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The opening credits of Fellini's Casanova are letterboxed at an aspect ratio of 1.77:1, making this the first
true example of letterboxed video. The video transfer is sharp, but overly saturated. The contrast is too high,
making the image appear harsh and forced. The audio transfer also has an edge to it and is often overdriven. Disc
replication, given the single example I've seen, is better than average, with some minor speckling and high-frequency
noise. On side 3, frames 26,994 through 27,017 have no audio or video. The side breaks chosen by DiscoVision are
terrible. The side 4/5 break is placed in the middle of a sentence. However, one may not notice since the film is
horribly disjointed anyway.
According to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 1997, Fellini's Casanova has never been released on
LaserDisc. Obviously his records do not include release on DiscoVision. This has contributed to the rarity factor,
and the title, in good condition, is a highly sought after release.
Dead sides, while not normally associated with an even sided title, have been found on Fellini's Casanova.
The occurrence has been found where the discs were assembled incorrectly and rather than placing side 6 on the back of
side 5, a standard deadside was used instead. An odd find, not to mention rendering the film incomplete.
Fellini's Casanova was never reissued on LaserDisc in the US. A widescreen 165 minute version was issued in Japan.
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