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(aka 'Story of a Love Affair')

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Italy 1950

 

A rich older man's belated desire to investigate his beautiful willful young wife' mysterious past reignites old passions with tragic consequences. For those viewers who are uncertain of Antonioni's capacity to make enjoyably great films, this may be a revelation especially if you have a penchant for post-WW2 film noir with its attendant malaise and melancholia. With suitable B&W photography and accompanying musical score and boasting one of the screen's great beauties, Lucia Bose, in her prime, this film is a masterpiece.

 Excerpt from prs10's review on IMdb comments located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: October 11th, 1950 - Italy

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DVD Comparison:

NoShame Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Lorber (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC

NoShame Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Lorber (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC RIGHT

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Distribution NoShame Films - Region 0 - NTSC Lorber Films - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:38:03 1:37:28
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)   Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: NoShame Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Story of a Peculiar Night - the screening of the restored print in Rome, featuring director Michelangelo Antonioni and interviews with various film business people
• Identification of a Masterpiece - with assistant director Francesco (Citto) Maselli, film critics Tullio Kezich and Edoardo Bruno (114 Mins.)

• Fragments of a Love Affair (5:29)
• Restoring a Masterpiece - interviews with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and post-production technicians (6 Mins.)
• Poster & Still Gallery
• Collectible Booklet - including Antonioni's bio, two original interviews with Antonioni and an essay by Giuseppe Rotunno on the restoration of the film.

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2005

Double Slim Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Lorber Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Identification of a Masterpiece - with assistant director Francesco (Citto) Maselli, film critics Tullio Kezich and Edoardo Bruno (1:52:24.)

• Story of a Peculiar Night - the screening of the restored print in Rome, featuring director Michelangelo Antonioni and interviews with various film business people

• Fragments of a Love Affair (5:29)
• Restoring a Masterpiece - interviews with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and post-production technicians (6 Mins.)
• Poster & Still Gallery

DVD Release Date: February 7th, 2012

Standard Double Keep Case
Chapters: 12
 

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Lorber Films - Region 0 - NTSC - January 2012: This looks shamefully like a repackaging - different cover and menus but a similar (actually single-layered, punier bitrate and inferior) interlaced transfer. We lose the DUB and the booklet. Very disappointing. Stick with your NoShame edition or get it from a third party seller. 6.5 years later and not an ounce of improvement. Good grief!

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ON THE NO SHAME: Although a step-up for NoShame Films from their other non-converted PAL - NTSC DVDs, this is not quite perfect. A very minor amount of combing is evident in "Forced Weave" mode indicating to us it was not transferred progressively (each frame individually), but on the positive - it is still a decent transfer regardless that it is from a PAL source. There is very minor damage and flickering contrast but still has a strong filmic appearance. A truly wasted (and poor) English audio DUB is included as an option but we recommend immediately dismissing it as the original Italian mono is fine aside from a few brief crackles. Subtitles seem competent with a few absentee background spots. The extras are, for the most part, great - although the screening in Rome seemed to drag on a bit. I suspect these extras as being from the Italian edition, but it doesn't really matter - and they have optional English subtitles.

The film certainly has enough Noir elements to rank it in that genre and what a bonus to own Antonioni's first feature film on DVD! We strongly recommend. I anxiously await more from NoShame Films! 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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NoShame Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Lorber (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


NoShame Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Lorber (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM
 

 


NoShame Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Lorber (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM
 

Minor Combing on both releases...
 
NoShame Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Lorber (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM
 

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