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(aka "Juliet of the Spirits" or "Giulietta degli spiriti" or "Juliette des esprits")

(Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC + Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP vs. Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

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Italy/France 1965

 

Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo’s masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini’s first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery.

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Juliet lives in a beautiful house by the ocean. Her sisters, and especially her Mother overshadow her with their beauty. She is a spiritual, superstious and naive woman. She visits a psychic seer who tells her she must follow the sex trade in order to be happy. Not long after she meets her eccentric and sexy neighbour, Suzy, who, by all counts appears to be a high class prostitute and encourages Juilet into sexual acts which make her guilty and nervous. A rare night when her husband is at home she wakes up to catch him talking to another woman on the phone. He calls out the name "Gabriella" while sleeping, but when she questions him he lies his way out of it. She finds out who Gabriella is and fears her husband will leave her. Juliet begins having visions who accuse and terrorise her. The pinnacle of the visions comes at the end where it is implied she realises she would be better off without her husband and is ultimately emotionally emancipated.

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Theatrical Release: 3 November 1965 (USA)

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Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Criterion Collection #149
Region 1 - NTSC
Cult Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:17:31 2:17:50 2:12:31.720 (4% PAL Speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.90 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080i Disc Size: 38,784,406,752 bytes

Feature Size: 34,885,182,336 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 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.

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Image Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

 

Criterion Collection #149

 

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Cult Films Blu-ray

 

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

Italian Dolby Digital 1.0

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

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

Subtitles English, none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
Theatrical Trailer
Filmographies

DVD Release Date: 14 September 1999
Snapper Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection #149

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
 'Familiar Spirits' interview with Fellini by Ian Dallas, broadcast by the BBC in 1966 (21:28)
 Theatrical Trailer (2:35)
 8-page booklet, featuring an essay by John Baxter

DVD Release Date: 1 June 2010
Amaray

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: Cult Films

 

1080i Disc Size: 38,784,406,752 bytes

Feature Size: 34,885,182,336 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary by Kat Ellinger

Video Essay by Oxford Prof. Guido Bonsaver "Dazzling Spirits" (14:36)

DVD

Blu-ray  Release Date: September 24th, 2018
 Blu-ray case

Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray (September 2018): Cult Films, as with their I Vitelloni Blu-ray,  have transferred Fellini's Juliet of the Sprits in 1080i - so it is in the, sped-up, PAL timing. There is also macro blocking visible (see sample below.) There is inconsistency and the artifacts are plainly visible in-motion within the 1.85:1 framing. Colors (flesh tones) are truer in the higher resolution but nothing is tight with flawed  'jaggies' showing on many edges. Unfortunately, the HD image gets low marks. It is very disappointing.

Cult Films use a linear PCM 2.0 channel mono transfer (only 16-bit,) in the original Italian, for the audio. Dialogue is audible but there is a wonderful score by
Nino Rota (Rocco and His Brothers, Il Bidone, 8 1/2, I Clowns, Purple Noon, The Leopard etc.) but a 24-bit transfer would have accentuated the subtleties and minor depth. There are optional English subtitles. This is a Region FREE Blu-ray.

 

NOTE: The Image Entertainment 139m running DVD time in the bitrate graph includes the trailer appended to the film after the credits.

On the very positive there is a new commentary by Kat Ellinger - and it is at her usual excellent level of analysis - she points out subtle details of Fellini's production and is always a pleasure to follow. There is also a 1/4 hour video essay entitled "Dazzling Spirits" by Oxford Prof. Guido Bonsaver. It looks back on the film and director's career. There is value to both extras, and a second disc DVD is included.

Unfortunately, this was a hard package to review as my expectations were high, despite the warning of I Vitelloni... the Blu-ray image is distracting. I love this film and thoroughly enjoyed the Ellinger commentary but, again, Criterion please come to the rescue with a true 1080P, max'ed out bitrate, dual-layered transfer for this beautifully visual masterpiece.

 - Gary Tooze

 


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2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Macroblocking on Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray (zoomed-in)

 


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2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


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2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Criterion Collection #149 - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Cult Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Criterion DVD (doesn't have egregious flaws)

Sound:

Cult Epics Blu-ray (although PAL sped-up)

Extras: Cult Epics Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Criterion Collection #149
Region 1 - NTSC
Cult Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 


 



 

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