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BThe Most Beautiful Wife aka "La moglie pił bella" [Blu-ray]
(Damiano Damiani, 1970)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (P.A.C.)
Video: Twilight Time
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 36,878,919,271 bytes
Feature Size: 30,735,372,288 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: August, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1799 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1799 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1799 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1799 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1655 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1655 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English (SDH), None
•Sicily, Ornella, the Mafia, and Beyond (45:43)
• Introduction by Director Damiano Damiani (1:00)
• Isolated Score Track
• Original Theatrical Trailer (3:37)
• Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 Copies!
Description: Director Damiano Damiani's The Most Beautiful Wife (La Moglie Pił Bella, 1970) stars the then 14-year-old beauty, Ornella Muti, as a real-life Sicilian girl who dared to challenge the local Mafia. Instead of acceding to a malignant old custom allowing a young Don to kidnap and rape a prospective bride, she puts her foot down and goes to the police, unleashing the rage of the mobsters, but also the disapproval of her family and neighbors. Highlighted by a score from the great maestro, Ennio Morricone, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
An interesting film that mixes up crime, drama and human interest The
Most Beautiful Wife really centers around its female lead, Ornella
Muti. Not only is she completely gorgeous in this film but her
performance is excellent as well making her the perfect choice for the
part. We can see quite easily why Vito obsesses over her and while that
hardly forgives his reprehensible actions the audience is at least able
to understand why he wants her so much. Alessio Orano is also quite good
as Vito, playing the role of the rather reprehensible spoiled brat quite
well. We know he’s been raised in and around the mob so it makes sense
that he’s turned out the way he has but he’s still a dirtbag and Orano’s
performance ensures that this is never too far from our minds.
This superior crime drama from 1970 is based on the real-life Franca
Viola, a Sicilian teenager who defied the combined wrath of both the
Mafia and her community. Viola was kidnapped and raped as a way of
forcing her to consent to marriage. She held out against social pressure
and death threats until the offender was convicted. Damiani’s script
changes the names but stays with the facts, turning the grim story into
a compelling drama.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Most Beautiful Wife comes to Twilight Time Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with their usual high bitrate. The visuals support a lot of grain. Colors show some richness and there is even depth but the most film-like quality is the texture. This Blu-ray gives a consistently strong presentation in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio - probably as good as it will get for this film.
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The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1799 (24-bit) is offered in both original Italian and and, less effective, English DUB. Effects carry hollow depth. The impressive score is 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.) and isanother excellent one by the esteemed composer and supports the film, and sounds gritty, in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
Also found on the old NoShame DVD we get the documentary; Sicily, Ornella, the Mafia, and Beyond that has interviews with Damiano Damiani, Mino Giarda, Antonio Siciliano and others running over 3/4 of an hour. There is a short introduction by director Damiano Damiani, Twilight Time's usual Isolated Score Track and a trailer. The package has liner notes by Julie Kirgo and is limited to 3,000 Copies.
September 15th, 2016
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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Gary W. Tooze
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