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  • Criterion Collection: Night Porter [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Criterion Collection: Night Porter [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti, Giuseppe Addobbati
  • Directors: Liliana Cavani
  • Writers: Liliana Cavani, Amedeo Pagani, Barbara Alberti, Italo Moscati
  • Producers: Esa De Simone, Robert Gordon Edwards
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2000
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780022823
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Glasby on 30 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
When this came out there was outcry, naturally; you've got an ex-SS officer in hiding and a concentration camp victim stumbling upon him. Oh yes, and there's a violent S&M relationship between them. That's your money shot, baby. How could it get anymore crass, right? Not quite.
Set in 50's Vienna (shot in mute, subdued and dank colours), Max is undercover as a night porter in a hotel when Lucia, his captive, turns up with her other half for a stay. They set eyes on each other and fall back into their old relationship. The 'sex scenes' are not quite sex orientated, it's all about the power struggle, which is depicted in unflinching realism. The glass shards in the feet moment is eye watering, to say the least.
Dirk Bogarde is utterly captivating, strong and wormily weak simutaneously as he grapples with the reappearance of Lucia and the fact that he is being interrogated by a group of his fellow SS officers with regards to keeping a lid on their actions and pasts, but indulging in some creepy confessions to one another as a purging tool.
Night Porter is a confusing film. The end comes quickly and suddenly but leaves some very opened ended plot lines. It's political and dark, sometimes beautiful but ultimately sad. Forget the shock tactics of using Nazis, this is really about the complexity and decay of human emotion, and the cruelty of mankind when there is the scent of power in the air.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 2 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is rightly for the UK BLU-RAY RELEASE of the 30th of July 2012. This transfer is excellent- sharp, clear picture and lovely sound. When I first heard that Anchor Bay were issuing this classic on Blu-ray I was at first worried as they made a real mess of the UK DVD a few years ago. However, another organisation has actually done the transfer which I believe is the same party who did it in France not long ago. Anchor Bay own the UK rights and they have simply just packaged it for a piece of the action. So we can all be at ease! I give 5 out of 5 for the picture and sound quality but sadly there are no extras hence my rating. But for the price of just £8.00 that I paid it's great value!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 April 2009
Format: DVD
I had heard much about the supposed sado-masochistic content of The Night Porter, and I suppose, in a basic sense, it is there in the apparently willing sexual and emotional surrender of victim to captor. However, there is so much more at the heart of this film than kinky sex and shock-value. There is a frailty to every principle character; Dirk Bogarde's Max is not virile, but, at least in the present, appears broken and somewhat fragile . Charlotte Rampling beautifully captures Lucia's desperate search for meaning in the brutalities of her past. The shock-value of the film lies ultimately in the fact that it tests our moral limitations-in one of the extra features on the DVD, an interview with director Lilliana Cavani, she quotes a former concentration camp internee, who declared that her hatred of her German captors lay in the fact that they showed her a side of herself that she didn't know existed. A beautiful and tragic film in many ways that is, as Bogarde insisted, an unconventional love story at it's heart. Bogarde brings to his role all his characteristic grace and elegance, with occasional bursts of brutality, and Rampling carries her character's emotional baggage artfully on those narrow shoulders.
The quality of the DVD transfer could be a little clearer in some scenes, but it's worth buying as it is generally sound.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Pandora on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
I was pleased to find this film on DVD at last, and keen to replace my old VHS video of it. It is a stunning, powerful film,that evolves with every viewing.

It is a classic.

BUT...

This DVD is watchable but the picture quality is awful in some areas.The film becomes very dark, brown and grainy till you can hardly see the actors faces.Sometimes the faces are a blur!

This does ruin the film in places, for me...as I know the film so well.The dramatic power of the scenes is damaged by this in my opinion.

I assume the film stock has decayed beyond repair? Why has it not been moved to DVD with care? Why has such a poor copy been selected for distribution?

And yet I have a video recorded from British television that is pristine! The film is crystal clear, full of light, with sharp contrasts between the reds, whites and blacks. The 'Reunion'scene in the hotel room instead of being a murky-black fog is visible again, the actors faces revealed.

If you love this powerful film I advise recording a TV copy for a good home copy.

As with 'The Dogs of War' and 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'(both edited before DVD release) It looks as if this film has not made its transition to a new format either. I shall be hanging onto my old old VHS copy again!!!!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. DE-ROZARIEUX on 20 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
I was ecstatic at the prospect of a DVD release for this unfairly derided and neglected minor-masterpiece and the DVD packaging certainly gives the impression that great care has been taken with what might be the only DVD release this film is given.

Imagine, then, my disappointment at the picture quality! It is little better than my worn-out 1980s VHS tape and is a great letdown. What a shame! What a missed opportunity!

I would still recommend buying this release but would advise waiting for a more reasonable price.
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