I concur with Scott Richardson's comments, though it would be helpful to give this item a one-star rating to reflect how poor a job the fly-by-night Water Bearer company has done with this release. (To say the least, I'm not giving the actual films by Pasolini one star; the greatness of the films is the _reason_ this shoddy product should receive one star.) The picture/transfer quality is mediocre, and it is so ridiculous (not merely inconvenient, but _lazy_ and unhelpful to close study of these films) to not include chapter index points. Let me emphasize: you CANNOT SKIP THROUGH THE MOVIE: if you hit the forward "skip" button on your control, the movie begins all over again. _If_ it's true that the Pasolini Foundation requested that chapters be removed---and I cannot remember ever seeing a DVD inhibited this way---then they should just go all the way and only allow the films to be available on 16mm reels for home viewing. Or better yet, just seal them all in a vault so that people can only remember/talk about them. Except that _memory_ includes a "skip" function.
And also, at least on two different-model DVD players I used, the fast-forward (shuttle) option doesn't work well with these discs. (Though it works fine with all other DVDs.)
Just to emphasize the problems with the transfers, let me take one example; I should mentioned that a number of times during the wonderful ACCATONE, with its gorgeous B&W photography; you can see a horizontal, distorted line---like a "warp" in the image---travel from the bottom to the top of the screen. This isn't a flaw in the DVD; it almost seems that the DVD transfer was from a flawed videotape, and nobody bothered to watch the final DVD image before they pressed and released the product.
Finally, and perhaps most egregious, Water Bearer hasn't bothered to use decently formatted subtitles. They are not optional---you can't turn them off, if you happen to know Italian, or if you'd like to re-experience the movie without the distraction of subtitles---and they are in an non-outlined white that becomes almost completely invisible when the compositions of the films (especially B&W film) provide a white or light-colored background to the subtitles. This is absolutely ridiculous, and convinces me that the crooks at Water Bearer don't watch the products that they ask us to pay for. Do they even particularly care about cinema at Water Bearer, or is it a cheap identity-politics/niche-market game? How much more would it cost to simply DO THIS JOB RIGHT? So, to reiterate, if you don't know Italian and _need_ the subtitles, you won't be able to read them easily or at all for long stretches of time; if you know Italian, and would like the subtitles optionally, you _won't_ be able to turn them off. Based on their Pasolini issues, I'd say Water Bearer are amateurs who operate without competence or ethics. Not every independent/foreign/art film distributor needs to operate at the standards of the Criterion Collection, but Water Bearer should be ridiculed out of business for dragging Pasolini through the mud. Better to just downloaded these films illegally. Shame on the Pasolini Foundation, or whoever passes out licenses, for caring so little about the master's legacy; at least in N. America, where Pasolini's style and his messages and his complexity are perhaps more badly needed than anywhere else in the world, still. The life of this complicated, flawed, thoughtful, dissident, humane filmmaker deserves better than a shoddy money-grab.