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Re: Classic Italian Cinema (non R1, English-friendly)

#201 Post by Saimo » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:33 pm

"Parole dipinte" (1940-2009), a nice boxset featuring 20 documentaries by Luciano Emmer.
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#202 Post by Saimo » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:14 am

Necropolis (1970), an underground film starring Viva, Carmelo Bene and Pierre Clementi.
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#203 Post by rohmerin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:16 pm

Be careful with Mario Soldati I Grandi Registi Del Cinema Italiano 3 dvd box made by Cristaldi film
One discs (Signor Travet) doesn't work at all (dvd, macbook, PC). There's a review from an Italian user, so my print is not the only with troubles.
http://www.amazon.it/Mario-Soldati-Gran ... io+soldati" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I haved written to Cristaldi many weeks ago and there's not reply. I don't remember where or when I did buy this bloody box. ](*,)

After Lizzani's death, Paramount, what are you waiting for Banditi a Milano ?

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#204 Post by rohmerin » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:29 am

Elio Petri's masterpiece La Proprieta' Non E' Piu' Un Furto, finally gets a DVD release in Italy after wining the Venice Classics film festival section (Best restored film). http://www.amazon.it/La-Proprieta-Non-P ... UYA3XGA4XR" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Florinda Bolkan makes me straight

http://rohmerin.blogspot.com.es/2012/01 ... olkan.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metti una sera a cena (Trigtignant + Girardot + la Bolkan + the best Morricone score) is also released in Italy (dunno about subt or quality, unknown DVD company for me).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCq43OK92ws" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.amazon.it/Metti-Sera-Cena-Fl ... era+a+cena" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#205 Post by Saimo » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:00 am

rohmerin wrote:Metti una sera a cena (Trigtignant + Girardot + la Bolkan + the best Morricone score) is also released in Italy (dunno about subt or quality, unknown DVD company for me).
Mustang has acquired many titles from former Medusa catalogue.

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#206 Post by Saimo » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:04 pm

L.A. wrote:Tried ordering the Ma l'amor mio non muore! DVD from the Cineteca di Bologna store. 20,00€ for the postage :?.

Hopefully the Italian Amazon (for example) will sell this as well.
Ma l'amor mio non muore! (1913) is now available on Amazon.it
http://www.amazon.it/Borelli-lamor-libr ... 895862732/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Here you can find my DVD review:
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Re: Classic Italian Cinema (non R1, English-friendly)

#207 Post by L.A. » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:39 pm

^ Thanks for that.

From Italian silent cinema, hopefully we'll see Cabiria (1914) and Maciste in Hell (1925) on DVD as well, and with English subtitles of course.

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#208 Post by Saimo » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:54 am

Ripley's Home Video is currently working on a Francesca Bertini release...

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#209 Post by L.A. » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:24 am

Saimo wrote:Ripley's Home Video is currently working on a Francesca Bertini release...
If it's going to be English-friendly, then looking forward to it. :-)

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#210 Post by Saimo » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:08 pm

1860 (Alessandro Blasetti, 1934)
A chronicle of the unification of Italy as seen through the eyes of a young partisan.
A must see for anyone interested in Italian cinema or Italian culture.
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#211 Post by Juan Meyer » Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:13 am

Uomini Contro by Francesco Rosi has just been released or will be soon by Raro Video

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#212 Post by ellipsis7 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:17 am

1860 must have been an influence on Visconti, most especially when he made IL GATTOPARDO...

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#213 Post by Saimo » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:35 am

In many aspects 1860 may be considered a precursor to Neorealism (on-location filming, non-professional actors, use of dialect, collective history), and in fact Blasetti re-released the film in 1951.

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#214 Post by ellipsis7 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:11 am

Blasetti is a fascinating figure spanning multiple eras of Italian cinema from the silent late 20s & early thirties right through to the late 60s, and, of course, his QUATTRO PASSI FRA LE NUVOLE (1942), a collaboration with Zavattini, with its quotidian style is also considered part of the earliest wave of neo-realism; Andre Bazin writing, when he saw the film in 1947, that the film was confirmation "of his admiration for the new school of Italian cinema".

[QUATTRO PASSI FRA LE NUVOLE is also available in an excellent edition with English subs from RHV.]

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#215 Post by Saimo » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:01 am

ellipsis7 wrote:[QUATTRO PASSI FRA LE NUVOLE is also available in an excellent edition with English subs from RHV.]
I am going to review this very soon.

In the meanwhile...
Dante's Inferno (1911), restored by Cineteca di Bologna.
Essential for anyone interested in early development of film style.
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#216 Post by twicebilled » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:25 am

I'm interested in making a large order through amazon to pick up releases from Cristaldi. Which titles are the ones to pick up (with english subs)?

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#217 Post by TMDaines » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:12 pm

Amazon.it tends to be fairly accurate with their subtitle listing, at least in the case of the Cristaldis. You can also see many of the rear covers on the site. Sadly, not a huge amount of their discs have English subtitles, and none of their new ones do. Their transfers are generally excellent though. Musts would be:

Riso amaro (Giuseppe De Santis - 1947)
Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Francesco Rosi - 1979)
Ogro (Gillo Pontecorvo - 1979) - Don't own this one but it has been on my wishlist for an age.
L'onorevole Angelina (Luigi Zampa - 1947) - Here you could pick up the Omaggio a Anna Magnani boxset that includes this and has the two Abbasso... commedies with English subtitles too, plus Lattuada's Il bandito (without English subtitles).

There's also these to get, but Criterion have released them too.

Kapò (Gillo Pontecorvo - 1960) - - (unsubtitled) extras, unlike Criterion
I soliti ignoti (Mario Monicelli - 1958) - roughly same (unsubtitled) extras as Criterion
Le notti bianche (Luchino Visconti - 1957) - roughly same (unsubtitled) extras as Criterion
Sedotta e abbandonata (Pietro Germi - 1964) - roughly same (unsubtitled) extras as Criterion
Divorzio all'italiana (Pietro Germi - 1961) - less (unsubtitled) extras than Criterion

Finally, many of the Totò comedies have English subs, but these aren't his finest films and I know little about them.

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If you'd like, I can recommend a lot more classic Italian films that have been released with English subtitles in Italy? I've got a database with all the DVDs I own and I can easily filter for Italian DVDs with English subtitles. Ripley's Home Video and a couple of other labels have a lot of good stuff.

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Re: Italian DVDs With Italian Subs

#218 Post by TMDaines » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:13 am

La dolce vita announced on Blu-ray in Italy. So that's Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan which all have releases or a firm announcement. Here's hoping an announcement from MoC or Arrow, or even Criterion, could be imminent.

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#219 Post by ellipsis7 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:45 am

How good are Mustang Entertainment? They do however appear to be putting out a lot in 2014, and everyone's working from the same restored HD master... Have the German BR so far, don't know yet if the French Pathe disc is an improvement (apart from an added DD5.1 mix), might double dip for this Italian release... Paramount won their US rights case last June so hopefully a North American BR is imminent... Don't know about the UK rights, but there has never been a satisfactory UK/IRL DVD release pointing to possible difficulties there...

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Re: Italian DVDs With Italian Subs

#220 Post by TMDaines » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:48 am

Mustang have basically just been outputting much of the old catalogue of Medusa, since they were bought out by Warner. Nearly all of Medusa's stuff went OOP last year, rendering dozens of pieces of classic Italian cinema unavailable worldwide, but Mustang have slowly been bringing many of these old editions back into print, whilst doing some new stuff. I'm not sure of the relationship between them and Medusa and Warner, but they're a good solid label.

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#221 Post by ellipsis7 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:49 pm

Yes, looking in to it, I see Mustang rereleased the Medusa 'Cinema Forever' LA DOLCE VITA 2 DVD set in October... This has decent Eng subs, so there's every chance the forthcoming BluRay will include English as well as Italian subs...

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#222 Post by rohmerin » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:28 am

Now my Signor Travet DVD disc works, I tried it in another brand DVD player! How strange !

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#223 Post by ellipsis7 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:55 am

It seems the Mustang Entertainment BR of LA DOLCE VITA will be identical to the Cinema Forever edition and Amazon confirms it will have English as well as Italian subs, as the DVD already has...

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#224 Post by ellipsis7 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:34 pm

The back cover of the Mustang Ent BR of LA DOLCE VITA released yesterday, confirming specs...

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#225 Post by Saimo » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:46 pm

L'imperatore di Capri (Emperor of Capri, 1949) a twisted farce by Luigi Comencini, starring Totò.
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