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3.0 out of 5 stars (Incomplete) Amarcord !, 30 July 2009
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This review is from: Amarcord [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Already having a video recording (complete with adverts) I was pleased to see 'Amarcord' was finally out on DVD however, unfortunately in the transfer to DVD the film has suffered from a number of cuts. Why ?
It was a wonderful film.
I can only presume that whoever has done this is frightened to death to have a portrait of 'Fascist Italy' shown sometimes rather sympathetically and with humour, although I don't think the film seeks to make an opinion one way or the other. It is too busy telling the story of Fellini's childhood and this is, inevitably, set against the backdrop of 'Fascist Italy'.
The cuts do seem to focus on these areas.
How sad. Anyone who has seen the original complete version will be disappointed by this (abridged) version.
A word to the editor (censor) 'Don't live your life in fear !'
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2011 10:39:23 GMT
A. S. Potts says:
I can't see the evidence for the claim that this has been cut in the way suggested. I've just run though the disc on FF to refresh my memory and the extensive scene mocking the fascist rally is present along with many other references to fascism, which is, after all the background to the events portrayed. The scene in which the character Aurelio is picked up for interrogation and is forced to drink castor oil is not cut. If references to fascism were going to be cut one would have thought that these scenes were prime candidates.

This copy appears to me to be exactly the same as on the many occasions I've seen the film at the cinema and at Fellini retrospectives. I'd be interested to hear what these reported cuts actually consist of, and what DVD version is being referred to.

What no one has said about this hideous Warner Bros. R2 release is the utterly appalling quality of the transfer.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011 19:22:50 GMT
Claude says:
It is a while since I wrote this review A.S. Potts, so I can't remember the precise details (I will see if I still have it) but, as I said in my review, I had (have ?) a VHS version (videod straight from the TV in the 1980's) complete with all the accompanying adverts unfortunately, and this DVD version is definitely different - there ARE bits missing. I will re-visit my review if I still have it - in fact I should transfer my old version to a recordable DVD since my DVD player allows me to do this (the wonders of modern technology !!) and I could then get rid of the adverts.
There must be a God !

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2015 12:11:35 BDT
JCB says:
You have clearly watched a different release. This DVD is sharp and full of wonderful colour. An excellent transfer by Warner, bien sure.
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