Mr. Bongo will be releasing Antonioni's Cronaca di un amore on 19 Nov. No extras though, priced at Â£10.
I have a checkdisc of this - I'll dig it out later tonight and report back.
(I'm certainly not assuming all their releases are as bad as The Adversary
, any more than I rank Second Run by the standards of the VHS-quality Romeo, Juliet and Darkness
OK, I now have a final production copy of Story of a Love Affair
(which is the title on the box), and a quick glance suggests that it's a vast improvement on The Adversary
in that it has a decent source print with optional electronic subtitles. It also appears to be native PAL.
That said, it still falls some way short of MoC's Bellissima
, my personal benchmark for Italian films of this vintage. The source print is OK in terms of greyscale (nice rich blacks and whites without going overboard on the contrast), but the image is softer and muddier than I'd have expected for what claims to be transfer from a new print struck from the original negative. Also, it's interlaced.
Unlike The Adversary
, there are some extras - but nothing too exciting: still and poster galleries and something called "slideshow", which offers more of the same.
Still, for an RRP of a tenner, it's not too bad a package.
I've now watched it properly, and it's actually a pretty dreadful transfer. I think the source print was fine, and possibly the telecine too, but the picture is riddled with blocky artefacts and the sound has the same low-bitrate electronic tinniness that marred The Adversary
. To add insult to injury, the pointless American dub has superior sound - though that's not saying much.