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Bitter Rice (1949) Gets a Criterion Collection Edition

Riso amaro (original title)

Bitter Rice (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Features

ActorVittorio Gassman; Doris Dowling; Silvana Mangano
Audience RatingNR (Not Rated)
BindingBlu-ray
BrandCriterion
Catalog Number ListMN-B016R7C3A4; LNMN-B016R7C3A4; POMN-B016R7C3A4
DirectorGiuseppe De Santis
EAN0715515165112
EAN ListEAN List Element: 0715515165112
Editionspecial_edition
FormatMultiple Formats; Blu-ray; Full Screen; NTSC; Restored; Special Edition; Subtitled
GenreDrama
Item DimensionsHeight: 75; Length: 675; Weight: 22; Width: 550
LabelCriterion Collection (Direct)
ManufacturerCriterion Collection (Direct)
Model35221461
MPNRelay time: 104min
Number Of Discs1
Number Of Items1
Package DimensionsHeight: 60; Length: 670; Weight: 25; Width: 530
Package Quantity1
Part NumberRelay time: 104min
Picture FormatPan & Scan
Product GroupDVD
Product Type NameABIS_DVD
Publication Date2016-01-12
PublisherCriterion Collection (Direct)
Region Code1
Release Date2016-01-12
Running Time109
StudioCriterion Collection (Direct)
TitleBitter Rice (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
UPC715515165112
UPC ListUPC List Element: 715515165112

On January 12, 2016, the Criterion Collection released Bitter Rice on Blu-ray. Giuseppe De Santis directed the film starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, and Silvana Mangano.

‘Bitter Rice’ Summary

During planting season in Northern Italy’s Po Valley, an earthy rice-field worker (Silvana Mangano) falls in with a small-time criminal (Vittorio Gassman) who is planning a daring heist of the crop, as well as his femme-fatale-ish girlfriend, played by the Hollywood star Doris Dowling. Both a socially conscious look at the hardships endured by underpaid field workers and a melodrama tinged with sex and violence, this early smash for producer extraordinaire Dino De Laurentiis and director Giuseppe De Santis is neorealism with a heaping dose of pulp.

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Giuseppe De Santis, a 2008 documentary by screenwriter Carlo Lizzani
  • Interview with Lizzani from 2003
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Pasquale Iannone

New cover by Ken Laager

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On January 12, 2016, the Criterion Collection released Bitter Rice on Blu-ray. Giuseppe De Santis directed the film starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, and Silvana Mangano.

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