(aka 'The Wedding Director')
Directed by Marco BellocchioItaly / France 2006
Sergio Castellitto, the star of
“The Wedding Director,” is not what you would call a comedian. His
glowering ferocity is currently on display in “The
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” in which he plays the principal
villain with Shakespearean relish. Over the last decade his anxious, melancholy
countenance — the difference between mild concern and existential agony can be
measured in the angle of his frown — has lent intelligence and gravity to films
directed by Jacques Rivette, Marco Bellocchio and Mr. Castellitto himself.
Theatrical Release: May - 2006 - Cannes Film Festival
DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 8.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
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Typical New Yorker DVD - a strong, worthwhile film, but an interlaced transfer from an unconverted PAL source. On the positive the image is certainly watchable (although far from ideal.) It looks a bit thick showing some haze - but for this particular film it didn't deter my enjoyment.
New Yorker offers original Italian 5.1 or 2.0 channel and has optional English subtitles in a smallish white font.
Extras are kind of slight with a featurette consisting of a few minutes of behind the scenes footage (optionally subtitled), a sketches gallery and a trailer.
I enjoyed the film - it had a nice flair to it and I believe this is the only English-friendly DVD option available. Bellocchio's created a small gem here with homage (Fellini?) and some amusement as well. There is something very cool about this and Castellitto really made 'Franco Elica' his own.