Blu-ray, DVD Release: 1900

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Olive Films

1900 movie sceneBernardo Bertolucci’s (The Last Emperor) monumental 1977 film 1900 is both an epic history of 20th century Italy and an intimate portrait of two friends, both born on Jan. 1, 1900.

Set in Bertolucci’s ancestral region of Emilia in Northern Italy, 1900 zeroes in on same-day birthday boys Olmo Dalcò (Gerard Depardieu, Potiche), the son a socialist peasant farmer and Alfredo Berlinghieri (Robert De Niro, Stone), the son of the fascist landowner. The two youths grow into men (and ultimately old men!) and pass through the upheavals of the modern world, their personal conflicts becoming an allegory of the political turmoil of their ever-changing country.

1900‘s international cast includes Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success), Donald Sutherland (The Eagle), Sterling Hayden (The Killing), Dominique Sanda (Damnation Alley), Alida Valli (Senso) and Stefania Sandrelli (The Conformist). It’s superlative production credits include cinematography by legendary DP Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a memorably haunting score by Ennio Morricone (The Mission).

Olive’s edition of the movie, presented in Italian and English with English subtitles and restored in high definition from the film’s original negative, is offered in its original two-part, five-hour version (315 minutes to be exact). We’re assuming it’s similar to the version issued on DVD by Paramount back in 2006. Olive’s Blu-ray rendering of 1900 marks the film’s Blu-ray debut.

As a bonus feature, the three-disc set contains Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema, a 2002 documentary directed by Sandro Lai that examines the career of the renowned filmmaker.


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