Love him or hate him, Federico Fellini was indisputably one of the masters of film in the 20th century, and there has never been another like him. And now MGM is preparing to release two more of this inimitable artist’s work from the middle period of his life…when he started putting his own name above the title: Fellini Satyricon, and Fellini’s Roma. Here are the details about these unusual films:
Fellini Satyricon (1968)
Fellini wrote and directed this tongue-in-cheek hymn to the ‘glories’ of pagan times via a bizarre journey through the decadence and debauchery of Nero’s Rome.
Starring Max Born, Capucine, Fanfulla, Hiram Keller, Martin Potter, and Alan Cury, the film is epic, indulgent, sometimes boring, sometimes shocking, beautiful and absolutely original.
The disc will include an anamorphic widescreen transfer in the film’s original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks in both Italian and English. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The only extra is the theatrical trailer.
Fellini’s Roma (1972)
Fellini brings his directing and writing genius to this fantasy-laden cinematic paean teeming with the filmmaker’s remembrances of a pre-World War II Rome. Essentially, this is a travelogue unlike any you’ve ever seen.
Starring Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales, Pia de Doses, Federico Fellini, Fiona Florence, Renato Giovanneli, Anna Magnini, Marne Maitland, and Marcello Mastroianni.
‘Roma’ comes with a widescreen transfer (no mention of anamorphic for this one) letterboxed at 1.66:1, with Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks in both Italian and English. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Again, the only extra is a trailer.
Both films will be released on April 10th with the very reasonable suggested retail price of $19.98.