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The Criterion Collection

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One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e Mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose film-and life-is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the 1963 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign-Language Film-one of the most written about, talked about, and imitated movies of all time-in a beautifully restored new digital transfer. Disc two features Fellini's rarely seen first film for television, Fellini: A Director's Notebook (1969). Produced by Peter Goldfarb, this imagined documentary of Fellini is a kaleidoscope of unfinished projects, all of which provide a fascinating and candid window into the director's unique and creative process.

Additional Features

Criterion truly out did themselves with Fellini's masterpiece 8 1/2. Not only is the digital transfer stunning, but it's also loaded with extras. The anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1) has few noticeable artifacts and looks extremely vibrant. The Mono Italian audio track is crystal clear and Nino Rota score sounds wonderful. 8 1/2 is incredibly autobiographical and unless you are a Fellini scholar a lot of the innuendos may be missed. Luckily, there is an amazing duel commentary, which provides many historical and metaphorical interpretations putting the surrealistic images into perspective. The second disc includes two documentaries and candid interviews with those who worked closely with Fellini providing an interesting 'inside' perspective. If there is one Fellini film to own, it is 8 1/2, and this Criterion DVD is the one to get. It is absolutely flawless. --Rob Bracco


Special features

  • 2 Disc Set
  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film with new & improved subtitles and a new digital transfer of restored film elements
  • Introduction by director Terry Gilliam
  • Disc 2:
  • Fellini: A Director's Notebook - a television film made for NBC in 1969 (52 minutes)
  • Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert a 48-minute documentary about the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films
  • Interviews with actress Sandra Milo ("Carla"), director Lina Wertmuller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who discusses the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo
  • Extensive stills gallery including rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann
  • 22-page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor Alexander Sesonske

Product details

  • Actors: Bruno Agostini, Anouk Aimée, Guido Alberti, Caterina Boratto, Claudia Cardinale
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005QAPH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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