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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Seven Beauties' or 'Pasqualino: Seven Beauties')

Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Italy 1975

 

Lina Wertmüller's harrowing 1976 film stars Giancarlo Giannini as a petty crook with seven unattractive sisters to support, and it features a picaresque, World War II-era journey through a prison asylum, army service, and a Nazi concentration camp. Wertmüller is more indulgent in highbrow sadomasochism than she is real profundity, but there's no denying that the film is powerful in its story of subjugation and survival. A climactic scene in which Giannini saves his skin at the camp by seducing its disgusting female commandant is unnervingly honest. Giannini became a '70s international icon partially on the basis of this work.

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Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties (1975) stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. Something of a tool, and a tool of history, he is captured by the Germans and sent to a concentration camp, where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Outrageously funny and harrowingly sad, it is one of Lina Wertmuller's most enduring and haunting works.

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Theatrical Release: May 4th, 1975 - Paris

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Comparison:

Koch Lorber Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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This can also be found in the Lina Wertmuller Collection (Summer Night / The Nymph / Swept Away / Seven Beauties / Ferdinando and Carolina) available here:

              

Distribution Koch Lorber Films - Region 0 - NTSC Kino Lorber
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:56:12  1:56:30.149 
Video 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,213,797,931 bytes

Feature: 33,990,168,576 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English), Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (English)   DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1916 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1916 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Koch Lorber Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Lina Wertmüller interview (1:17:36)
• Lina Wertmüller trailers
• Koch advert 

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2006

Double Slim Keep Case
Chapters: 26

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,213,797,931 bytes

Feature: 33,990,168,576 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps


Edition Details:

Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmuller (16:23)
Interview with director Amy Heckerling (9:33)
Trailers
Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and film historian Claudia Consolati, Ph.D
 

Standard Blu-ray case

Blu-ray Release Date: September 19th, 2017

Chapters:
8

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray October 17': Kino's new Blu-ray is another of the restored Wertmuller transfers. We've reviewed Swept Away, Ferdinando and Carolina and Summer Night. Like those previously compared this is a dramatic difference from the decade-old DVD. The frequent golden hue is reportedly more accurate to the theatrical presentation. I don't know. We seem to have a little less information on top and more on the right edge. The Blu-ray is 1.85:1 as opposed to 1.66:1 (which IMDb states is correct). The SD transfer looked strong despite lack of 16X9 enhancement but the higher resolution advances in detail, depth and film grain. I can't tell you what Seven Beauties looked like originally but I can tell you that this 1080P is pretty sweet and crisp in-motion. I really enjoyed the HD viewing.

Like the DVD, the audio remains out-of-sync at times - we presume this to be accurate. The Blu-ray offers an adept DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at1916 kbps (24-bit) in the original Italian. There are aggressive effects that carry depth and a score by Enzo Jannacci (Gran Bollito) that balances the swagger and pathos. It sounds supported well in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles on thye Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

We get a 1/4 hour excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, Valerio Ruiz's 2015 documentary on Lina Wertmuller. There is another 9-minute interview with director Amy Heckerling who extols the film and describes her admiration for the director. There are also a batch of Wertmuller trailers and the package has a liner notes booklet with essays by director Allison Anders and film historian Claudia Consolati, Ph.D.

Powerful and unforgettable film - I'm unsure if there will be a debate about the ratio or appearance but I can only say that I was far more deeply impacted by Seven Beauties on Blu-ray than in any other viewing I've had. Positively, a must-see film.

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ON THE DVD: As already reported throughout the web, this is the same feature presentation that can be found in the The Lina Wertmuller Collection (Summer Night / The Nymph / Swept Away / Seven Beauties / Ferdinando and Carolina). It is still in the original aspect ratio of 1.66 and still NOT 16X9 enhanced. We have noted previously that a few DVD production houses won't anamorphize 1.66 features because they feel the black borders on the side of most systems will be confusing to the viewer. Regardless of that silliness - this image doesn't look too bad at all. It's progressive, colors are well balanced and it has some detail to it. Black levels are acceptable and the transfer is generally very bright. The optional subtitles are an ugly yellow font and there excessive audio options (3 original language and 3 English DUBs!). I noted a few instances of out-of-sync audio which seems common with many Italian films of this era (or before).

The long interview with Wertmüller on the 2nd disc covers quite a lot - as much as anyone might wish to know of her career and some of her personal life. It was interesting to view. She has a very charming side to her.

The package has had some effort put into it, but it is not at Criterion level. As opposed to the 1:17 interview I'd have preferred a commentary, but perhaps I'm looking a gift-horse in the mouth. The film is certainly worthy of masterpiece status - a harrowing extravaganza - and almost universally regarded as Wertmüller's best. For that reason alone it should be viewed. We consider this a very worthy addition to any DVD collection.

Gary W. Tooze


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1) Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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1) Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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This can also be found in the Lina Wertmuller Collection (Summer Night / The Nymph / Swept Away / Seven Beauties / Ferdinando and Carolina) available here:

              

Distribution Koch Lorber Films - Region 0 - NTSC Kino Lorber
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray




 

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