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Cover art for the UK release of Dario Argento’s Mother of Tears, due out on April 28th from Optimum, has appeared online at various retailers, including Amazon.co.uk. It’s quite a classy design, for once, similar to the artwork used for the cover of Variety’s Cannes Film Festival 2007 issue, albeit tinted red.

According to John White over at DVD Maniacs, who has seen a check disc, it’s bare-bones barring a trailer, and has a 2.39:1 anamorphic transfer with English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Given that it looks like the upcoming Italian release is dubbed into Italian (a good 90% of the dialogue you hear in the film is what was spoken on set by the actors in English), and the currently available Russian release is cropped to 1.78:1, this release would appear to be the one to get.

 
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 10:08 PM | Comments: 10
Categories: Books | Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Web

 
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1.

And now, the question is -

will Lovefilm get Pelts to me before this is released? I really don't want my final impression of Argento to be one of can't-be-bothered.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, March 11, 2008 10:53 PM

2.

Wait, the film was shot in English with live sound or was it dubbed in post-production like the rest?

Posted by: Marcus, March 12, 2008 12:56 AM

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"Wait, the film was shot in English with live sound or was it dubbed in post-production like the rest?"


Argento's been shooting a mix of Italian, English, post-dub and live sound for 30 years now. It's all dependent on the situation, and of the considered importance of preserving the original vocal performance of a marketable name that might not want to engage in dubbing sessions at a later date (like Joan Bennett in SUSPIRIA, presumably).

-Jeff

Posted by: Jeffrey Allen Rydell, March 12, 2008 1:05 AM

4.

An agreeable design indeed. The BBFC certificate is well placed and does not look too imposing.

Posted by: avanze, March 12, 2008 11:47 AM

5.

But was most of MOT shot with live sound? Except for POTO and The Card Player, all of his films to me strike as if the larger majority of their scenes were dubbed.

Posted by: Marcus, March 13, 2008 7:40 AM

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But was most of MOT shot with live sound? Except for POTO and The Card Player, all of his films to me strike as if the larger majority of their scenes were dubbed.

My gut reaction, when watching it, was that it looked and felt like live sound. Obviously, that’s a bit of a misnomer - in your average Hollywood blockbuster, about 90% of the dialogue is ADR, or so the legend goes - but the point is that the dialogue doesn’t have that disembodied feel that one often associates with Argento’s films. It’s only when an actor has obviously been dubbed by someone else (and believe me, it’s obvious) that you get the feeling of the words not actually coming out of their mouths.

Posted by: Whiggles, March 13, 2008 9:48 AM

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Apart from whatever language its in - lets just hear it for another movie on DVD from Argento! Hip Hip....

Posted by: CraigTheRave, March 13, 2008 8:38 PM

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The Russian DVD is now available from Xploited Cinema. The generally reliable Xploited specs say its anamorphic widescreen but lists a 1.85:1 ratio. Audio options are English 2.0 (I'm assuming the original mix is supposed to be 5.1) as well as Russian 5.1 and 2.0.

Posted by: , March 18, 2008 2:20 AM

9.

Awesome cover,but i miss the lack of english subtitles...sighs!

Will you review the film for Dvdtimes Michael??

Posted by: Guillaume, March 18, 2008 10:02 AM

10.

Will you review the film for Dvdtimes Michael??

I will indeed. :)

Posted by: Whiggles, March 19, 2008 10:17 PM

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