(aka 'Gruppo di famiglia in un interno' or 'Violence et passion')

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy / France 1974


  When Lancaster's professor opts for a quiet life in a solitary Roman palazzo, the last thing he expects is for the room upstairs to be rented by a vulgar Italian family and his cozy, ordered life to be completely turned upside down by their antisocial lifestyle. It's an unusual role for the Hollywood heavyweight but he does well, more than holding his own against some genuinely unpleasant characters and giving depth to this art house outing.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: December 10th, 1974

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DVD Review: Arrow Film - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Arrow Film Distribution - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:56:16 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.71 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

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Studio: Arrow Film Distribution

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Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: June 30th, 2003

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Chapters: 10




At the time of this review the price on this DVD from Amazon.UK is extremely reasonable (60% off). Granted we have a real bare-bones DVD here with no extras or subtitle options, but the image quality is not bad at all and it is dual-layered. Anamorphic and progressive although our bitrate indicates a possible analogue transfer - it sure doesn't look like it to me. Color balance is acceptable although reds seem a bit flush at times. Detail is very good with hints of digital noise (faux grain).

I really enjoyed the film and both Visconti fans and Lancaster fans will thoroughly appreciate it. At this price it's a must-buy DVD.

Gary W. Tooze


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