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(aka 'Casanova' or 'Fellini's Casanova')

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Italy / USA 1976

Fellini recounts episodes from the life of Italy's greatest lover in his grandiose rendering of the memoirs of Casanova
 

According to Donald Sutherland, who embodies the eponymous 17th-century love machine in Fellini's Casanova, the celebrated Italian director was inspired to make the movie partly in response to a gruesome news story of the day: two Roman rich kids murdered a woman and while on their way to dispose of the body, stopped off at a friend's party to whoop it up.

The world of Casanova, peopled with Fellini's favored cast of degenerates, freaks and idiot crowds is a stylized transposition of this decadent contemporary landscape. The blasť, nouveau riche European sensibility which Fellini exposed a decade or so earlier with La Dolce Vita (1960) is distilled once more in the morally void Casanova and the grotesquery of his artificial surroundings.
 

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

Posters

Theatrical Release: December 7th, 1976

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Comparison:

Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

1) Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL LEFT

2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

 

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Fremantle Home Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Mr. Bongo
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Kino
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:27:45 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:34:01.333 2:34:01.333 2:35:15.764
Video 1.73:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.6 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,734,249,356 bytes

Feature: 30,854,787,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,620,254,382 bytes

Feature: 34,532,352,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,895,574,022 bytes

Feature: 45,868,056,576 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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

Bitrate:

FreMantle

Bitrate: Carlotta

Blu-ray

Bitrate: Mr. Bongo:

Blu-ray

Bitrate: Kino:

Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0) , French (Dolby Digital 2.0)   LPCM Audio English 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio French 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
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

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1870 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1870 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1990 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1990 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2023 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2023 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None French, None English, None English (SDH) for English audio, English (for Italian audio), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.73:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Casanova, Fellini and Me (53:24)
• Featurette: The Magic of Fellini (45:22)
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2005

Double Slim Keep Case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta

Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,734,249,356 bytes

Feature: 30,854,787,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Et Il Casanova de Fellini (1:12:36)
• Featurette: Et Fellini Crea Le Casanova (28:32)

• Autour De Casanova (Picture-in-Picture)
• Photo Gallery

Blu-ray Release Date: October 8th, 2008
Bookstyle
Blu-ray sized case
Chapters: 32

Release Information:
Studio:
Mr. Bongo

Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,620,254,382 bytes

Feature: 34,532,352,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• None
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 7th, 2015
Black-Standard
Blu-ray case

Chapters 13

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,895,574,022 bytes

Feature: 45,868,056,576 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
• Trailer (2:54)
• Booklet essay by film scholar Alberto Zambenedetti PhD
 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 8th, 2020
Standard
Blu-ray case

Chapters 16

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (December 2020): Kino have transferred Fellini's Casanova to Blu-ray. A text screen informs us:

"Restoration of Fellini's Casanova (Federico Fellini, 1976) completed in 2019 by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce - Cinecitta at the Istituto Luce - Cinecitta laboratories from the original 35mm picture negative made available by Alberto Grimaldi Productions and from a positive track printed from the optical soundtrack negative. Sound restoration supervision by Federico Savina. "

It was restored for the 100th Anniversary of Fellini's birth.

It looks quite a bit different from, duplicate, Carlotta/Bongo 1080P. It is brighter approaching as bright as the Freemantle DVD. The colors are more natural and nuanced. It is housed on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. Flesh tones cool and there is grain noticeable. This is a notable bump ahead of the past BDs.    

NOTE: We have added 66 more large resolution Blu-ray captures (in lossless PNG format) for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE

On their Blu-ray, Kino offer both English and Italian language tracks in DTS-HD Master dual-mono (24-bit). There are plenty of effects from wind, rain, celebrations. crowds, electronic beeps, and an eclectic score by Nino Rota (I, Vitelloni, Juliet of the Spirits, Rocco and His Brothers, Death on the Nile, Il Bidone, 8 1/2, I Clowns, Purple Noon, The Leopard etc.) that sound is excellent via the lossless. Some of the post-DUB'ing is evident but not distracting. There are plenty of subtleties in the soundstage picked up deftly by the newly-restored track. Kino offer optional English (SDH) subtitles for the English translation and English for the Italian translation on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The only supplement, aside from a trailer, is a full-length commentary by Nick Pinkerton. It's excellent - he covers every nook and cranny of the production from the performers to Fellini to Sutherland and extensive history on the real Giacomo Casanova (1725-1789). Admirable for the length (more than 2.5 hour film) and the breadth of knowledge exported. The Kino also contains a liner notes 8-page booklet essay by film scholar Alberto Zambenedetti PhD entitled "Fellini's Cinematic Music Box".

This isn't part of Criterion's Essential Fellini Blu-ray package but it fits in well with the 2019 restoration in celebration of the director's 100th, both English and Italian tracks in lossless (at 24-bit), and a fabulous Pinkerton commentary and booklet essay. Strongly recommended!

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ADDITION: Mr. Bongo - Region FREE Blu-ray August 2015':

There are some similar features with both Blu-ray releases:

1) The Mr. Bongo is the exact same running time as the (now OOP?) Carlotta Blu-ray release - down the the 1/1000th of a second. (NOTE: This, alone, is a real telltale as we've seen on the few Spanish Blu-ray bootlegs we've reviewed in the past 3 years.)

2) Audio transfer both use linear PCM at 16-bit, but the Mr. Bongo has a higher Kbps.

3) The bitrate graph is similar but not exact.

4) The package states it is region 'B'. It is definitely region FREE.

Video/Audio quality is the same on both Blu-rays, Mr. Bongo is more technically robust but my eyes, ears and software can't distinguish any differences. Like most Mr. Bongo releases, there are optional English subtitles but they are displayed less consistently and there are no extras at all.

NOTE: We have heard from more than one individual that their French BD has 'rot'. Maybe why they stopped producing it? or perhaps they lost the rights?

Despite being bare-bones we endorse this Mr. Bongo Blu-ray, although subtitles could have been more thorough.  There is a Spanish Blu-ray bootleg HERE that I assume is a single-layered port of the Carlotta.

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ADDITION: Carlotta Blu-ray November 08':  Carlotta have produced a very strong Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray disc. The image improvement is one of the most dramatic we've seen. The dual-layered Blu-ray reinforces the boosting, cropping and vertical stretching of the Fremantle PAL DVD transfer. The 1080P image looks very impressive at times. Grain is visible in many spots and detail is dramatically superior with the substantially higher resolution. Colors seem very true without any manipulation. It offers mono audio choices in English, French or Italian and there are optional French subtitles.

The extras are in PAL and French and I can't really comment on them excepting that they appear to be quite substantial - over two hours long.

Carlotta continue to impress digital cineastes with their expansive selection of productions - now branching out very successfully into high-definition. This package's disc is unfortunately Region 'B' locked so fans outside of that restriction will require a region-free Blu-ray player or to watch it through HTPC. The hi-def REALLY helps bring out Fellini's dramatic visuals with shots of unique architecture and a rich color palette. This was a pleasure to watch later Fellini in 1080. Great job Carlotta! Let's see more!  

ON THE Fremantle SD-DVD: The DVD image quality looks weak - a shade thin in parts - and colors appear boosted. There is very minor debris in the form of speckles. It really looks like it may be stretched vertically and possibly cropped. There is plenty of noise on the anamorphic, progressive transfer. It is fairly unacceptable at this point. Audio has options for English, Italian and French, with all choices being utilized in original production. I listened to it in Italian leaving Sutherland's wonderful voice dubbed. The 2.0 channel tracks were acceptable if not stellar.

The 2nd disc of extras contains two informative featurettes that are highly interesting for Fellini fans. Input comes from Sutherland, Anthony Quinn and many who worked with or knew Fellini. I enjoyed both very much.

The style is pure Fellini and it makes for an intriguing viewing but we can hope fro a far better transfer to eventually come along one day soon. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Disc 2

 

 

Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


 

Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray


Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


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1) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SECOND

3) Kino (Eng translation) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Kino (Italian translation) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

Screen Captures

 

1) Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Fremantle Home Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Mr. Bongo - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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Recommended Books on Federico Fellini (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Federico Fellini
by Christopher Wiegand
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini, Isabel Quigley
The Cinema of Federico Fellini
by Peter Bondanella
The Films of Federico Fellini (Cambridge Film Classics)
by Peter Bondanella, Ray Carney
I'm a Born Liar: A Fellini Lexicon
by Damian Pettigrew
Fellini
by Lietta Tornabuoni
Fellini: A Life
by Hollis Alpert
I, Fellini
by Charlotte Chandler, Billy Wilder

Box Cover

 

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Fremantle Home Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Mr. Bongo
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Kino
Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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