Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r


(aka 'Identification of a Woman')

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/antonioni.htm
Italy 1983

 

Antonioni is of course best known for such films as "Blow Up", "L'avventura", "The Red Desert", and "The Passenger"." I have been asked the question: "Isn't this one of Antonioni's minor works?" The purpose of this brief article is to argue the contrary and urge lovers of his films to take this one very seriously. It is incredibly rich and not in any way second class in comparison to his other great works.

 

This film is his last before his debilitating stroke in 1985; he was just 70 when it was released.

 

And it was his first film shot in Italy, with Italian actors and themes, in some 18 years. After "Il Deserto Rosso" (1964), he made an extended series of remarkable films all shot outside of his native Italy: "Blow Up", "Zabriskie Point", "Chung Kuo", and "The Passenger". It is of great interest to see him back in his native country.

Excerpt from Bruce Winstein's article at DVDBeaver located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: September 17th, 1982 (Toronto Film Festival)

Reviews          More Reviews        DVD Reviews

Comparison:

Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL LEFT vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

DVD Box Cover

Distribution Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL Criterion Collection - Spine #585 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:04:40 (4% PAL: Speedup) 2:10:30.239
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.14 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,893,625,225 bytes

Feature: 38,239,856,640 bytes

Codec: MPEG4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

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

Bitrate: DVD

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio Italian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Mr. Bongo Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: June 30th, 200
8
Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,893,625,225 bytes

Feature: 38,239,856,640 bytes

Codec: MPEG4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• A booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers and a 1982 interview with director Michelangelo Antonioni by critic Gideon Bachmann

Blu-ray Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 24

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - October 11': Typical for Criterion they have one soft-pallet on the colors but heavier black levels - this brings up sharpness and the 1080P visuals exhibit some nice depth. Textured grain is evident. The Bongo edition looks good for SD but flatter, softer and more video-like beside the Criterion Blu-ray. Criterion skin tones seem to have warmed and the SD has a bluish/green tinge to it. I have never seen this theatrically but suspect the Criterion is more accurate with the overall appearance.

Criterion render their typical mono linear PCM track - again advancing beyond the SD - although subtly. There is still appears to be some minor sync-speed issue but it is not pervasive. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A'-locked disc.

This is the first Criterion release for some time that has gone bare-bones on the digital supplement-front. There is a trailer but nothing more and the package contains a booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers and a 1982 interview with director Michelangelo Antonioni by critic Gideon Bachmann.

Nice to see this without the PAL speedup and as clear and sharp - I definitely enjoyed the film more than a couple of years back. Identification of a Woman has really grown on me and I appreciate seeing it in 1080P. This lower tier Criterion pricing package is recommended - Antonioni fans won't want to miss out!

***

ON THE DVD: There are some very good things about this Mr. Bongo Films edition of this, previously unreleased, Antonioni film. It is in the correct aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is dual-layered, anamorphic and even progressive. Picture quality is not bad at all - a shade glossy at times with some minor moiring. Overall, I'd say I was pleasantly surprised and quite happy with the end result of the image transfer. Detail, contrast and colors all seem very competent. It's not perfect but it's vastly better than I was anticipating having never seen anything from Mr. Bongo before. Listed as part of a 'TRIBUTE TO ANTONIONI SERIES' could we be too selfish to wish for the also unreleased Il Mistero di Oberwald (The Mystery of Oberwald) in the near future?

I thought the 2.0 channel audio had a few sync issues but I couldn't really nail an example and there are optional English subtitles in a larger-than-usual font. Again acceptable if imperfect.

Unfortunately, it was reported that this DVD edition would have some extra features but alas there are none. Still, I am very pleased to actually be able to see this Antonioni film on an English-friendly DVD. Certainly fans of the director should also be pleased that the transfer is so adept although supplements would have been the 'icing on the cake'. I'm still mulling over the film - it has an intangible quality that I was enjoying very much. I must watch it a least a few times. Until something superior comes along this DVD edition is certainly recommended at this very reasonable price! 

Gary W. Tooze

 


Menus

 

Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL


 

 

Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Subtitle Sample

 

Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

Screen Captures

 

Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

 


Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

More Blu-ray Captures


DVD Box Cover

Distribution Mr. Bongo Films - Region 0 - PAL Criterion Collection - Spine #585 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


Michelangelo Antonioni films on DVD (NTSC) - CLICK COVERS or REVIEW BUTTON for more information


Recommended Books for Michelangelo Antonioni reading (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)




 

Hit Counter

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!