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To Be Twenty (AVERE VENT'ANNI) [Import]

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  • Format: Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Aug. 16 2011
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  • ASIN: B004XC5LQY
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa283d7a4) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25bee4c) out of 5 stars Not the original Avere Vent'Anni May 22 2012
By didmag - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Before you purchase this movie know that it is an Americanized version of the original film that has been chopped up and reassembled into a "G" rated variation of the foreign film. Picture quality is okay, sound is good, format is view-able. Not the original film so for my money not worth the purchase price.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa234fccc) out of 5 stars Viewers will wind up scratching their heads and running for their showers to wash the gross off of them Oct. 10 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Daryl Loomis, DVD Verdict --If nothing else, To Be Twenty shares one thing in common with essentially every Italian comedy I've seen--it's not funny. I'm sure there are cultural things at play that I don't understand, and the Italians take the classical comedy/tragedy dichotomy much more seriously than other countries do, but I still didn't laugh a single time, not even the briefest of chuckles. In fact, there are only two reasons to watch this movie and their names are Gloria Guida and Lilli Carati. It's not for their acting skills, though, far from it, but they have plenty of other attributes which help to pass the time. They are truly a formidable duo of Seventies hotness, but beyond that, we're left with Italian men in bad pants and a disco soundtrack that's amusing in how it grates on the ears.

The fact that Raro included both cuts in their two-disc package does make for an interesting comparison, even if it does force multiple viewings of the film. When To Be Twenty had its original theatrical run, people weren't exactly expecting the film to pan out as it does. They left the theater unhappy and did not return, despite its popular and marketable stars. It was almost immediately pulled from circulation and returned to the editing room where they stripped off the ending, repurposed some footage from the middle, and pulled some film off the cutting room floor to make a new, altogether bland non-finish to end the film. Ten minutes shorter, they returned it to the cinema where, go figure, it still made no money. This shows that, while audiences may not like to have their expectations for a genre defied, they also won't take badly assembled, incoherent garbage. As a result, with nothing but its hot stars to sell it, To Be Twenty was left in Nowheresville.

But now we have Raro to thank for pulling it from the depths and releasing it in a very acceptable package. The two versions of the film look very similar and show a fair amount of restoration work. They aren't perfect, with the occasional bit of print damage and some dirt to work through, but the colors are quite good, especially for the indoor scenes. Outdoors, the prints look a little washed out, but it's more than many similar films receive. The sound is nothing special, although I would have appreciated the customary English dub; the translation is terrible and you're often left with four or five lines of dialog that go untranslated. It's not like the Italian track isn't a dub, but it's possible that an English dub was never made for the director's cut, so I suppose I can understand. Aside from the inferior theatrical cut of the film, extras include a very decent half-hour featurette on the history of the film and all its problems, which features the director, a few stars, and the son of one of the producers. They try really hard to justify what they made and it doesn't really work, but it's a well-intentioned piece. Lastly, we get to look at the original screenplay (since it's so fantastic), a photo gallery, and some biographies to close out the set.

-Full review at dvdverdict.com
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2639744) out of 5 stars QC issues Aug. 16 2011
By Ralph Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This DVD has a major defect. The movie has 11 chapters, but after chapter 10, the movie stops playing and returns to the DVD menu. That means to see the ending and the credits, you have to hit chapter skip or fast forward. The chapter select screen lists only chapters 1-10, so apparently someone didn't realize that the final scene was two chapters. This really takes away from the impact of the ending. Also, both discs in this 2-disc set are labeled "Director's Cut" (the theatrical version is on one of them, however). Hopefully Raro will correct these issues soon.

The movie itself is a sexy and funny romp with a shocking and brutal ending (in the director's cut) that comes out of left field. It really is like watching an "American Pie" sequel that turns into "Saw" (or, more accurately, "Last House on the Left") at the end. Squeamish viewers beware! The theatrical version is dubbed in English and is shorn of the violent finale.
HASH(0xa34d512c) out of 5 stars Five Stars Jan. 8 2015
By robert opitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
HASH(0xa25bea44) out of 5 stars Five Stars Feb. 8 2015
By MICHAEL W. HOFFMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase

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