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(aka "Voyage in Italy" or "Voyage to Italy" or "Journey to Italy" or "Strangers" )

 

directed by Roberto Rossellini
Italy 1954

 

Roberto Rossellini's finest fiction film (1953, 84 min.), and unmistakably one of the great achievements of the art. Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders play a long-married British couple grown restless and uncommunicative. On a trip to Italy to dispose of a piece of property, they find their boredom thrown into relief by the Mediterranean landscape--its vitality (Naples) and its desolation (Pompeii). But suddenly, in one of the moments that only Rossellini can film, something lights inside them, and their love is renewed as a bond of the spirit. A crucial work, truthful and mysterious.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's Capsule Review at the Chicago Reader HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 7th, 1954

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DVD Review: BFI - Region 2 - PAL

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BFI

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:21:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.62 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: BFI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Laura Mulvey

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 2003
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Chapters 12

 

Comments:

NOTE: Compared to the Criterion 3 Films by Rossellini Blu-ray reviewed HERE.

For Rossellini fans, the English BFI release has so far been the only way to get "Voyage in Italy" on DVD. It is clearly a solid disc, but still leaves much to be desired with ample chroma.

Having had the opportunity to watch this great film in a cinema, I can say that BFI's contrast is a little off (boosted). The transfer on this single-layered disc is clearly too bright and there is some chroma. Look, for instance, at screenshot # 5, which illuminates Bergman's face abnormally. On celluloid, the light is much softer and radiates more beautifully. The transfer also suffers from some slight speckles and scratches and displays artifacts at various times. We still get a fair amount of detail and nice grain.

BFI presents the film in the original English language and offers a clear and clean soundtrack. There are no subtitles on this DVD.

As for bonus material, we get a feature-length audio commentary by film historian Laura Mulvey, dissecting the film in great detail and illuminating a lot of fascinating things about it. This commentary, much like Mulvey's on Criterion's "Peeping Tom", is more of an audio essay than what we usually hear in commentaries. By that I mean that we get an interpretation and analysis of the film, rather than historical accounts of the shooting and production. I am very thankful for Mulvey's approach, because it sheds new light on this classic film.

While being far from a definitive release, the BFI DVD of "Voyage in Italy" will certainly do until Criterion gets their hands on this.

 - Stan Czarnecki

 



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1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL DVD  - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray (Reviewed HERE) - BOTTOM

 

 


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