Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Postby Brent_Reid » 03 Nov 2017 10:33

There's been lots of online discussion about the relative merits of the three different licensed BD transfers, especially on Blu-ray.com and CriterionForum.org. In case you're wondering, the consensus of best-worst is the Italian San Paulo (90:40), US Criterion (89:27) then UK Arrow (88.35). However, no-one's yet mentioned the huge disparity in runtimes. Does anyone know the reason why; is anything missing?

I only own the Italian BD and will post specs shortly...
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Re: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Postby Samuel_Scott » 09 Nov 2017 23:38

Moving to discussion as no correction included :wink:

I guess the time could be down to anything from additional company logos (though the amount of time seems quite big for this) to dead screen at the end.
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Re: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Postby Eric_Cotenas » 12 Nov 2017 11:34

Re: Criterion - aren’t Criterion and Janus logos part of the same video stream of the titles?

Italian might include logos and restoration credits (and possibly info anout the restoration)
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Re: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Postby Brent_Reid » 05 Dec 2017 18:43

I've submitted the Italian BD specs. The actual runtime, minus restoration credits, is 88:53. It uses the same new restoration as the Criterion, though the latter's transfer is much lighter and cropped. The Arrow BD (and the Oz Umbrella port) use an older, grain-scrubbed transfer. Can anyone confirm the actual film runtimes of any of these?
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