Marriage Italian Style (Sophia Loren Award Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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.....
Note: For future readers, this review applies to the videotape copy of the film sold by Jef Films during the year 2001 ...
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.Read more ›
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Great storyline, tragic but great. Really love Sophia Loren. Would love to see more older movies on Amazon Prime.Published 13 days ago by L. Hart
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I loved her realistic performance, shewas captivating and beautiful with or without makeup. Marcelo was fabulous. The story touching and well told. Read morePublished 2 months ago by elaine mercado
This is an old film that I somehow missed when it was current. The acting is outstanding and even with subtitles the plot is easy to follow and funny!Published 2 months ago by William H. Clewell
I am not sure if it's a buffering issue, but the film cuts off every five minutes. It's a great film! One of my favorites, but the quality is not good, what a pity.Published 2 months ago by E
Very enjoyable humorous love story. Wonderful and hilarious perspective on male selfishness, and female resentment and manipulation.Published 2 months ago by Billy-Bob Bud-Brown
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