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Leopard, The (Il Gattopardo)
Genre: Foreign

Reviewed In Issue 88 (Sep 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli & Romolo Valli, Ivo Garrani, Leslie French & Serge Reggiani

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One of this three-disc Criterion Collection set includes the original 186-minute Italian version of the movie with an audio commentary track by film scholar and critic Peter Cowie. Disc Two is a supplement-rich disc featuring A Dying Breed: The Making Of The Leopard, a new 62-minute making-of documentary; a 20-minute interview with producer Goddredo Lombardo; a 14-minute interview with Mariano DiVito

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1602D
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $49.95
(DVD Type): Three DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 186
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1963
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/08/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Luchino Visconti
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, is Luchino Visconti

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.21:1 DVD picture can look quite pleasing, though dated characteristics are inherent. (A 2.35:1-framed version of the shortened American release is available on Disc Three.) The color palette is a bit subdued, with brownish fleshtones and deep, but undefined blacks. Many exterior scenes appear slightly washed out. Sharpness and detail varies, with some scenes offering satisfying textures and others appearing undefined or somewhat smeared. The source element is revealing of flickering brightness, as well as flecks of dirt and artifacts, but overall the picture is quite clean due to an extensive restoration. Edge enhancement can be a problem with this title. (Suzanne Hodges)

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