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(The title is the phonetic translation of the Italian words in the dialect of Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of director Federico Fellini, where the film takes place. It means "I remember')

 

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Italy 1973

In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini's most personal film satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score. The Academy Award-winning Amarcord remains one of cinema's enduring treasures.

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Fellini at his ripest and loudest recreates a fantasy-vision of his home town during the fascist period. With generous helpings of soap opera and burlesque, he generally gets his better effects by orchestrating his colorful cast of characters around the town square, on a boat outing, or at a festive wedding. When he narrows his focus down to individual groups, he usually limits himself to corny bathroom and bedroom jokes, which produce the desired titters but little else. But despite the ups and downs, it's still Fellini, which has become an identifiable substance like salami or pepperoni that can be sliced into at any point, yielding pretty much the same general consistency and flavor.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 18 December 1973

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Comparison:

Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1- NTSC vs. Warner Home Video (2-disc France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2/5 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC LEFT

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Criterion Collection (REISSUE) - Spine # 4 - Region 1 - NTSC

Warner Home Video (France)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 4

Region 0 - NTSC

Warner Home Video (Germany)
Region 2,5 - PAL
Criterion Collection - Spine # 4 - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 2:03:36 1:58:28 (4% PAL speedup) 2:03:28 1:58:30 (4% PAL speedup) 2:03:53.467

Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.5 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.32 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.80:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.71 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.32 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 45,290,038,204 bytes

Feature Size: 26,098,010,112 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

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

Bitrate:

Criterion (re-issue)

 

Bitrate:

Warner Home Video (France)

 

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Criterion

 

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Warner Home Video (Germany)

 

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Criterion Blu-ray

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital Stereo 1.0), DUB:: English (Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0) Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUBs: French, English,  Digital 1.0) Italian (Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0), DUB:: English (Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0)

Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUBs: German, English, Spanish, Hungarian (Dolby Digital 1.0)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
LPCM Audio Italian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, none German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, none English, none German, English, Spanish, Hungarian , French, Italian, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Croatian, Slovenian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
• American release trailer
• Deleted scene
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• New 45-minute documentary, Fellini’s Homecoming, on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past
• Video interview with star Magali NoŽl
• Fellini’s drawings of characters in the film
• Felliniana,” a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord from the collection of Don Young
• Audio interviews with Fellini, his friends, and family by Gideon Bachmann
• New restoration demonstration
• PLUS: A book featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, author of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini’s 1967 essay, “My Rimini"

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2006
4-tired digipak inside cardboard box

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video (France)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Regions: 2, 4.5
• Theatrical trailer

Disc 2 (with subtitles!)

• The Music of Nino Rota (12:07)

 Federico's Amarcord (34:05)

• The Magic World of Fellini (27:53)

• Death in Venice and The Damned trailers

DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2004
Double slim Keep Case inside cardboard case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
• Restoration demonstration (4:58)

DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
Keep Case

Chapters 40
 

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video (Germany)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Regions: 2, 5
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: April 23, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

 

Disc Size: 45,290,038,204 bytes

Feature Size: 26,098,010,112 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
• American release trailer
• Deleted scene
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack 
• New 45-minute documentary, Fellini’s Homecoming, on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past (44:18)
• Video interview with star Magali NoŽl (15:35)
• Fellini’s drawings of characters in the film
• “Felliniana,” a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord from the collection of Don Young
• Audio interviews with Fellini (30:41), his friends, and family (59:03) by Gideon Bachmann
• New restoration demonstration
• 66-page book featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, author of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini’s 1967 essay, “My Rimini"

Blu-ray Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Cardboard case with open Digipak slipcase and booklet

Chapters 25

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Criterion Region 'A' Blu-ray: January 2011: The Criterion editions - from the original non-anamorphic DVD to the Reissue package and now the 1080P edition - all, predictably, improve from the previous release. Colors are modestly richer - there appears to be more information in the frame and, most notably, any distracting artefacts prevalent on the SD transfers are eliminated. Grain is, in many scenes, more prevalent and adds a nice texture to the image. Overall, I expect this is as good as Fellini's Amarcord will ever look for your home theater indulgence.

Criterion include the previous English DUB as an option. In all my viewings of Amarcord - I have only ever, briefly, sampled it and much prefer the original Italian - which is the only track on the Blu-ray that is lossless. It is transferred in a linear PCM mono track that has some perceived depth and is technically superior to the SD's standard Dolby renderings. There are optional English subtitles (see sample below) and, predictably, my Momitsu has identified the disc as being a region 'A'-locked. 

Extras duplicate the Reissue DVD (detailed below) with the highly interesting Brunette and Burke commentary, the galleries and the included 66-page book featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, author of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini’s 1967 essay, “My Rimini".

This title has come pretty far through the Criterion distribution system in almost 13-years. If you love the film, one of Fellini's most personal, then this upgrade is an important option - one I doubt you will regret once you have an HD presentation of Amarcord in the comfort of your home. Absolutely recommended!

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ADDITION: Criterion (REISSUE) - August 06' - Criterion's original release of Amarcord (the phonetic translation of the Italian words 'mi ricordo' in the dialect of Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of director Federico Fellini, where the film takes place. It means "I remember" in English) was one of their first 10 DVDs - way back in 1998. It was actually spine #4 - non-anamorphic and may not have even been progressively transferred. It desperately needed updating. In the interim Warner (in both France and Germany) put out anamorphic PAL DVD packages that were an improvement.

How it looks - to compare I watched about 15 minutes of the same scene of each of the four discs on a plasma system and the Criterion is definitely the better edition image-wise. It has far less artifacts - colors are brighter (I don't necessarily know that they are more accurate - although they certainly look more true to my eye). The screen captures that seem to best identify this superiority and the very last ones (see below) - look at the pink/mauve in the flag and the blue sky (upper right). Also the first capture - the lady at the right in the white sweater and blue blazer. The Criterion has improved immensely from its initial release with a strong anamorphic, progressive upgrade. Probably the most noticeable difference is how much cleaner it is - and slightly sharper. There is some movement in the frame (picture from the original Criterion has shifted left a bit at times) but any observed cropping was not an issue. The Criterion also has the highest bitrate of the four editions. On the Criterion website it states:

'This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm interpositive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System. To maintain optimal image quality through the compression process, the picture on this dual-layer DVD-9 was encoded at the highest-possible bit rate for the quantity of material included. The soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from a magnetic track print...'

The off-white-black-bordered subtitle font on the Criterion is the most appealing to me. It is large enough to be easily read (the Warners were a shade on the small side) and not as large an cumbersome as on the original release.

How it sounds - the Criterion track again adds an optional English DUB - the European Warner DVDs offer different selections of language DUBs as well. The REISSUE Criterion audio sounded very clear and consistent to me. It states on their website:

'The soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from a magnetic track print, and audio restoration tools were used to reduce clicks, pops, hiss, and crackle.'

Supplements - well the Criterion have vastly exceeded their competitors yet again. The Brunette and Burke commentary is excellent - very thorough and interesting. Although alternately named there is one overlap featurette with the French edition (see Magali NoŽl capture), but Criterion add so much more including a book featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, author of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini’s 1967 essay, “My Rimini". I won't discuss the other features in detail as discovering them is a joy - but personally I really enjoyed 'Fellini’s Homecoming'.  

NOTE: For the audio commentary menu on the Criterion REISSUE they list film scholar Frank Burke affiliated with "Queen's College, Ontario". That should read "Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario."

Conclusion: the Criterion package is another beautiful keepsake and it is the one to own for just about every reason I can think of. Only the issue of color variances from the other three would crop up as a negative if I could verify it - which I cannot. It looks greatly improved - the extras are endless - a devastating digital tribute.

- Gary W. Tooze

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ADDITION: Warner (French) - June - 2005 - Firstly there are differences between this and the 2 PAL Warner's in film portion, but the image seems to be the exact same. There are differences in subtitle and audio DUB options (noted above). If my contribution sources are correct the UK/German is region 2,5 and the French 2,4,5.

Upon reflection, and some extensive zooming in, I notice some edge enhancement on the non-anamorphic Criterion - meaning the colors of the Warner are probably more accurate. To my eye though the Warner does look a little vertically stretched and is still slightly cropped next to the Criterion. The big bonus' of the French DVD are the valued featurette extras on the second disc - all with English subtitles. Regardless of our continued debate on the image the French DVD is a must own for Fellini fans.

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There is negligible cropping - by Criterion on the left and top edges and by the Warner on the bottom and right edges. The Criterion is sharper than the anamorphic Warner. The Warner looks to have deeper blacks and better contrast. I would say as colors are only minutely different (the Warner haze may affect appearance - Criterion ocean looks greener- walls look browner), that the sharpness would be the deciding factor. It is enough in this case to chose the Criterion. It is possible that widescreen and projection viewers may notice a benefit to owning the Warner, but it would really depend on the specifics of the system. As it stands the Criterion has the best image. I prefer the less intrusive font of the Warner. The Warner also has more subtitle and dub options. if this is important. The Criterion restoration demo is interesting and beats out the Warner trailer. Both menus seem a little gaudy, but there you go. Even though the Criterion was only there 4th via spine number and came out in 98', and is not anamorphic, I would still say it is the edition to own. Price may be a consideration, but the Criterion is still sharpest.

- Gary W. Tooze



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(Criterion (REISSUE) - Region 1- NTSC LEFT vs. Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 RIGHT)

 

 

Criterion (re-issue) - Region 1- NTSC DISC 2

 

 

Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 DISC 2

 


(Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 

 

Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


 

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1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - REISSUE - Region 1- NTSC TOP

2) Warner Home Video (France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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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




 

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