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Marriage Italian Style [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Alfio Vita, Alberto Castaldi, Aldo Puglisi
  • Directors: Vittorio De Sica
  • Producers: Carlo Ponti
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: May 17 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,611 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Sophia Loren stars in this comedy about a successful businessman who kept a woman as his mistress for several years and now plans to marry another woman, until his mistress pretends to be on her deathbed to induce him to marry her before she dies.

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Format: Blu-ray
NOTE TO AMAZON: Will you PLEASE delete the stupid commentaries/reviews from 8-10 years ago of the DVD version of Marriage Italian Style and show the Blu-ray review(s) ONLY? Casey Broadwater's review on Blu-ray.com is an excellent reference for anyone wishing to buy the 2011 Blu-ray release of this very good and funny 1964 movie starring the ever sexy Sophia Loren and the always great Marcello Mastroianni. And as a bonus (so to speak) it's directed by the legendary Vittorio De Sica. What more do you want?
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The picture quality of this DVD resembles a very old video tape of the poorest quality, even though the Amazon web site and the product packaging describe it as 'Digitally remastered'. The quality is so bad that it actually hurts your eyes to watch the movie, as it is very `grainy'.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa65e5018) out of 5 stars 131 reviews
83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6359ccc) out of 5 stars Terrible quality Dec 13 2005
By fred movie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Hands off - this great movie was transfered to DVD in the worst quality I've ever seen. The whole item is simply garbage.

I was really looking forward to the release of that film, but the result is not only disappointing but also a disaster. Of course, one can not always demand a transfer quality on the level that criterion has established with its releases ("divorce italian style", to cite just one example of that great collection), but there is a minimum of quality standards to be followed.

Although amazon is neither responsible for the content nor the quality standards of the offered products, they should be able to find a way to rate new products in the DVD section initially. Especially from a point of view that has its focus in reviewing the picture transfer, audio quality, language and subtitle options.

Considering this item, I would recommend to delete it from the sales list. In my humble opinion, customer service means, to prevent people from purchasing products like that one.....
65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa640b7bc) out of 5 stars Awful transfer Dec 1 2005
By Jeffrey Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Avoid this until a legitimate version is released. The English subtitled version is pan and scan from a dupey print with limited subtitles and grain the size of boulders. PLEASE save your money. The Italian only is a hair better in that it is anamorhic, but still a subpar picture (and no subtitles). Assume film is Public Domain for this is the worst DVD I've ever purchased.....
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb7093dd4) out of 5 stars Major Disappointment Jan. 11 2006
By big nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw the last 20 minutes of this movie on TV several years ago and have been waiting for it to become available on DVD ever since. What a disappointment! As other reviewers have stated over and over, the quality is terrible. So why did I give it 2 stars instead of the lowest rating? First it is a great movie. Second, for reasons which I do not understand, the quality is good if you do not use subtitles. So if you understand Italian I can recommend it. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa640b810) out of 5 stars Good film, mediocre tape Jan. 15 2002
By E. McElroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Others have commented on the film's classic status so I won't repeat those comments here. Instead, I just want to warn potential purchasers of the video quality. The picture lacks resolution and colors are smeared with poor edge integrity (meaning the colors of objects smear into adjacent areas). The colors are also artificially intense. Overall, the copy quality is about on a par with that of real-time dubs using home VHS equipment. Given that we now live in a world of high quality [price]tapes from the major studios, the quality of this tape given its extremely high price is ludicrous. The rating is three stars: 4 for the movie and 2 for the tape copy (I have seen poorer quality tapes but at least the sellers charged a price consistent with the quality of the tapes).
Note: For future readers, this review applies to the videotape copy of the film sold by Jef Films during the year 2001 ...
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa635b63c) out of 5 stars A wonderful movie, unfairly downgraded for some video problems Jan. 6 2008
By kaream - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Sophia Loren is at the top of her game in this 1964 film by Vittorio de Sica, and she and Marcello Mastroianni display real chemistry acting together. The story is much more than just a slick comedy, and can keep you guessing what's coming next.

Most of the reviews here complain bitterly about the poor quality of the DVD transfer. Well, it isn't great, but I've seen far worse. And it's really only in the first few minutes of the movie that the video quality is especially poor; it improves considerably a little further on, and then remains that way.

At least one reviewer has remarked that without subtitles the video quality is much better. There's a simple explanation for this. There are actually two separate complete copies of the movie on the DVD, taken from different sources. If you'll notice, the Carlo Ponti Italian release (without subtitles) begins with red curtains, whereas the Joseph E Levine American release, with burned-in subtitles, omits that intro. The original Italian copy that was used for that portion of the DVD was in much better condition than the original of the American release.

The bottom line is, if you care more about how sharp your picture is than about the qualities of the movie itself, then this is definitely to be avoided. But if you're able to excuse a less-than-pristine copy of an important film, or alternately, if you can manage some Italian without subtitles, then go for it.

EDIT: One previous reviewer complained that the movie is dubbed, and another complained that the English version was wanted but the Italian version had been sent.

Neither of the two different copies on this DVD is dubbed into English; both are in the original Italian. I'm not aware of a dubbed version ever having been made. The American release of the movie has subtitles in English (granted, not the best or most complete job of subtitling possible, but not at all bad -- they're in the film stock itself rather than being added for the DVD, and are exactly the same as what you would have seen in a theater in 1964), while the Italian copy does not.

I sense a bit of piling-on in these reviews -- something doesn't meet your highest expectations, and then you find all these 1-star reviews here, which just reinforces your own disappointment, so you add another one instead of putting the situation into perspective. Many of these old Joseph E Levine releases of foreign films are in fair-to-poor condition, and the DVD issuer used the best copy they could find; they didn't screw it up just out of laziness or to annoy people. It's true that with a lot of expensive equipment and an enormous amount of time and labor a film can go through a restoration process where each frame is digitally cleaned up, and perhaps eventually an outfit like Criterion may turn their attention to this one. In the meantime, this is what there is.

So don't buy this DVD unless you're willing to watch a great movie with less-than-perfect video.