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Old 09-21-2016, 09:11 AM   #1
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Wonderful news, this has just been announced for Nov 3, 2016. The HD master used for the foreign releases is very weak (machine-noise everywhere and hardly an upgrade https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&...=66333&i=3&l=0). The new restoration¹ has just been screened at the Venice film festival, and will be screened at the New York Film Festival (Oct 1). Looking forward to this.

On a side note, a Blu for Amarcord has been announced too (Nov 22).



¹I'm taking for granted they will use the new resto, because it seems logic, but details have not been revealed yet.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:43 PM   #2
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Fingers crossed for the new restoration!
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:37 AM   #3
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Fingers crossed for the new restoration!
Here's the trailer made for the NYFF (greys are much better!).

However, the winner of the "best restoration" at Venice wasn't the Pontecorvo, but the rarely seen L'uomo dei cinque palloni by Ferreri, with Spaak and Mastroianni. The only way to see this is through an unwatchable, and incomplete, VHS-rip (in fact, it's still on my wishlist). I've seen segments of it from Oggi, domani, dopodomani, a lousy omnibus.¹ Here's about 5' from the new resto. Finally a virtually lost film has been rediscovered.

¹This was never released "in full" at the time, the producer cut it and re-cut it, and finally included only some parts of it in the afore-mentioned omnibus (about 35-40' out of approx. 90'). It eventually got released years later out of Italy.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:46 PM   #4
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Now up for preorder at Amazon.it for a Nov 3rd release. The database entry here lists English subs, hopefully that is accurate.
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:55 PM   #5
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Now up for preorder at Amazon.it for a Nov 3rd release.
Yes! I also noticed entries for Amarcord and 4 Flies on Grey Velvet, both newly restored (on the Amarcord cover, you can see the Cineteca di Bologna logo, so it's definitely the 2015 resto).
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:00 PM   #6
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The Amarcord cover also says NUOVA VERSIONE RESTAURATA in big letters on the bottom, so that would be kinda mean if it were an older restauration :P
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:54 PM   #7
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I just hope it retains the Pontecorvo/Giuliano full commentary that was on the DVD.
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:28 PM   #8
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Delayed to January 31st 2017 sadly.
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Is this available anywhere yet?
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:27 AM   #10
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Is this available anywhere yet?
Postponed. Once again.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:59 PM   #11
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There's a sort of crowdfunding ongoing:

http://www.cgentertainment.it/startup/
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:16 PM   #12
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Okay, I received it.

The restoration is fabulous, and we knew it, but the disc itself leaves much to be desired. Very amateurish.

It has slow loading menus, barebone extras, and it's not import friendly: in the traditional Italian way, ita subs are forced on the French-Arab track. Can't switch subtitles or audio tracks via remote either: you must access the popup menu. No English subs whatsoever.

Oh and did I mention that the disc boots with default audio: Dolby Digital 2.0? The lossless options are there, but you must select them.

I noticed a strange grame hiccup at 00:32:16 and a few moments later.

And of course It's on a DVD, not Bluray size case. You pay for a special edition bluray, better make sure to give the impression that the BD is just the extra, not the main dish.

Pros: the booklet is informative, nice.
However, the Argent had Forgacs, Loach, stills gallery and loads more...

Bottom line: the 4K restoration is great, now let's hope for some good edition out there.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:16 AM   #13
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Bottom line: the 4K restoration is great, now let's hope for some good edition out there.
Unlikely, as the US and UK labels certainly won't reissue it. Our only hope is France... which at 99% won't be Eng friendly, anyway.
Since the standard edition is gonna be released in the summer (and I'm interested in it), I'd like to know more about those "hiccups", though.
Also, how do you rate the encoding? CG messed it up on Amarcord, for instance.
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Unlikely, as the US and UK labels certainly won't reissue it. Our only hope is France... which at 99% won't be Eng friendly, anyway.
Since the standard edition is gonna be released in the summer (and I'm interested in it), I'd like to know more about those "hiccups", though.
Also, how do you rate the encoding? CG messed it up on Amarcord, for instance.
Actually, Cult Films (formerly Argent and Nouveaux films) confirmed that they would release the 4K restoration on bluray in the U.K. "In the summer".
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Old 05-20-2017, 11:22 AM   #15
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Actually, Cult Films (formerly Argent and Nouveaux films) confirmed that they would release the 4K restoration on bluray in the U.K. "In the summer".
Really?? Fabulous (just found your post about it ). Let's hope they do it right, then!
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Old 05-20-2017, 06:44 PM   #16
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I think the AVC stayed most of the time over 30, but I haven't the hardware to test it properly

The frame hiccup is definitely noticeable, I will control my other editions and report.

also, the movie opens with a warning that selecting the international track, there are four very brief moments with mute audio. they are less than one second long; I think probably due to slightly different edit. (the first time this occurs, might have been intentional as to cut a closeup of a prostitute in a brothel).

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Since the standard edition is gonna be released in the summer (and I'm interested in it),...
If they are going to do it and the standard edition will have the same extras of this 'special limited' edition, I will be really pissed off.
What's the sense to do a crowfunding and then after few months print another 'similar' edition?!?
Let's see.
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But in fact, it's a pre-order masquerade as a crowdfunding. I think the campaign goals are kept reachable and the edition would be made nonetheless.
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But in fact, it's a pre-order masquerade as a crowdfunding. I think the campaign goals are kept reachable and the edition would be made nonetheless.
Yes, probably you're right. They deceived me with 'Intollerance', but all the others 'start up films' have been published in a standard edition.
Anyway next time I will think twice before to partecipate.
I don't like dual format editions, especially in a dvd case, I prefer standard editions.
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Since the standard edition is gonna be released in the summer
And here it comes the regular edition. July 4.
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