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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze
Property is No Longer a Theft aka "La proprietà non è più un furto" [Blu-ray]
(Elio Petri, 1973)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Quasars Film Company
Video: Arrow Video
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,260,694,668 bytes
Feature Size: 28,510,894,080 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 28th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, none
•Brand-new interview with actor Flavio Bucci (19:46)
• Brand-new interview with producer Claudio Mancini (23:33)
• Brand-new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci (23:05)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni
Description: Having tackled the corrupting nature of power
with Investigation of a
Citizen Above Suspicion and taken an angry,
impassioned look at labour relations with The Working
Class Goes to Heaven, Italian master Elio Petri next
turned his attentions to capitalism for the darkly comic
Property is No Longer a Theft.
In his later years Elio Petri’s sardonic sense of humour appears to have allowed him to savour the irony of having been perhaps the only front-rank Italian director to have been refused entry to the prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the Italian National Film School in Rome, when he had applied to study there in 1948. Undeterred by the rejection, and while continuing to work as a journalist and film critic for the Communist daily L’Unità, he had subsequently made his way into the industry by co-scripting several films for already established neo-realist director Giuseppe De Santis, before managing to snare Marcello Mastroianni, still fresh from his stellar success in Federico Fellini’s La dolce vita (1960), to star in his first directed feature, L’assassino (The Assassin, 1961). He was able to entice Mastroianni to act for him again, this time opposite Ursula Andress, in the willfully kitschy but highly-engaging sci-fi fantasy, La decima vittima (The Tenth Victim, 1965).Excerpt from SenseofCinema located HERE
A lowly bank clerk, literally allergic to money and revolted by its nefarious influence on humanity, launches a campaign of harassment against a wealthy butcher, stealing small, insignificant items— but never money—from the man. The victim uses the thefts to make large and fraudulent insurance claims, refusing to finger the thief for fear his own financial improprieties might be exposed.
Italian Director Elio Petri, best known for his film Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, here tells a complicated tale about a bank clerk who is literally allergic to money. Not only that, the clerk (Flavio Bucci) doesn't like the effect money has on people. For some reason, he steals things from a dishonest butcher (Ugo Tognazzi). This gives the butcher a convenient opportunity to file huge insurance claims for the thefts.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the Atlantic to the best of our knowledge, with only cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.
Property in No Longer a Theft gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow cited as a "4K restoration from the original film negative". It is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 2 hour feature. It is exceptionally clean and has a heavy, film-like appearance. It seems to be a solid representation of the original theatrical film. It is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and contrast and detail, notably in close-ups, are rich and thick. They are a few examples of depth and many colors are dark with a bold appearance. This Blu-ray supplies an impressive 1080P presentation.
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Audio is transferred via a faithful linear PCM mono track at 1536 kbps (16-bit) in the original Italian language. Only a handful effects that the lossless handles easily. The score by the iconic Ennio Morricone (Luna, 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.) tying a serious tone into the lighter moments. It's buoyant and clean. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' + 'B'.
There are 20-minute X 3, brand new, interviews with actor Flavio Bucci, producer Claudio Mancini and with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci all remembering the production and Petri - in Italian with English subtitles. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh and for the first pressing there is an illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni.
March 31st, 2017
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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