Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 31st, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1963
Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovanni Guareschi
Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini (part one), Giovanni Guareschi (part two)
Narrators: Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso, Gigi Artuso, Carlo Romano
DVD released: July 26th, 2011
Approximate running time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Raro Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.98
At the heart of The Anger is a film that explores two filmmakers views on how society has changed since the end of World War II. The two filmmakers in question are Pier Paolo Pasolini, a provocative filmmaker who is most known for directing the controversial film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. He would be murdered shortly after completing Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.
The other filmmaker which makes up the other half of The Anger was Giovanni Guareschi, a Italian journalist, cartoonist and humorist, who is most known for creating the fictional character Don Camillo. The Anger would mark his one and only foray into filmmaking.
Of these two filmmakers point of views, I found that I connected more with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Left wing views on societies changes since the end of World War II. While I often felt underwhelmed by Giovanni Guareschi’ s Right wing leanings. With that being said, both filmmakers proudly wear their political and societal views in such a way that there is no denying that there are no grey areas, when it comes to what they want you get across to the viewer. This in your face approach to getting ones message across can be off-putting and many viewers will find that the dish that has been served up in front up them is hard to digest.
The one area in which this film’s resonates the most are its visuals which are comprised of news reel footage of various atrocities and other disturbing imagery. On their own these images are potent enough, that the film’s heavy handed narrations at times lessens their impact.
Music also plays a strong part in the flow of the narrative, with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s uses of Albinoni’s – Adagio in G Minor being one of this film’s strongest assets.
Raro Video presents The Anger in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Considering that this film was compiled mostly from news reels, it is not surprising that the quality varies from source to source. With that being said this transfer looks very good considering the limitations of the source materials. Contrast and black levels look consistently good throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Though limited range wise, there are no major issues with background noise or any problems with distortion. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free.
Extras for this release include five trailers, theatrical trailer (4 minutes 31 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles), original trailer (1 minute 10 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles), original trailer – in color (1 minute 5 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles), Pasolini trailer (1 minute 31 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles), Guareschi trailer (1 minutes 7 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles) and a feature length documentary about this film titled ‘The Anger 1, The Anger 2, The Anger 3… Arabia’ (71 minutes 57 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles). The documentary contains a wealth of insight into this production and it’s two creative forces, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovanni Guareschi. Other extras include a short film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini titled ‘Le mura di Sana’ (13 minutes 23 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles). Also included with this release is a twenty four page booklet with that includes comments about the production that was written by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovanni Guareschi, a text piece about the trailers for this film, a text bio for Pier Paolo Pasolini, a essay that discusses the differences between Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovanni Guareschi as filmmakers, a essay about a plans for a third version of La Rabbia (The Anger) and a essay about this releases restoration. Overall this is another exceptional release from Raro Video.