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(aka 'Miracle in Milan')

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Following The Bicycle Thief De Sica casts a spell over the viewer with a Capra-esque fantasy fable instilling a healthy dose of social relevance. A baby found in a cabbage patch grows up to unite Milan's poverty stricken and homeless leading the construction of a shanty town. He eventually grants wishes with the help of a magic dove and his simplistic vision bonds the villager's into revolutionaries - hopelessly fighting the stacked social ills. A wonderful light film filled with humor, thought-provoking social inequities and human warmth. If this isn't a masterpiece then its pretty darn close.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: February 8th, 1951

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Comparison:

Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. Arrow Academy (3-disc) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Arrow Films Distribution - Region 0 - PAL Arrow Academy - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:54 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:36:46.041
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.89 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 33,080,923,659 bytes

Feature Size: 27,906,846,720 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films Distribution

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Footage of the Premiere in Milan
• Interviews with both Manuel De Sica and Brunella Bovo
• Poster Artwork and Lobby Stills
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films Distribution

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1

Disc Size: 33,080,923,659 bytes

Feature Size: 27,906,846,720 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

Edition Details:

• Full length feature: Il Tetto [The Roof], Vittorio De Sica s 1956 film also written by Zavattini, made available for the first time in the UK on DVD

Footage of the Premiere in Milan
• Interviews with both Manuel De Sica and Brunella Bovo
• Trailer

DVD of the Feature

Comprehensive booklet including writing on Miracle in Milan and Il Tetto, a re-print of John Maddison s 1951 article The Case of De Sica, illustrated with original stills and artwork.

Blu-ray Release Date: March 26th, 2012
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Arrow Academy - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - (March 2012): The new 1080P transfer looks vastly superior to the DVD but there is some high-frequency edge-enhancement (bowler hat edge capture it is most prominent). It appears to have been applied unevenly and may not be a big distraction to those uninitiated into its visibility. It is easier to see in some scenes than in most others. Beyond that the image is still impressive beside the flat, muddier SD transfer. The contrast is more layered with whiter whites and deep black levels. The Blu-ray is much brighter. The EE is a shame - limiting the grain appreciation - but I wouldn't let is spoil the Blu-ray presentation - this is a fun, warm, thoughtful film.

The audio is now in a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 1536 kbps. The source still exhibits some difficulties - more notable in the beginning but the score is quite bold its supportive nature with some surprising bass. Arrow have added optional English subtitles.

Extras duplicate the DVD with the two interviews, Manuel De Sica and Brunella Bovo, and footage of the Premiere plus a trailer. We lose the gallery but with the Dual-format package we gain a DVD of the feature and a second DVD. This third disc , a single-layered effort, has the1956 De Sica film 'II Tetto'. It looks decent for SD and is a super film. It's about a young Italian couple searching for a place to start their lives in an poverty-stricken post-war city. There is also a comprehensive booklet including writing on Miracle in Milan and Il Tetto, a re-print of John Maddison s 1951 article The Case of De Sica, illustrated with original stills and artwork.

Miracle in Milan puts me in a great mood - so much positive-ness - and there is a lot of De Sica here. For many it would be a real treat to see this in the 1080P resolution. 'II Tetto' is an important supplement - as are the interviews and extensive booklet. We have a pretty easy recommendation.

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ON THE DVD: I am quite high on this film and DVD - the progressive transfer is quite acceptable although there are some damage marks and scratches. For the most part the image is fairly crisp and has rich black levels. Subtitles were okay with a few minor absentee gaps but the font is clear and easily readable. I counted 2 minor audio pops but I wouldn't say that this will be an issue in enjoying the presentation. The Extras are quite good - footage of the premiere - two short but relevant interviews, a trailer and some poster artwork (mostly lobbycards). I really enjoyed this film - an almost total departure from The Bicycle Thief This is a true gem that I am very happy to have seen an now own on DVD. We give this a strong recommendation!

Gary W. Tooze

 


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