1900 (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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The first cut (never released) was 6:15. The European released version was 5:25. In the meanwhile, Alberto Grimaldi (the film's producer) was negociating with Paramount a 3:15 version, betraying Bertolucci, who didn't know a word about.
After the European succes, Fox offered Bertolucci to work on a 4:15 version for the U.S. market. He accepted, and made a second 4:40 version. But Grimaldi's opposition take the case to a court. A judge viewed all three 5:25, 4:40 and 3:15 versions. He concluded that Grimaldi's short version was detrimental and incoherent. So he invited Bertolucci to work in a 4:15 version.
Bernardo did a third cut to 4:10, that had its premiere in the New York Film Festival. There, critics were very negative, since they already knew the european 5:25 version, and compared so. But Bertolucci once declared that this was simply another film; no a single sequence was missing, it just had another pace. For a given moment, he even prefered this version. But years later, he recognizes the short version lacks the "inexorable passing of time" of the full one.
Let me recall this is the only film in history that has put toghether -for the production- all three major studios then, Fox, United Artists and Paramount.
All this information was taken from the book Bertolucci por Bertolucci, the spanish version of Scene madri di Bernardo Bertolucci, from Enzo Ungari, based on the interviews by Donald Ranvaud about The Last Emperor.
I definitely agree with the people asking for a remastering and release on DVD of the 5:25 original version.
It is important to note that 1900 is also not for everyone; it is a very much an adult film. The sex scenes, in particular the menage-a-trois with DeNiro, Depardieu and the prostitute, are graphic but not excessive. There are quite a few scenes of violence that will cause the viewer to turn-away, so be prepared.
Much to my surprise, the film has been given the Blu-Ray treatment and the results are...not what a fan would want, but probably the best one can expect. The film's 5 1/2 running time is evenly spread out over 2 discs with a final DVD disc offering the only supplemental feature. As for the transfer, it is a mix. The opening credits are letterboxed (??) while the remaining film is presented in 1.85 (it was originally shot in 1:66). The image waffles from natural colors to overly saturated images that often made me think I needed to recalibrate my monitor or that is was on the wrong setting. The sound--which was never that memorable--is presented in Dolby Stereo and sounds as good as it did in the theaters.
Given that 1900 was never a huge audience favorite, I hadn't expected to see it on Blu-Ray so soon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sadly the film is over-rated, it is a work of of a childishly immature (as only an Italian can be) filmmaker. Read morePublished 21 days ago by K. Matthew Victor
A total waste of five hours and 25 minutes. The graphic depiction of male genitalia (both adult and child) is gratuitous and added nothing to the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dennis Long
a complicated classic- demonstrates the struggle of indentured southern italians and the political mindsetPublished 1 month ago by luce
This version is soooo much more than any I've seen and I can tell you the fist disc is almost pornographic in some of it's content. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kanaka Maoli
Interesting and complex this movie is. Plan to spend some time if you want to absorb this one. I wonder if Robert De Niro fans know about this.Published 3 months ago by Randy Gehrke
Good movie can tend to drag on a bit but historically it gives a good insight into the reason Italian politics can seem so extreme.Published 6 months ago by paul williams
Avoid like the plague. Absolutely the worst Blu Ray I've ever seen. Looks a bad as the DVD release. Obviously not a new transfer, but made from possibly the actual DVD telecine. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Llewellyn
1900 or Novecento is an Italian epic film by Bernardo Bertolucci that tells the story of two men during the political turmoils that have taken place in Italy during the first half... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Desertman84