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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Divorce - Italian Style')

directed by Pietro Germi
Italy 19


Baron Ferdinando Cefal¨ (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile, young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he will devise a scenario wherein he can catch his spouse in the arms of another and murder her to save his honor—a lesser offense. A hilarious and cutting satire of Italy’s hypocritical judicial system and male-dominated culture, winner of the 1962 Academy Award« for Best Original Screenplay.


Theatrical Release: January 18th, 2003 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Criterion (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 286 - Region 0  - NTSC
Runtime 1:44:36 
Video 1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.21 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.


Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.82:1

Edition Details:

• Pietro Germi: The Man with the Cigar in His Mouth, a 39-minute documentary by critic and filmmaker Mario Sesti featuring interviews with Germi’s longtime friends and collaborators
• Delighting in Contrasts, a new 30-minute interview featuring Stefania Sandrelli, Lando Buzzanca, and Mario Sesti discussing Germi on the set of Divorce Italian Style, along with an interview with screenwriter Ennio De Concini
• Rare screen-test footage of actresses Daniela Rocca and Stefania Sandrelli
• A new essay by film critic Stuart Klawans

DVD Release Date: April 26th, 2005

Double thick Keep Case
Chapters: 22





There is a black border around the edge of this anamorphic image - it is slim but technically it will detract from the potential of horizontal resolution. Whites are ultra bright, blacks are pitch - I actually think the whites are a little overly bright at times. I preferred the softness of the whites in Criterion's "8 1/2".

Detail is wonderful as are the extensive extra features. Overall the progressive image transfer is Criterion's usual 'very strong'.  I will post more as I dig into the extras further - the film is quite fun and socially biting... and kind of sexy. Some might consider this an overly stacked package - once I finish with the extras I will report back.

Gary W. Tooze

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Recommended Books on Italian Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)


Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present
by Peter E. Bondanella
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini, Isabel Quigley
Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism
by Millicent Marcus
My Time With Antonioni: The Diary of an Extraordinary Experience
by Wim Wenders, Michael Hofmann
Antonioni: The Poet of Images
by William Arrowsmith, Ted Perry
Italian Film (National Film Traditions)
by Marcia Landy, David Desser
Italian Cinema
by Maggie Gunsberg
I, Fellini
by Charlotte Chandler, Billy Wilder
Vittorio De Sica: Director, Actor, Screenwriter
by Bert Cardullo


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