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(aka "Garibaldi")


Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Italy 196
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Viva l'Italia is a documentary made after the event, trying to figure out what happened. I tried to place myself in front of the events of a century ago, the way a documentarist would have done who had the good fortune to follow Garibaldi s campaign with his camera. Roberto Rossellini

To celebrate the centenary of Italy, the Italian government commissioned Rossellini to make a biopic of Giuseppe Garibaldi, one that would follow his exploits with the Thousand and their role in the country s unification. Rossellini approached the film as he had Francesco, giullare di Dio, presenting the main character in neo-realist mode, as though making a documentary.

Restored by Arrow Films from the original negative, this disc marks the first UK home video release of Viva l'Italia in any format, allowing English-speaking audience to discover another Rossellini classic.!

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Structured largely like a Hollywood epic such as Ben-Hur, Viva l’Italia! nonetheless betrays its maker’s unorthodox, humanist approach even in its most grandiose sequences. Rossellini shoots the film’s battles as if from the perspective of an overseeing general, with his camera frequently situated atop hills and zooming in and out of specific parts of a skirmish. In doing so, the filmmaker captures the overall progression of a fight rather than the visceral thrill of being in combat. Even when the camera moves closer to the action, it takes up position in relative safety; it surveys scenes perpendicular to marching soldiers, or situates itself at a distance behind the men as they move toward the enemy. As in the film’s depiction of communication methods between cities and across battle lines, this method of action filmmaking stresses the process by which Garibaldi succeeded and the manner in which his skilled plans routed enemies with advantages in numbers and geography.

Excerpt from Slant Magazine located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 27th, 1961 (Rome)

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Review: Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:08:34.289   
Video

Disc Size: 48,480,250,933 bytes

Feature Size: 27,035,541,504 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

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

Bitrate:

Audio

LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Disc Size: 48,480,250,933 bytes

Feature Size: 27,035,541,504 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

Edition Details:

Garibaldi, an alternate shorter cut of the film originally prepared for the US market (1:24:09)
• Brand-new interview with Roberto Rossellini s assistant on the film, Ruggero Deodato, recorded exclusively for this release (32:57)
• "I Am Garibaldi", a brand-new visual essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini: His Life and Films (17:02)
• Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by filmmaker and critic Michael Pattison

Blu-ray Release Date: January 30th, 2018
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Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 13

 

 

Comments:

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

This is another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package playable on both Continents. As Michael Brooke informed us on Facebook in regards to Day of Anger: 'As the producer of Arrow's release, I can confirm first hand that the UK and US discs are absolutely identical: we only paid for one master, so there's no doubt about this at all! Which means that no matter which package you buy, the discs will play in any Region A or B setup (or Region 1 or 2 for DVD - and in the latter case the video standard is NTSC, to maximise compatibility). The booklets are also identical, but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.' Viva l'Italia is the same situation.

 

Arrow cited this as a "brand new 2K restoration from the original negative" and give us "Viva l'Italia" on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc with a supportive bitrate. It is in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Grain is evident and colors - notably red and blues - show richness but much of the film has an earthy tone. The presentation has a film-like thickness and the only notable weakness was a mark in the bottom left that stayed through various consecutive scenes (see last capture). I only mention it because I noticed it in both my viewings. The HD image is, largely, a success to be able to see the film looking as strong as it does. 

Arrow go with a linear PCM 2.0-channel mono track (16-bit) and it supports the film's effects (battle scenes) and especially the score by Renzo Rossellini, the younger brother of director Roberto Rossellini. he is notable for work in The War Trilogy films Rome, Open City (1945), Paisan (1946) as well as other films. There are optional English subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Arrow include "Garibaldi", a 1-hour 24-minute alternate shorter cut of the film originally prepared for the US market. It fills about 14 Gig of the disc, 1080P with LPCM audio, and optional subtitles and looks inferior to the main feature - mostly in colors and grain support - but is still very watchable. There is also a brand-new, 33-minute, interview with Roberto Rossellini's assistant on the film, Ruggero Deodato, recorded exclusively for this release. He talks of the director, and the production - it is in Italian with optional English subtitles. "I Am Garibaldi", a brand-new, 17-minute, visual essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini: His Life and Films. It is at his usual excellent level of thoroughness with fascinating tidbits of details. The package has a reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips and the first pressings get an illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by filmmaker and critic Michael Pattison.

 

Viva l'Italia is a rare find. I had never seen it, nor knew much of Giuseppe Garibaldi. I enjoyed it even more in the second viewing. The historical recreations seemed so real to me... and it expressed the director's humanity and brilliant storytelling ability. Sorry it took me so long to review - Arrow Blu-ray gets a very strong recommendation!

 

Gary W. Tooze


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1) Arrow "Viva L'Italia" - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Arrow "Garibaldi" - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

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