Novecento aka 1900 (1976)
The Criterion Collection
720p Blu-rayRip | MKV | AVC @ 1710 Kbps, 24 fps | 1280 x 692 | 02:41:59 | 1.95 GB
Audio: Italian: LPCM 2.0, 48kHz @ 192 Kbps | Subtitle: English
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda | Country: Italy
Genre: Drama, History
is not for the faint of heart, on any number of levels. First of all, it's an incredibly long film and it requires a certain amount of patience. Second of all, it has some extremely troubling elements that are at the very least unsettling. Third of all, there's simply no denying that the film is wild and unfocused at times, which, as with its length, requires a certain amount of patience. But even with these caveats, Novecento is an incredibly visceral experience, breathtakingly beautiful and stunningly brutal in almost equal amounts. I first saw Novecento when I was still a teenager in one of its drastically edited forms at a little art house that played second run films, and the experience has stayed with me for a lifetime. Seeing this unedited version now in high definition is like revisiting a slightly tattered old novel that hasn't been read in years—it's weathered, but it's still full of incredibly vivid characters and situations. This new Blu-ray offers solid video and audio and it contains a remarkably fascinating bonus documentary on the included DVD. Highly recommended.