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The Black Belly of the Tarantula/La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero

Region 0 (Italy) - RHV
vs. Region 1 (USA) -Blue Underground

 

Details

 

 

DVD

R0 Italy
 

 

DVD

R1 USA
 

Disc(s)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)
1x Single-sided single layer (DVD5)

Running Time

 

Approx. 94 mins (PAL)

 

Approx. 98 mins (NTSC)

Video

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 8.32 Mbps
PAL 720x576 at 25 fps

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 8.21 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 24 fps

Audio

 

Italian, English:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

 

English, Italian:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

Subtitles

 

None

 

English (Italian dialogue)

Extras

 

- Interview with Lorenzo Danon
- Theatrical trailer
- Photo gallery

 

- Interview with Lorenzo Danon
- Theatrical trailer
- TV spot

 

Bit Rate

R0 Italy

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Screen Captures

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Example of Edge Enancement
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Comments

The US release seems to be a direct port of the Italian version - the tell-tale signs being that both share the same interview featurette, as well as the fact that the US version includes the Italian audio track with English subtitles - something Blue Underground almost never do. The same master have clearly been used for both transfers, and the differences are not particularly striking. The US version has marginally brighter colours and also exhibits a very slight cropping of the image. It also looks a bit "harsher" than its Italian counterpart (see above for a shot of the edge enhancement that people keep telling me Blue Underground's DVDs don't have).

The BU release will probably be the preferred version for most people since it includes English subtitles for both the Italian audio and for the extras. Those who speak Italian and crave the best image quality will no doubt prefer to go for the Italian version, though.

 

Summary

 

 

Italy

 

USA

Video

 

7/10

 

6/10

Audio

 

7/10

 

7/10

Extras

 

3/10

 

3/10