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1900 (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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 ›
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Beautiful and complex film that is somewhat overblown but worth having the full uncut version.Published 3 months ago by William Corsaro
Great movie. Addresses the struggle of agricultural workers in turn of the century Italy. Great direction and acting.Published 4 months ago by Alexander Wallgren
Sadly the film is over-rated, it is a work of of a childishly immature (as only an Italian can be) filmmaker. Read morePublished 6 months 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 6 months ago by Dennis Long
a complicated classic- demonstrates the struggle of indentured southern italians and the political mindsetPublished 6 months 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 9 months ago by Tutu