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(aka "Cabiria" or "Nights of Cabiria" or "Les Nuits de Cabiria")

 

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Italy 1957

 

In the fifth of their immortal collaborations, Federico Fellini and the exquisitely expressive Giulietta Masina completed the creation of one of the most indelible characters in all of cinema: Cabiria, an irrepressible, fiercely independent sex worker who, as she moves through the sea of Rome’s humanity, through adversity and heartbreak, must rely on herself—and her own indomitable spirit—to stay standing. Winner of the best actress prize at Cannes for Masina and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Nights of Cabiria brought the early, neorealist-influenced phase of Fellini’s career to a transcendent close with its sublimely heartbreaking yet hopeful final image, which embodies, perhaps more than any other in the director’s body of work, the blend of the bitter and the sweet that define his vision of the world.

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Giulietta Masina won Best Actress at Cannes as the title character of one of Fellini’s most haunting films. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) is the tragic story of a naive prostitute searching for true love in the seediest sections of Rome.

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Theatrical Release: May 11th 1957 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Comparison:

Criterion Collection Spine # 49 - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Umbrella Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

Presently only available in Criterion's Essential Fellini Blu-ray package with 14 films (15-Blu-rays)

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Criterion Collection Spine # 49 Region 0 - NTSC Umbrella Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:57:48        1:57:36 1:58:33.147 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.96 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,924,501,810 bytes

Feature: 31,511,500,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Criterion:

Bitrate Umbrella:

Bitrate Criterion (from Essential Fellini) Blu-ray:

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono LPCM Audio Italian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection Spine # 49

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Exclusive video interview with former Fellini assistant Dominique Delouche
• Audio interview with producer Dino De Laurentiis (3:40)
• The original and re-release theatrical trailers
• Excerpt from Fellini’s The White Sheik, in which Masina makes her first appearance as Cabiria
• Restoration demonstration (6:19)

• Liner Notes - excerpt from I, Fellini

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 1999

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Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Umbrella Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none
 

DVD Release Date:  2018
Amaray

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,924,501,810 bytes

Feature: 31,511,500,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Giulietta Masina: The Power of a Smile, a 2004 documentary about Fellini’s wife and frequent collaborator (52:50)
• Two-hour, four-part 1960 interview with director Federico Fellini by filmmaker André Delvaux for Belgian television (Part 3 - 33:19)
• Interview from 1999 with Fellini's assistant director Dominique Delouche (30:49)
• Audio interview with Dino De Laurentiis (3:42)
• Original theatrical trailer (3:57)
• Re-release theatrical trailer (1:22)

 

PLUS: Deluxe packaging, including two lavishly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of content: notes on the films by scholar David Forgacs, essays by filmmakers Michael Almereyda, Kogonada, and Carol Morley; film critics Bilge Ebiri and Stephanie Zacharek; and novelist Colm Tóibín, and dozens of images spotlighting Don Young’s renowned collection of Fellini memorabilia
Collector’s set designed by Raphael Geroni, with new illustrations by Abigail Giuseppe


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 24th, 2020
Custom Blu-ray Case (see below)

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (October 2020): Criterion have transferred Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria to Blu-ray as part of their 14 films (15-Blu-rays) package of Essential Fellini that includes Toby Dammit 1968, Variety Lights 1950, The White Sheik 1952, I vitelloni 1953, La strada 1954, Il bidone 1955, Nights of Cabiria 1957, La dolce vita 1960, 1963, Juliet of the Spirits 1965, Fellini Satyricon 1969, Roma 1972, Amarcord 1973, And the Ship Sails On 1983 and Intervista 1987. This is the 6th Blu-ray in the Essential Fellini package.

The package has "New 4K restorations" but the biggest issue with Nights of Cabiria was the digitization, artifacts and DNR of the DVDs going back more than 20-years ago to Criterion's. This has been replaced with a scintillatingly textured, darker and highly attractive 1080P image that looks beautiful in-motion. It shows more information in the top and sides over the SD transfers with a shade less on the bottom edge. I've been waiting for this title for as long as the BD format has existed. I have not been let down. This is a stunning film-like presentation that leaves the DVDs in the dust. I couldn't be more pleased.   

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Italian language. This would be a minor complaint that the authentically flat audio can make the film's music very tinny - almost unbearably so in the opening but I am happy to say that settles as the film runs. The post DUB'ing is, at times, imperfect but that is a function of the production. The melodic and memorable score is by Nino Rota (Juliet of the Spirits, Rocco and His Brothers, Death on the Nile, Il Bidone, 8 1/2, I Clowns, Purple Noon, The Leopard etc.) adding further emotion to the narrative. Criterion lose the English DUB of their DVD and offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Criterion Blu-ray has included both the 1/2 hour interview with Dominique Delouche (Delouche was director Federico Fellini's assistant from 1955 to 1960, working on the films Il bidone, Nights of Cabiria, and La doce vita. He has gone on to a successful career directing feature films, documentaries, and opera This interview was conducted at Delouche's Paris apartment in March 1999.) and the 4-minute audio interview with Dino De Laurentiis on this disc. Also included on the Nights of Cabiria Blu-ray is a 2006 documentary, Giulietta Masina: The Power of a Smile, which mixes numerous interviews and film clips to tell the story of the career of actor, Fellini’s wife and frequent collaborator, starting with her early work in radio. It runs 53-minutes. In the third episode of Second Look running 33-minutes, part of a four-part interview series Federico Fellini did on Belgian television in 1960, the director, actor Giulietta Masina, and screenwriter and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini discuss La strada and Nights of Cabiria. Included are the original theatrical trailer and re-release theatrical trailer.

NOTE: The deluxe packaging, includes two lavishly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of content: notes on the films by scholar David Forgacs, essays by filmmakers Michael Almereyda, Kogonada, and Carol Morley; film critics Bilge Ebiri and Stephanie Zacharek; and novelist Colm Tóibín, and dozens of images spotlighting Don Young’s renowned collection of Fellini memorabilia collector’s set designed by Raphael Geroni, with new illustrations by Abigail Giuseppe.

Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria is, probably, my favorite film of all time. Although perceptions change over the years - this has been constantly in my Top 5. The Blu-ray effect was fully in place in this viewing and the film was even more impacting via this new 4K-restored 1080P presentation. I could extol the film, Giulietta Masina's performance, the neo-realism touches etc. for many paragraphs. I will just state that this is an integral part of Criterion's upcoming Essential Fellini Blu-ray package... which is an obvious front-runner for best of the entire 2020 year. This is, indeed, essential.

Gary Tooze

ON THE DVDs: The newer Umbrella DVD in Region 0 - in the NTSC standard and has the same running time as the 'director's cut' Criterion. It is horizontally compressed with thinner faces and the Criterion looks more correct to me. The Aussie SD also shares the digitization issues that plagued the Criterion with both mild DNR and some edge-enhancement (see zoomed-in capture below). It has no menus or extras and starts with a 'Canal' logo followed by a 'La Paramount Prestenta' logo. Still worth owning to see the film as the Criterion is out-of-print and fetching big bucks.

This is my personal #1 request for Blu-ray treatment. I see it as Fellini's most impacting work and as the best film not to be in the 1080P format, yet. My suspicions are that the sources are in imperfect condition and it requites an extensive film-level restoration, although I seem to recall hearing something about that. Let's hope for a Nights of Cabiria Blu-ray soon!!

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1999: As stated on the Criterion box; "This new digital transfer was created from the restored 35mm dupe negative. The sound was created from the restored digital soundtrack. These new master elements were created through extensive replacement of damaged frames in the original negative and resynchronization of the restored sound." Looking at the Restoration Demonstration offered as an extra you can see the huge difference this cleaned print has made. Solid extras with the Dominique Delouche interview as the highlight.

 


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2) Umbrella Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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Edge enhancement halos on DVDs - Both DVD editions have digitization issues


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3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion Collection Spine # 49 - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Umbrella Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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Box Cover

Presently only available in Criterion's Essential Fellini Blu-ray package with 14 films (15-Blu-rays)

  

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Distribution Criterion Collection Spine # 49 Region 0 - NTSC Umbrella Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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