(aka "Do You Remember Dolly Bell?" )

 

directed by Emir Kusturica
Yugoslavia 1981

 

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (in original: Sje?aš li se Doli Bel?), filmed 1981, is the first feature film directed by Emir Kusturica. Showing early signs of the stylistic flair that Kusturica was to effectively deploy in later works, it is a coming of age story that many of his fans consider a must-see.

Set over a single early-1960s summer in one of Sarajevo's mahalas, plot follows the fortunes of a school boy nicknamed Dino (Slavko Štimac). Simultaneous to being enthralled with a life that flashes before his eyes and ears in the local cinema and youth centre (where, among other things, he watches Alessandro Blasetti's Europa di notte and listens to Adriano Celentano's "24 Mila Baci"), Dino gets a taste of the world inhabited by local thugs and petty criminals. However, when he is rewarded via a liaison for providing a hiding place for prostitute "Dolly Bell" (Ljiljana Blagojevi?), his world is turned upside down as he falls in love with her.

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Theatrical Release: Italy2 September 1981 (Venice Film Festival)

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DVD Comparison:

Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL vs. Koch Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC

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Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Koch Lorber
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:45:04 (4% PAL speedup) 1:49:27
Video

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.59 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
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NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Serbo-Croat (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Serbo-Croat (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Interview with Emir Kusturica (32:18)
• Filmography
• Trailers

DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2006
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Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Koch Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Interview with Emir Kusturica (23.08)
• Slideshow
 

DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Chapters 30

 

Comments:

When one reviewer gives the rating 'EXCELLENT' for the image on the Koch Lorber (US) disc, and an other reviewer writes of the Artificial-Eye (UK) disc that it's in 'quite poor condition', I wanted to find out, how much better could the US disc possible be! The difference is in the eyes, and rating system of the viewer. The source material for these two versions is exactly the same. Unfortunately the source material is an old analog tape transfer, that should rest in peace in some basement instead of being used as a master for DVD production. Both transfer are quite week and certainly doesn't give justice for these wonderful film. The Koch disc has analog combing visible. The framing, scratches and everything else is identical. I have seen these from a 35 mm film print, and the sensuality in the scenes with Dino and Dolly Bell on the attic has very little of the mood left. What a pity.

On the audio front both have the original mono sound in DD 2.0, and the Koch disc has also a false DD 5.1 mix.

Both editions have used the same interview with Emir Kusturica. The interesting thing is that the length of the interview on the AE disc is over ten minutes longer. The main difference is that the KOCH disc has only focused on the parts were Kusturica speaks about the communist regime, were the AE disc has an extended part of the interview were Kusturica explain the creating of his style and film studies in Prague. The AE disc has inserts of the film during the interview, were the KOCH disc has left the voice of an clumsy interviewer.

Between the two the AE is superior.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 



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