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(aka "Uccellacci e Uccellini" or "The Hawks and the Sparrows")

 

directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy 1966

 

On a hot summer day, an old man (Italian comic Totň) and one of his eighteen children (Ninetto Davoli, TEOREMA) take to the road on foot. They meet a "left-wing intellectual" raven (voiced by Francesco Leonetti, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW) who attempts to enlighten the pair about their position in the class structure: exploiting those beneath them (like the tenants on their land who have given them all of their belongings for lack of payment) and being exploited by those above them (like the "engineer" who threatens to jail them when their own hardships leave them unable to pay their debts). During a lengthy flashback, Toto and Davoli become monks Brother Ciccillo and Brother Ninetto charged by Saint Francis with the task of preaching to the two rival "classes" of birds: the arrogant hawks and the humble sparrows.

HAWKS AND SPARROWS is definitely a Pasolini film rather than a Toto film. The humor comes as much from Toto's antics as the dialogue and the raven's commentary. Davoli role is much more substantial here than his clown/messenger roles in Pasolini's next few films. Ennio Morricone's humorous score (conducted as usual by Bruno Nicolai) seems equally influenced by sixties pop as it does his own spaghetti western work (he had already composed scores for nine films in this genre by 1966 including Sergio Leone's trilogy). The film's opening credits are "sung" by Grammy-winning Domenico Modugno (Toto himself sings the song "Carme, Carme" later in the film). Italian sexploitation star Femi Benussi (THE BLOODSUCKER LEADS THE DANCE) has a brief but prominent role as prostitute Luna who Toto and Davoli meet on the side of a road. Alfredo Bini had produced most of Pasolini's early output and their collaboration would end with Pasolini's next film OEDIPUS REX (the first of his Mythical Cycle quartet).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 4 May 1966 (Italy)

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Comparison:

Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Water Bearer Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Eureka Video
Region 2 - NTSC
Masters of Cinema - Spine # 136
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:28:24 1:28:36 1:28:33.791
Video

1.71:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 49,031,079,523 bytes

Feature Size: 19,024,862,592 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

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

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Water Bearer Films

 

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Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema)

 

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Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema)

Blu-ray 

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (burnt-in) English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Water Bearer Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.71:1

Edition Details:
� 'Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Filmmaker's Life' (4:3; 28:56)

DVD Release Date: 22 July 2003
Amaray

Chapters 1
 

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 3:23)
� Liner Notes Booklet

 

DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
Amaray

Chapters 17

Release Information:
Studio:
Masters of Cinema

 

Disc Size: 49,031,079,523 bytes

Feature Size: 19,024,862,592 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

 

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailers for both films (3:23 - Hawks, 2:43- Pigsty)
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays on both films by Pasquale Iannone, a 1969 interview by Oswald Stack with the director about Hawks and Sparrows; an English translation by Iannone of a 1974 interview with Pasolini discussing Totó; a 1969 note on Pigsty by Pasolini circulated at the Venice premičre; an extract from a 1969 interview by Gian Piero Brunetta with Pasolini; and rare archival imagery

 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 22nd, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 9

 

 

 

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

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (January 2016): While not as robustly transferred as the other film on the dial-layered Blu-ray disc; Pigsty - it is still a notable advancement beyond the SD - in this case in contrast and textures.

Masters of Cinema again go, an authentic, liner PCM (24-bit) for the audio track. Notable would be the score by Ennio Morricone (A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) which adds another positive notch to the production. There are optional English subtitles and besides the package including the other Pasolini film - there are theatrical trailers for both films (3:23 - Hawks, 2:43- Pigsty) and a liner notes booklet featuring essays on both films by Pasquale Iannone, a 1969 interview by Oswald Stack with the director about Hawks and The Sparrows; an English translation by Iannone of a 1974 interview with Pasolini discussing Totó; a 1969 note on Pigsty by Pasolini circulated at the Venice premičre; an extract from a 1969 interview by Gian Piero Brunetta with Pasolini; and rare archival imagery.

The director's fans should be quite pleased with this Blu-ray package that adds value with the two films and extensive booklet.

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ON THE MoC DVD: Eureka's high-bitrate, progressive, dual-layer, anamorphic Region 2 NTSC HD-mastered transfer of HAWKS AND SPARROWS is a touch brighter than Tartan's previous boxed-set Region 2 PAL release (going by the three captures in that review, which correspond to images 1, 3, and 6). The 320 kbps Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track is in great condition. The optional English subtitle are error-free (the birds' dialogue is presented as burnt-in Italian subtitles at the bottom of the frame so the English subs appear at the top of the frame during these sequences). The only extras for this "Masters of Cinema" presentation are the film's theatrical trailer (also subtitled) and a liner notes booklet (not provided for review).

In July, Eureka will be releasing three Pasolini titles including this one, PORCILE, and OEDIPUS REX. HAWKS AND SPARROWS and PORCILE are DVD-only while OEDIPUS REX is dual-format.

  - Eric Cotenas  

 


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1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 

 

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Distribution

Water Bearer Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Eureka Video
Region 2 - NTSC
Masters of Cinema - Spine # 136
Region 'B' - Blu-ray



 

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