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(aka "Fellini Satyricon" or " The Degenerates")

 

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Italy / France 1969

Federico Fellini describes his "Fellini Satyricon" as a science-fiction film, but one in which we journey to the past rather than to the future. Directors are notoriously unreliable as sources of opinions about their own movies, but in this case I think Fellini is dead right.

His film is a fantastical journey to a pre-Christian Rome that resembles no civilization that ever was, in heaven or on Earth. And it is a masterpiece. Some will say it is a bloody, depraved, disgusting film; indeed, people by the dozens were escaping from the sneak preview I attended. But "Fellini Satyricon" is a masterpiece all the same, and films that dare everything cannot please everybody.

This time, Fellini invites us into his own mind. He makes no attempt to tell a story, although he succeeds in telling several. He makes no attempt to be lucid, or philosophical, or to make sense. At last we are allowed to look beneath the surface of films like "La Dolce Vita" and "Juliet of the Spirits," and to glimpse the horrible underworld that lurks down there.

Lurking under the stories of his 1960s movies, there seemed to be something frightening that was not rational at all. "Fellini Satyricon" is that lower region; it is the nightmare shared by all the haunted characters in his earlier films, by Marcello, by Juliet, especially by Steiner.

Excerpt of Roger Ebert's review at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: September 3, 1969

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DVD Comparison:

MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM (Europe) - Region 2, 4 - PAL

Big thanks to Peter Mann and Pavel Borodin for the Screen Caps!

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Distribution

MGM (US)

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (Europe)
Region 2, 4 - PAL
Runtime 2:09.27 2:04:08 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.13 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio Italian (DD 2.0 mono), English (DD 2.0 mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English (HOH - only), French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Greek, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM (US)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Release Information:
Studio: MGM (Europe)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

 

DVD Release Date: April 28, 2003
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Chapters 16

 

Comments Interesting comparison in that it indicates use of the same transfer for both the R1 and R2 release, with minimal differences overall. The R2 has a more substantial bit rate but includes two additional audio tracks that may make up that difference. Which one you will prefer may boil down to availability, player preference (PAL vs NTSC) and language/subtitle track.

 - Peter Mann

Peter is spot-on with his comments. The Region 1 may be slightly darker and I think the PAL version may have the superior contrast. It is possible that the NTSC may be marginally sharper, but again differences are of negligible.

Gary W. Tooze

NOTE: the PAL edition's English subtitles are only  hearing Impaired!

 



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Recommended Books on Federico Fellini (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

Federico Fellini
by Christopher Wiegand
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini, Isabel Quigley
The Cinema of Federico Fellini
by Peter Bondanella
The Films of Federico Fellini (Cambridge Film Classics)
by Peter Bondanella, Ray Carney
I'm a Born Liar: A Fellini Lexicon
by Damian Pettigrew
Fellini
by Lietta Tornabuoni
Fellini: A Life
by Hollis Alpert
I, Fellini
by Charlotte Chandler, Billy Wilder

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Region 2, 4 - PAL



 

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