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Italy 1954

 

There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of ZampanÚ (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When ZampanÚ encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.

 

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Theatrical Release: September 6, 1954 (Venice Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Optimum - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Distribution

Optimum

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:43:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.82 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Italian
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary on selected scenes by Christopher Wiegand
• - On the Beach (7:05)
• - Breaking Chains (2:25)
• - The World's a Stage (3:57)
• - Back to the Sea (4:37)
• Giulietta Masina: La Forza di un Sorriso (52:55 / 4:3)
• 16 page booket containing interviews with Fellini and Masina, biographies and filmographies
• 2 Art Cards (stills from film)

DVD Release Date: July 4, 2005
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Comments It is very hard to compare the image after having seen the HD transfer from Criterion (reviewed HERE), which is one of the most stunning DVD transfers to date. Almost every other transfer looks bad compared to that.

But as a non-HD transfer, the Optimum isn't that bad. It might be a little soft and having minute edge enhancements, but it looks amazing. Completely cleaned picture and solid blacks.

The additional material is a mixed blessing. On one side it has the documentary "La Forza di un Sorriso" about Giulietta Masina, which simply is worth the DVD itself. Then it has a great little booklet with two interviews, one with Fellini and Masina, another with Fellini conducted by his old friend Gideon Bachmann. A very nice little booklet. And finally it has two postcard size stills from the film.

And then there is the audio commentary by Christopher Wiegand running 21 minutes over 4 selected scenes. When he talks, its very good. He wrote the Taschen book on Fellini and knows his stuff, but 21 minutes??? For a film of this quality, this is far from satisfying, as it basically isn't more than an introduction to the film.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 





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