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4 Amarcord

#1 Post by Martha » Wed Nov 03, 2004 12:11 pm

Amarcord

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In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini’s most personal film satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score. The Academy Award–winning Amarcord remains one of cinema’s enduring treasures.

SPECIAL FEATURES

- Restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
- Fellini’s Homecoming, a 45-minute documentary on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past
- Video interview with star Magali Noël
- Federico Fellini’s drawings of characters in the film
- Felliniana, a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord from the collection of Don Young
- Archival audio interviews with Fellini and his friends and family, by longtime radio film critic Gideon Bachmann
- Restoration demonstration
- Deleted scene
- American release trailer
- Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Rohdie and Fellini’s 1967 essay My Rimini

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#2 Post by FilmFanSea » Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:51 pm

In the DVD Times review of the 2-disc R2 French edition of Amarcord (released in October 2004), comparison screenshots are made with the Criterion. Despite the fact that this early CC release is non-anamorphic, its picture quality is clearly superior to the anamorphic R2. The extras sound great, but for those planning to upgrade for better picture quality, you might want to wait for a (hoped-for) Criterion re-release.

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#3 Post by david hare » Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:51 pm

If onyl I could still watch the Criterion disc of this (which I bought umpteen years ago.) It WAS clearly superior to R2 in both restoration and color but - has anyone else had this problem? My disc refused to play about a year ago and has been silent and unmoving ever since!! (This is the only DVD I have bought in 7 years to do this!!) Yes here's to an anamorphic transfer of their restored print.

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#4 Post by Lino » Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:15 pm

It happened the same thing to me. It simply stopped playing! I've tried on different players and even on different computers but nothing happens... I thought I was the only one!

This was my very first Criterion that I bought ages ago and I sure hope this isn't going to start happening to all the other older ones...

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#5 Post by Simon » Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:57 pm

You should try contacting Mulvaney and see if they will send you a new disk if you send your defective one. I know some companies do, it would be nice to know if Criterion does.
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#6 Post by Elephant » Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:24 pm

My Amarcord also stopped playing after a couple years, no matter which player I tried. I figured I'd scratched it or something, but now that I see others are having the same problem, I wonder if Criterion can do something about it . . .

That's if I didn't throw it away recently when I was moving all my DVDs to a new shelving system. Bleh.

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#7 Post by david hare » Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:48 pm

How interesting. It is looking more and more like a faulty batch if not pressing. Unfortunately I had a fit of anal obsessiveness and threw out the dead Criterion last year after recording Amarcord from anamorphic Digital TV (unfortunately this is the same print as the crappy R2 and misframed to 1.78.) I kept the cover though. Does anyone think Mulvaney would replace these??

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#8 Post by The Digital McGuffin » Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:37 pm

I had a defective copy of The Vanishing (no scratches) and contacted him about it last year and he was quite happy to send out a replacement if I sent him the defective one. He did mention though that he was only able to send replacements within the US and Canada ... which doesn't really help me here in the UK, so I didn't get round to doing anything about it unfortunately. He was very good about it though and should probably be able to help those of you in North America.

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#9 Post by Ashirg » Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:54 am

I had the same problem with my Amarcord DVD. I sent a letter to Jon Mulvaney and he told me to ship it for exchange. Now I can't find where I put that disc....

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#10 Post by cdnchris » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:07 pm

After reading this thread I threw mine in to make sure it was okay. It was and I ended up watching the whole thing again. Forgot what a delightful little film it is and one of the few Fellini's I really really enjoy.

Thanks to all for freaking me out about whether it plays or not, forced me to watch it again.

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#11 Post by dx23 » Sun May 07, 2006 9:39 pm

Mcarver at DVDTalk.com is listing Amacord along with the Third Man, and several Kurosawas as going Out of Print. Are they going OOP or is it just Image changing the UPC?

Here is the linkwith the listing saying that is OOP.

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#12 Post by zedz » Sun May 07, 2006 9:54 pm

The soon-to-be-upgraded Kurosawas will need to be going out-of-print pretty soon, but there haven't been any inklings of an upgraded Amarcord - though apparently it could do with it. I thought the current Third Man disc was good, but it's been some time since I've watched it. A disc that should be going OOP in the near future is Grey Gardens.

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#13 Post by FilmFanSea » Sun May 07, 2006 9:55 pm

I smell an anamorphic, special edition upgrade (and about time, too). Very interesting development.

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#14 Post by kinjitsu » Sun May 07, 2006 9:59 pm

dx23 wrote:Mcarver at DVDTalk.com is listing Amacord along with the Third Man, and several Kurosawas as going Out of Print. Are they going OOP or is it just Image changing the UPC?

Good question. Here is the complete list of discontinued titles that I managed to pull up from Michael's Movie Mayhem.

Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics: The Seven Samurai / The Hidden Fortress / Yojimbo / Sanjuro VAR Foreign Criterion/Voyager Discontinued
Amarcord 1974 Foreign Criterion/Voyager Discontinued
Sanjuro 1962 Foreign Criterion/Voyager Discontinued
Seven Samurai (Special Edition) 1954 Foreign Criterion/Voyager Discontinued
Third Man (Special Edition/ Criterion/Voyager) 1949 Mystery/Suspense Criterion/Voyager Discontinued
Yojimbo 1961 Foreign Criterion/Voyager Discontinued

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#15 Post by Gigi M. » Sun May 07, 2006 10:08 pm

About time. Amarcord is one of the most overpriced DVDs ever.

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#16 Post by Cinesimilitude » Sun May 07, 2006 11:47 pm

I'll buy an anamorphic one, even though I just picked up the original release a month ago.

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#17 Post by cdnchris » Mon May 08, 2006 12:42 am

Amarcord could really use a new edition. But The Third Man? I still think the DVD is excellent. The picture is still pretty damn good and the supplements are fantastic. I don't know how they could top it really.
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#18 Post by Gordon » Mon May 08, 2006 12:46 am

I was speculating about a new SE of The Third Man a few months back. It's a good set and could be improved upon, but really, we need new editions of Andrei Rublev; Walkabout; High and Low; Diabolique; The Red Shoes and, to as lesser degree, Picnic at Hanging Rock. The next newsletter may divulge more info, of course.

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#19 Post by daniel p » Mon May 08, 2006 12:52 am

I agree, the transfer of The Third Man leaves little room for costworthy improvement, but I guess it could be beefed up slightly in other areas.

I really want High & Low to get a re-release, and Andrei Rublev.

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#20 Post by Jeff » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:00 pm

new edition specs:

* All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Commentary by scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
* New 45-minute documentary, "Fellini's Homecoming"
* Video interview with star Magali Noel
* Fellini's drawings of characters in the film
* "Felliniana" collection devoted to the film
* Audio interviews with Fellini, his friends and family
* New restoration demonstration
* American release trailer
* Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* A book featuring Fellini's memoir La Mia Rimini and essay by Sam Rohdie

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#21 Post by Gigi M. » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:02 pm

What an impresive list of extras. Can't wait.

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#22 Post by Antoine Doinel » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:21 pm

The new artwork is really great.

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#23 Post by justeleblanc » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:34 pm

You know, I no longer seem to mind the artist. I did with the Lubitsch, but now I kinda dig him or her.

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#24 Post by richast2 » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:20 pm

release of the year.

along with Joan of Arc, this is probably my favorite film in the collection, and it's the disc I've watched the most. I'm very, VERY excited about this!

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#25 Post by Narshty » Wed Jun 14, 2006 6:14 pm

Talk about atoning for past sins - this is a sensational upgrade. Criterion are becoming newfound saviors of lost film literature at the moment - first the long-absent Six Moral Tales, now Fellini's La Mia Rimini, which has been going on Ebay for up to 150 Euros recently.

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