Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi, Adriana Asti
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
The first of Pier Paolo Pasolini's highly acclaimed films, and the winner of numerous film festival prizes, ACCATONE uses a talented cast to present a vivid picture of the Roman slums. Based on one of the filmmaker/poet's... more »
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Great Film, Nearly Invisible Subtitles
Ted | Pennsylvania, USA | 11/21/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Buy the other edition. How many times do they need to use white subtitles in black-and-white films?!Sometimes it is virtually impossible to read the subtitles during te film with this edition.Don't get me wrong, this is a great movie, but black-and-white films should have yellow subtitles.Or at least put black bars behind the subtitles so they can be read!"
Another strikeout from Waterbearer
Scott Richardson | Chicago, IL USA | 08/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The other reviews have covered the film sufficiently, so I'll just focus on this new DVD edition (although I will say that it seemed to be a bit of a re-hash of "Nights of Cabiria" without any of the pathos).Actually, calling it "new" is a bit of a misnomer, as it appears to be a transfer from an old videotape. This is strongly evident near the end of the film where there are two instances of scrolling video distortion.I really wanted to like this disc. The transfer itself is actually fairly clear (although slightly muted and/or washed-out) and mostly free of specks and dirt (except at the end of each reel). Unfortunately, as with the previous three Waterbearer Pasolini DVD's, this one suffers from no chapter stops and burned-in (non-optional), frequently-unreadable subtitles. At the price Waterbearer is charging, the consumer is going to expect a great deal more than they're getting.Rent it if you're curious, but I'd advise against purchasing this disc unless you're a die-hard Pasolini fan."
Great film- shamlessly bad print
Michael Weston | Chicago, IL United States | 10/02/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"International Film Forum presents a print of this film that couldn't have been much worse if they had pulled an abused 16mm print from the garbage. Visuals: Blacks are washed out, midtones are coarse, visual noise and scars abound. Sound: there is distortion on all significant sounds- this had been used so much that the sound is uniformly damaged. This is simply one of the most worn-out set of reels I've ever seen, in cinema or on video. Even the picture on the box looks dreeadful and has a moire pattern. Bottom line: Avoid- this version is no competition for the entirely servicable earlier release by other parties (though I forget who did it- not Film Forum)."
Poor transfer - terrible subtitles - but a great film
Stalwart Kreinblaster | Xanadu | 09/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is all that's available folks so suffer through the defects and watch a timeless gem of a film. Pasolini's movie is one of the most honest portraits of slum life in Italy - and in fact is more brutally honest than 'nights of cabira' by Fellini (Pasolini actually was responsible for some of the dialogue in that film)."