Region 1?


Anybody know of plans to release this in North America? Or should I just order an import of the Raro video edition?

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I don't think they'll ever release an american edition of this movie (movies like this one are kinda rare here in Italy too).
I've got the Raro video edition: it's got english subtitles (for movie and extras) and an english audio track in the edited version of the movie.
The booklet is in italian and english. If you order this edition, don't forget that it's a region 2 release, so you'll need a multi region dvd player.

P.S.
Watch the original version of the movie first.

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Thanks for the response. Yes, the original is much better. I've seen it, although it was only the Alfa Digital bootleg which I understand does not look as good as the Raro.

Unusual movie. Some of it is actually funny, too. It cracked me up when, after the meditating guy with the painted face got dragged into the hall, people were confused as to how he got out there! And, of course, the ending is intense. And my god Gloria Guida is beautiful.

I do have a multi region player, so I probably will order it.

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The fact is that the original version is a movie, the "censored" version is not: the story has no meaning at all, some parts of the dubbing (at least in the italian version) have been re-done with different voices, it's full of glaring errors (MAYBE SPOILER - the rape scene is put in the beginning of the story, and in the bar Tina asks one of the rapists if they are going to Foggia instead of asking if they are going to Rome - END OF SPOILER), some added scenes (missing in the original) are funny but also pointless, and they also removed the wonderful song "Avere Vent'anni" performed by Gloria Guida herself... The only thing that is better in the edited version than in the original is surely the video quality: the telecine in the edited version was done from the negative cut, the telecine in the original version was done from the positive cut, because the negative was lost (!!).
If you are interested, just order the Raro edition, making sure that you have a multi-standard tv or an HDTV (pal dvd's).

P.S.
What is Alfa Digital?

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Alfa Digital? That's the label on the dvd I watched. I believe it's an unauthorized edition distributed from Brazil. Picture wasn't that great. The bonus features sucked, some pics, a brief interview with the director and a short interview with the lethargic stoner that Lilli Carati was after (he remarked that he couldn't remember the film well, having not seen it in years- you'd think they would have given him a copy to prime him for the interview).

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I think that it's the same interview that is in the Raro video edition, but I'm not sure... However, the picture quality isn't that great even in the Raro edition, maybe it's only a little better than the Alfa Digital version.
The problem, as I said before, is that telecine's are usually done from the negative, but it was lost (it's incredible for a movie from the 70's), so they used the positive. A good thing of the Raro edition is that it's a pal release,
so the picture quality will be better than the Alfa Digital release which, I think, is an ntsc release.

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