THE WITCHES

  • Release Date: 9th January 2018
  • Format: DVD
  • Starring: Silvana Mangano, Clint Eastwood, Toto, Ninetto Davoli
  • Directed By: Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio de Sica
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In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch.

Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian’s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano’s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books.

Contents

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
Standard Definition presentation
Original Italian mono audio
Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas
Interview with actor Ninetto Davoli, recorded exclusively for this release
English-language version of Vittorio De Sica’s episode, An Evening Like the Others, starring Clint Eastwood
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

SRP: $24.95

  • Details

    • Region: 1
    • Rating: Unrated
    • Cat No: AAD004
    • Duration: 121 mins
    • Language: Italian
    • Subtitles: English
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
    • Audio: Mono 1.0
    • Discs: 1
    • Color