, better lit, close-ups (see samples at the bottom.) Roma always looked very rough around the edges and you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I expect this dual-layered BD with max'ed bitrate - may be the best we ever get for our home theaters.

Audio is an authentic linear PCM 1.0 channel mono track at 1152 kbps in original Italian. It sounds, predictably flat but the music in the film by Nino Rota (The Godfather which would be the film he would do directly after Roma, Amarcord and Fellini's Casanova) adds some reflective pause to the locations and sounds quite good via the uncompressed. There is an, untested, English DUB and you can have access to the isolated score also in LCPM. There are optional English subtitles and   the disc is region 'B'-locked.

Extras include 17.5 minutes of, often damaged, outtakes/deleted scenes from the film. These are all that survive. We also get Chris Wagstaff - author of the BFI book on Il conformista (The Conformist) - discussing Roma for 16.5 minutes and providing some great detail. There is both an Italian and International Trailer and MoC's famous liner notes - a 32-page booklet filled with Fellini material even the director's own words.

Masters of Cinema made an interesting choice in bringing this Fellini film (as with Il Bidone or even City of Women) to 1080P. In both cases I was able to garner more appreciation for a film that I hadn't fully embraced (although I thought I had with Il Bidone). It's easy to love Nights of Cabiria or La Strada - but these films can take more effort - but in the end can be just as rewarding. Fellini fans should indulge, without hesitation in this Blu-ray.

Gary W. Tooze

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ON THE DVDs: The tinting on the UK release is unnatural. You can seem some more details, such as in capture three of the piece of furniture and the smoke, but I'm stating the obvious. The framing is a great disparity. I could not achieve the same framing you got on this particular shot for example. There was just more horizontal info in the U.S. and less vertical. I couldn't get as low on the van as you did with the traffic jam shot. In general, the U.S. image looks darker through out, obscuring some detail, but the U.K. colors seem strangely tinted, albeit revealing some additional detail. The painting is where this works out the best.

Fred

But the US is also much sharper, especially in the last capture. I think I prefer the US disc.

Regards, Pavel

There is a strong color balance issue here, as well as some cropping. To me the US release is far superior. The UK release is quite hazy in comparison and has a sepia tint to it that is very unbecoming. Region 1 for me!

Gary Tooze

Note: both versions are cut "American / international" version of the film, and there is missing approx. 10 -15 minutes from the original cut!


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(MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


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Subtitle sample

 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


Screen Captures

 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (UK) - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures


Recommended Books on Federico Fellini (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Federico Fellini
by Christopher Wiegand
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini, Isabel Quigley
The Cinema of Federico Fellini
by Peter Bondanella
The Films of Federico Fellini (Cambridge Film Classics)
by Peter Bondanella, Ray Carney
I'm a Born Liar: A Fellini Lexicon
by Damian Pettigrew
Fellini
by Lietta Tornabuoni
Fellini: A Life
by Hollis Alpert
I, Fellini
by Charlotte Chandler, Billy Wilder

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Distribution

MGM (US)

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (UK)
Region 2,4 - PAL
Masters of Cinema - Spine #86
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

 




 

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