'8 1/2' Blu-ray Bound

Posted Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Federico Fellini's masterpiece is bound for high-definition early next year.

The Criterion Collection is bringing the film '8 1/2' to Blu-ray on January 12.

The Blu-ray release will feature 1080p video, an Italian LPCM Mono soundtrack (with English subtitles), and as usual there's a nice helping of supplements, including: Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam; Audio commentary featuring film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda; Fellini: A Director's Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini, newly-restored and in high definition; Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about Fellini's longtime composer; Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; Rare photographs from Bachmann's collection; Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos; US theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring writings by Fellini and essays by critics Tullio Kezich and Alexander Sesonske.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray is The Last Sequence, a new 52-minute documentary on Fellini's lost alternate ending for 8 1/2.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for '8 1/2' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under January 12.

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8 1/2 (Blu-ray)
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