|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
directed by Francesco Rosi
July 5, 1950—Sicilian
bandit Salvatore Giuliano's bullet-riddled corpse is found facedown in a
courtyard in Castelvetrano, a handgun and rifle by his side.
Local and international press descend upon the scene, hoping to crack open the true story behind the death of this young man, who, at the age of twenty-seven, had already become Italy’s most wanted criminal and celebrated hero. Filming in the exact locations and enlisting a cast of native Sicilians once impacted by the real Giuliano, director Francesco Rosi harnessed the facts and myths surrounding the true story of the bandit's death to create a startling exposť of Sicily and the tangled relations between its citizens, the Mafia, and government officials. A groundbreaking work of political filmmaking, Salvatore Giuliano established Rosi’s reputation and assured his place in cinema history.
Theatrical Release: June 1962 - Berlin Film Festival
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DVD Review: Criterion (2 Disc) - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Criterion Collection Spine # 228 - Region 1 - NTSC
Original Aspect Ratio 16X9
Average Bitrate: 8.12 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.
|Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored picture and sound
and enhanced for widescreen televisions
I suppose the point of this webpage is to "critique" this DVD. Unfortunately (or rather 'fortunately') there is nothing to point flaws in. I find it funny reading other Criterion DVD reviews and the reviewer must stoop to being petty about the Extra Features, almost as if the film itself was secondary. I'll endeavor not to sink to that level of detail.
Again we have Criterion proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the best DVD production company on the planet - consistently outdoing themselves on every release. Firstly, bringing this film to the light of day for many film fans is worthy of our gratitude. Secondly, the immense detail that has gone into creating this DVD - the flawless image, perfect contrast- improved subtitle translation - extra features. If the Criterion company were not in existence, I doubt this website would be either. I could go on lavishing praise on Criterion, but I think you must see where I am coming from. This DVD is out of . No one will ever do a better job in our lifetime.
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