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  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles
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Variety Lights


Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada
Starring: Carla Del Poggio, Peppino De Filippo, Giulietta Masina, John Kitzmiller, Dante Maggio, Checco Durante, Gina Mascetti
1950 | 97 Minutes | Licensor: Studio Canal

Release Information
DVD | MSRP: $29.95 | Series: The Criterion Collection | Edition: #81 | Out of print
RLJ Entertainment

Release Date: August 22, 2000
Review Date: February 23, 2009

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SYNOPSIS

A beautiful ingenue joins a tawdry music hall troupe and quickly becomes its feature attraction in Fellini's stunning debut film (directed in collaboration with neorealist filmmaker Alberto Lattuada). Featuring Giulietta Masina, Fellini's wife and frequent leading lady, Variety Lights introduces the director's affection for the carnivalesque characters that frequent the cinematic landscape of such classics as Nights of Cabiria, La Strada, and La Dolce Vita. Criterion is proud to present Variety Lights in a beautiful digital transfer.

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PICTURE

The Criterion Collection presents Variety Lights in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this single-layer DVD.

Itís unfortunately an interlaced transfer and this presents a lot problems. Jagged edges, shimmering, ghosting, and more are all present because of this. The transfer is also fairly fuzzy, lacking any real definition. Contrast looks a little on the dark side, with some sequences a little harder to see. The print still has its fair share of damage, filled with plenty of debris, blotches and lines.

Itís not in line with some of their worst transfers (itís nowhere near as bad as something like their original release of Salo or their W.C. Fields short films release) but it is an incredibly mediocre one.

4/10

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AUDIO

The Italian Dolby Digital mono track doesnít inspire, either. It presents a rather flat, somewhat rough track. Dialogue and music can sound a little edgy and there is some background noise. Mediocre in its own right.

4/10

SUPPLEMENTS

The release is also supplements free, presenting absolutely nothing on the disc. An insert includes a bland essay by film critic Andrew Sarris that simply gives a plot rundown and how this film fits into Felliniís filmography (it was his first film though he was co-director to Alberto Lattuda.) Considering the rest of the releases qualities I canít say I was shocked by this.

1/10

CLOSING

What gets me about this title is that it may be the most mediocre DVD Criterion has released. Itís not awful enough to stand out as one of their worst, but itís not even an okay release. Itís just a bland, almost unnecessary release. Its transfer is pretty bland (being interlaced doesnít help matters) and thereís nothing in the way of supplements. Even the essay in the insert, Criterion essays usually being pretty dependable, feels sort of thrown in. The disc had been discontinued though will be rereleased on March 29th of 2009 and while I hate seeing DVDs (Criterion or otherwise) being pulled this DVD is actually one I wouldnít have missed.


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