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Stay as You Are aka "Così come sei" [Blu-ray]
(Alberto Lattuada, 1978)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: San Francisco Film s.r.l. - Roma
Video: Cult Epics
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,191,488,938 bytes
Feature Size: 19,342,872,576 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: May 12th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.76:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
• Così come sei Trailer (6:37)
•Black Angel (Senso '45) Trailer (1:25)
• 19 pieces of music from the Soundtrack
Description: STAY AS YOU ARE directed by Alberto
Lattuada, is an erotic drama about the impossible love
between an older man and a young girl. It tells the
controversial story of an architect, Roué Giulio Marengo
(Marcello Mastroianni), who is unhappy in his marriage, and
starts a romance with the young and beautiful girl
Florentine (Nastassja Kinski.) When he finds out thru his
wife that she may be his daughter, he has to make a
An idyllic May-December romance becomes unraveled when the much-older man begins suspecting that his tender young lover may be his own daughter, the result of an illicit affair many years before.
Mr. Mastroianni attacks his role earnestly, affecting a middle-aged
fussiness and seeming genuinely troubled, even torn. He has some
excellent moments with a wife and daughter — she is about Francesca's
age, and almost as promiscuous — that help supply the film with a
broader sense of family relationships, and of the differing mores of
While away on a business trip in Florence, middle-aged Roman architect
Giulio Marengo meets a beautiful teenager and falls in love with her.
The girl's name is Francesca and she is a student that was taken in by a
farmer after her mother, Fosca, died. Lorenzo, a friend of Giulio's
learns of his relationship with Franscesca and begins to suspect that
she may be his daughter. In fact, according to various gossip, the
architect had been the lover of Fosca about a year before the birth of
Francesca, and therefore could be her biological father. Shocked by the
news, Giulio tries to avoid Francesca in every way, moreover distracted
by the fact that his daughter Ilaria is expecting a baby.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Stay As You Are has some unforgivable issues on Blu-ray from Cult Epics. Looking at the title screen ('Bleib wie Du bist') this appears to be a German source for the film. The visuals are very soft, waxy and flat with no grain present. Frankly, it looks like DNR. There are artifacts (see last capture) and frequent chroma examples (see below.) This is single-layered with a modest bitrate but this seems the weaknesses are more the source provided than the transfer. Dual-layering probably wouldn't have done much to improve these deficiencies. The aspect ratio is in a bastardized 1.76:1 (slight black bars on the sides). These chroma and other artifacts are present throughout the entire 1080P presentation.
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Cult Epics offer the original Italian track and a poor English DUB - both in a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps. Both are out-of-sync (common for, post-dubbed, Italian tracks) and there are inconsistencies in the sound as well. The Ennio Morricone score is probably the best thing about the film - and it is offered as a supplement - to hear each track. There are optional English subtitles - that do NOT match the DUB (so they are not simply 'DUB-titles'.) My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
Trailers for Stay as You Are (Così come sei) and The Black Angel (Senso '45) Trailer and the 19 pieces of music from the Soundtrack played individually to similar screens as the menu.
May 9th, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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