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
The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, is Luchino Visconti
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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