The Witches Blu-ray

The Witches

In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five famed Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch.

Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. 

Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian’s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano’s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books.

Production Year: 1967
Region Code: B
Running Time: 121 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono 1.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Colour: Colour
Director Luchino Visconti
Director Franco Rossi
Director Pier Paolo Pasolini
Director Mauro Bolognini
Director Vittorio de Sica
Cast Silvana Mangano
Cast Clint Eastwood
Cast Toto
Cast Ninetto Davoli


• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original Italian mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)

• Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas

• The complete English-language version of The Witches, on home video for the first time in any format, presented in High Definition and with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

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