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Where to buy a DVD of the original film?


Does anyone know the best place to buy a DVD version of this film, in Italian of course. The offerings on Amazon are confusing. I remember a site in England where I bought BlU but can't remember the name. Thanks for any suggestions.

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If you don't mind Asian releases ... on eBay you can get one for just a few dollars. Region-0, Italian language with English subs.

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Actually, if you're watching an all Italian version of Stromboli (meaning Ingrid is also speaking Italian) you're not watching the film Rossellini oversaw.

The idea that Italian is to be preferred for Rossellini's films is completely erroneous - he did not believe so. He thought people should see his films in their own language. Furthermore, he often didn't even participate in the Italian dubbing process for his films (Germany Year Zero - Rossellini shot and finished the film in German. He didn't work on the Italian dub.)

Stromboli, Europa 51, and Voyage to Italy should all be seen in "English." These are Rossellini's versions, the most complete and untouched cuts of the films. Stromboli in English =/= the butchered American cut of Stromboli; they are two different things. Stromboli was premiered complete in Paris in the English language version, the Italian version was finished over a year later and it is seven minutes shorter with somewhat different editing (including a more explicitly religious ending.)

Here's Tag Gallagher's authoritative take on the subject - http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=373463#p373463

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The question is where does one find, if at all, the original English language versions of Stromboli and Europa 51? Voyage to Italy is pretty easy to come by.

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BFI is releasing Stromboli on Blu-ray in the UK in a couple of months but it's not known what exactly is on this edition.

These films require a lot of work, they have a complicated history and may involve a tangle of copyrights. Ideally, the future Criterion editions will contain multiple versions - Stromboli (English, 106 minutes) & the Italian Stromboli terra di Dio (released a year later, which features genuine Rossellini revisions and deletions.) Europe 51 had a mess of revisions but the TCM copy is one of the "Good" versions. Journey to Italy is a case where the Italians only restored the Italian version, which looks far superior to any other print (they may have done the same for the other films - only touching the Italian versions and not the "correct" or desirable versions.) Fear was made twice in direct sound for release - German and English (the Italian dub on TCM was made from the latter I believe.)

It's going to be a difficult process to sort everything out and get everything just right.

And I guess there are now new digital restoration projects going on with these films so we'll have to wait to see what versions are involved in this project.

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Criterion has released it in a newly-restored version, which is surely what you're looking for.

http://www.criterion.com/films/28082-stromboli

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Criterion is it in the US, but the problem is you have to buy it as a three-film package with Europe '51 and Journey to Italy— which, of course, is not a bad thing, but the set runs between $70-100. It contains different cuts of the films as well in addition to the standard cuts. I just recently bought it at Barnes & Noble since they are doing their 50% off sale, which makes it much more feasible for me to buy. I'm also a member so I got an additional 10% off, so at the end of the day I walked out of there with it for $45— which is pretty good considering it's $99.99 standard price.

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Thanks, everyone. Great replies and an education, too!

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There will be a blu-ray version as part of the masters of cinema collection from Koch Media Germany 03/19/15 is the release date but its REGION B locked so you need a region free blu-ray player if you are out of europe

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