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(aka 'The Swindle' or "The Swindlers"')

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In Fellini's sardonically humorous, yet powerfully dramatic "Il Bidone", three small-time crooks impersonate priests in Rome to con poor people out of their money. The middle chapter of Fellini's "trilogy of loneliness" (between "La Strada" and "Night of Cabiria") this is no doubt the weakest of the three, but still holds deep compassion. Broderick Crawford is top notch and one of the best performances of his career. Masina is too limited in the plot for her characterizing magic to work its spells on you and Basehart is mediocre. Fellini fans and serious film buffs should be keen.out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: September 9th, 1955 - Venice Film Festival

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Distribution

Image Entertainment - Region 1- NTSC

BFI - Region 2

PAL

Masters of Cinema - Spine #66

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime

1:31:12 

1:48:08 (4% PAL speedup)

1:52:47.761
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.14 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,369,618,904 bytes

Feature: 33,056,978,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Image

Bitrate:

BFI

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  LPCM Audio Italian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English (non-removable) English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2000
Snapper Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• interview with Fellini's assistant director Dominique Delouche (39:46)
• 
Still Gallery

• 12-page liner notes booklet
.

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka MoC

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,369,618,904 bytes

Feature: 33,056,978,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Interview with Dominique Delouche (39:49)
Original theatrical trailer (3:16)
36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring the words of Federico Fellini, rare imagery, and more!

Blu-ray Release Date: December 30th, 2013
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (December 2013): Firstly, great title for Masters of Cinema to release in 1080P. There are notable advantages over both SDs. We get the longer Italian cut with no PAL speed-up and the image is clear of many of the artifacts and weaknesses of the lesser format. The Blu-ray improvement is more distinct in-motion. It shows more information in the frame (side edges), has more layered contrast and a higher level of detail. There are some grain textures visible. Audio gets the lossless treatment with a linear PCM in original mono. Nino Rota's (8 1/2, I Clowns, Purple Noon, The Leopard etc.) score seems to benefit from the lossless rendering with some prevalent depth unnoticeable on the DVDs. There are optional subtitles on the region 'B' Blu-ray. We get the same 40-minute interview with Dominique Delouche as found on the BFI, plus an original theatrical trailer and the package contains a 36-page booklet featuring the words of Federico Fellini, rare imagery etc.

 

With Fellini's oeuvre being so strong, this title seems to have been unjustly forgotten and is very much deserved of this definitive digital release from MoC. I'm so glad to have it in the newer format and strongly endorse this film and Blu-ray.

 

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ADDITION: BFI - PAL (August 05) : They've blown out contrast and poor subtitles of the Image DVD are very apparent next to the BFI. The good news is that this BFI DVD contains the longer Italian cut, the American (Image) release running some 17 minutes shorter. Everything is superior in the BFI edition and is presently the definitive to own. The extensive interview with Dominique Delouche is wonderful with a lot of good information being imparted. We recommend the BFI to Fellini and cinema fans alike.

 

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Image Entertainment: A fairly weak DVD production - the chroma-filled image is not its worst failing - non-removable subtitles (and awful yellow) and no extras, with barely even a menu. Now, to be fair it did come out almost 5 years ago. The images tell the story of the DVD folks (sporadic sharpness and slightly boosted contrast), but this is the type of Image Entertainment DVD that can go out of print and not return (fetching bucks on EBay), so for Fellini fans - I recommend picking up a copy. There are no alternatives that I can find. It is quite suitable to watch in order between "La Strada" and "Night of Cabiria" on a rainy weekend. out of

Gary W. Tooze

 


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2) BFI - Region 2- PAL- MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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2) BFI - Region 2- PAL- MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 


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2) BFI - Region 2- PAL- MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Extras: Blu-ray

 

Recommended Books on Federico Fellini (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

Federico Fellini
by Christopher Wiegand
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini, Isabel Quigley
The Cinema of Federico Fellini
by Peter Bondanella
The Films of Federico Fellini (Cambridge Film Classics)
by Peter Bondanella, Ray Carney
I'm a Born Liar: A Fellini Lexicon
by Damian Pettigrew
Fellini
by Lietta Tornabuoni
Fellini: A Life
by Hollis Alpert
I, Fellini
by Charlotte Chandler, Billy Wilder

 

Box Cover

   

Distribution

Image Entertainment - Region 1- NTSC

BFI - Region 2

PAL

Masters of Cinema - Spine #66

Region 'B' - Blu-ray


 



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