(aka 'Boccaccio '70' or 'Boccace 70')

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/desica.htm,

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/fellini.htm

Mario Monicelli, and Luchino Visconti
Italy 1962

 

Four complete segments, each directed by a master filmmaker and starring an extraordinary cast of international stars: "Renzo & Luciana", directed by Mario Monicelli (Big Deal On Madonna Street) was cut to shorten the film for its international release and it's shown here for the first time ever in America. "The Temptation of Doctor Antonio" directed by Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2) and starring Anita Ekberg (La Dolce Vita), enlighten by a dreamy humoristic touch, it's considered by many to be the best Fellini's work ever! "The Job", directed by Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Rocco And His Brothers) stars Romy Schneider (What's New, Pussycat) and future genre icon Tomas Milian (Traffic, Almost Human). A witty contemplation of marriage with an attention to details was the trademark of the Visconti's incomparable style. Finally, "The Raffle", an earthy comic romp directed by Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thief, Two Women) and starring Sophia Loren (Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow, Two Women) as a woman who causes all sorts of problems for herself when she offers her favors as the prize in a lottery.

 

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Theatrical Release: February 22nd, 1962

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Distribution NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:35:27 + 1:48:03 = 3:23:30 
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.19 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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

Bitrate:  Disc 1

Bitrate:  Disc 2

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: NoShame Films

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Poster and still gallery, including photos from backstage and the U.S. premiere of the film
• Original U.S. theatrical trailer
• Original Italian theatrical trailer
• Archival footage
• Original U.S. main titles
• Collectible booklet with liner notes and reprint of the rare original U.S. press book

DVD Release Date: April 26th, 2005

Double Slim Keep Case
Chapters: 8 + 8 = 16 total

 

 

Comments:

This package contains 2 DVDs. It has Monicelli's "Renzo & Luciana" and Fellini's "The Temptation of Doctor Antonio" on the first and Visconti's "The Job" and De Sica's "The Raffle" on the second. There are extras also included on the latter disc.

Although not progressively transferred (see 'combing' sample below) the anamorphic image quality is generally quite acceptable with no extensive damage marks. Colors are bright and appear true but the original 1.66 aspect ratio has not been maintained. I measured it to be a clear 1.85: 1 so we are in potential danger of losing some information somewhere. The pale yellow subtitle display is a shade weak but never impinges upon the viewing experience.

The discs are dual layered and the 4 mini-films are spread across 2 DVDs. Digital extras are a bit thin with trailers, Levine's cheesy US titles and photo galleries etc. but the collectable liner notes booklet is quite hefty and is filled with photocopied vintage advertising and a reprint of the press book. The English DUB is quite poor and its inclusion is a mistake in my opinion and I would have rather seen the energy put into other areas. The original Italian audio is very clear and sounds exceptionally good.

Overall we recommend the package and applaud NoShame's efforts to bring this film to digital fruition. We encourage them in the future to improve in the areas that they are able especially progressive transfers and maintaining corrected aspect ratios, but surely having these films together digitally (remember Renzo & Luciana was originally removed for US release) at all is exciting for most cineastes.

NOTE: This set did receive mentions in our 'Best of 2005' poll.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Disc 1 (Renzo & Luciana and The Temptation of Doctor Antonio)


Disc 2 (The Job + The Raffle)

 

 

Renzo & Luciana

 

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The Temptation of Doctor Antonio

 

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The Job

 

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The Raffle

 

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