directed by Les Blank
USA 1982

 

For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete the most ambitious and difficult film of his career—Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made all the more perilous by Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of natives to pull a full-sized, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded passion of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.

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Theatrical Release: May 30th, 1982 - West Germany (Television premiere)

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Runtime 1:34:54 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.70 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by director Les Blank and editor and sound recordist Maureen Gosling also featuring Werner Herzog
• Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980), an early short documentary by Blank featuring Werner Herzog fulfilling a bet
• New video interview with Herzog
• Deleted scenes
• Gallery of set and location photos by Maureen Gosling
• A book featuring excerpts from Les Blank and Maureen Gosling's journal entries on the set of Fitzcarraldo and a new essay by film scholar Paul Arthur
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2005

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Another documentary where the DVD image quality must succumb to the original print quality. For the most part it looks as expected - a little soft at times. Great extra features including a commentary and liner notes booklet. Perfect subtitles and original audio. Criterion are 'the MAN!"  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

 





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