(aka 'I Zitelloni' or The Inveterate Bachelor' or 'Sei helle - bleib Junggeselle')

Directed by Giorgio Bianchi
Italy 1958

 

Men are not meant to be married. This is the philosophy of Luigi (Vittorio De Sica), known as the Professor . And when the young salesclerk Marcello (Walter Chiari) asks for an advice since he s falling in love with his landlady s daughter, the Professor urges him to leave. But Marcello ends up married anyway, and his new life turns out to be a real nightmare. He becomes so frustrated with his wife and his mother in low, that he goes mad and is arrested for murder. But not everything is as it seems.

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Theatrical Release: September 20th, 1958

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DVD Review: MYA Communication - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution MYA Communication - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:37:42 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: MYA Communication

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2009

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Chapters: 6

 

Comments:

So, what the heck is up with this? A decent film that I've never seen by a label I've never even heard of... and both seem moderately impressive. This is a RYKO-distribution single-layered, bare-bones DVD with a progressive transfer but looks so good I'll assume it must have come from some sort of restoration... or at least the original elements where in outstanding condition. Contrast and detail are at the very high end - especially considering the age of the film. There are some minor speckles but what you see in the captures below is an accurate representation.

The audio is original, fairly glitch-free, in original mono and there are optional, yellow, English subtitles. No extras at all.

This film has the distinction of being the first Italian film in the 50's banned by censors for its disrespectful portrayal of marriage (?!?!)Yea - forget judges ogling women's' legs and breasts or men in a bar slapping and pinching women's bottoms or even other gals being tied up! - it's marriage that is being disrespected. Hmm... De Sica and stalwart Walter Chiari take the leads with some charming fun poked at the institution of matrimony. It's a solid comedy effort and surprisingly good transfer but, digitally speaking, not worth the price tag unless you are super serious about being able to see it. I look forward to more from MYA - other clandestine and strong, titles with top-notch transfers! Well?  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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