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Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, released in 1960 is one of the most universally loved (and accessible) of Fellini's work.

It was included (via the same restoration as Paramount's new Blu-ray) in Criterion's huge boxed set of Fellini (now priced at $125), which was probably outside of most people's budgets. and interests.

With a score by Nino Rota, and photographed (in scope) by Otello Martelli, who shot many of the early Fellini works, it's one of those films that transgresses time and space, and becomes it's own idiosyncratic universe.

If a potential viewer was seeking a quintessential Fellini film, just to place a toe into the waters, this would be a perfect candidate.

Based upon the same restorative efforts used in the Criterion set, it's a film that takes you to another time and place, when the term paparazzi was being born.

Shot in majestic black and white, and beautifully transferred to Blu-ray, La Dolce Vita is one of those "must own" titles.

Available in both Italian with English titles, or English.


One of the seven wonders of the cinematic world.


Image – 4.5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
 

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Now, if only I could pick up NIGHTS OF CABIRIA separately....
 
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Criterion also released La dolce vita individually in 2014, before the big "Essential Fellini" box set in 2020. If I'm not mistaken, I believe it was the same disc.
 

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Criterion also released La dolce vita individually in 2014, before the big "Essential Fellini" box set in 2020. If I'm not mistaken, I believe it was the same disc.
They aren't the same. The film has the same average bitrate on both, with a slightly larger filesize on the boxset version. However, the boxset version adds two substantial special features:
• Second Look (The final episode of the TV Show second look is a four part-interview series that Fellini did on Belgian TV in 1960) (30:57)
• Once Upon a Time: La Dolce Vita (52:03)
 

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They aren't the same. The film has the same average bitrate on both, with a slightly larger filesize on the boxset version. However, the boxset version adds two substantial special features:
• Second Look (The final episode of the TV Show second look is a four part-interview series that Fellini did on Belgian TV in 1960) (30:57)
• Once Upon a Time: La Dolce Vita (52:03)
I think both Criterion Blu-rays are derived from the same Film Foundation 4K restoration. Granted, the extras on the box set are more substantial.
 

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There is an inherent danger here, as I read comments akin to “I’d just this to purchase this title… and possibly one more.”

Fellini was such an extraordinary filmmaker, who shaped his own universe and the characters within that the situation becomes quite like potato chips.

For those still relatively unfamiliar with Fellini, yet finding themselves wooed by the concept, it might be best to consider not ordering the big fries for a couple of months - diving in, and going for the expensive, yet for what it is - bargain priced Criterion boxed set.

After that, there’s no return.
 

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My purchased boxed set of the “Essential Fellini” has left me with so many pangs of guilt. At such a steal of a price AND for all that one receives, I often feel compelled to cut and mail a matching priced check directly to the home offices of Criterion.

Yup, it’s THAT good.

Now, with said, I am also an advocate for all consumers who seeks a Stand-Alone of any given title. After all, why shouldn’t they be just as happy, too?

Yes, La Dolce Vita is a VERY good beginning.
 
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Same master as in the Criterion box. LOOKS AMAZING.

It's Region B, but I'm assuming you have a Region Free player by now.

Yes, thanks...I knew about the import, but those aree becoming very expensive and the shipping times (thanks to you know who + the pandemic) are very lengthy. I was hoping Criterion would give us a separate release. I do believe that the import can be ordered from third party sellers in the U.S. now, so I will again look into it. And yes, I have several region-free players.
 
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Yes, thanks...I knew about the import, but those aree becoming very expensive and the shipping times (thanks to you know who + the pandemic) are very lengthy. I was hoping Criterion would give us a separate release. I do believe that the import can be ordered from third party sellers in the U.S. now, so I will again look into it. And yes, I have several region-free players.
I have purchased region Bs from Amazon UK, DE, FR throughout the pandemic, and also from Rare-Waves the Amazon US seller. Except for a few weeks when the Amazon EU stores were not shipping to the US at all, I have not noticed any delays in shipping. Every disc has been received between seven and 14 days, in line with pre-pandemic times.
 

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I have purchased region Bs from Amazon UK, DE, FR throughout the pandemic, and also from Rare-Waves the Amazon US seller. Except for a few weeks when the Amazon EU stores were not shipping to the US at all, I have not noticed any delays in shipping. Every disc has been received between seven and 14 days, in line with pre-pandemic times.

Thanks for the info.
 

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I think both Criterion Blu-rays are derived from the same Film Foundation 4K restoration. Granted, the extras on the box set are more substantial.

It is indeed the same restoration. The Paramount BD even comes with the same disclaimer about the elements found on the Criterion release.

Oddly, during his intro, Martin Scorsese thanks Paramount for their efforts... even though they just reused a now-12-year-old restoration. Did Marty think the 2022 BD came from a new scan?
 

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