After The White Sheik, I was a bit concerned about Criterion and La Strada. The White Sheik's transfer was too dark, was missing its Part Two card and the shot that precedes it and was contrasty, a real shame given it's one of my all-time favorite films. So, I'm happy to report that they have redeemed themselves and come up with a transfer for La Strada that is the equal of their great transfers of 8 1/2 and Juliet of the Spirits. In fact, I have never seen La Strada look better - it's as though years of grime and guck has been wiped away and one can finally see how beautifully photographed the film really is. And what a film. Don't think - get off your butt cheeks and buy it NOW.