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Bicycle Thief, The (Ladri Di Biciclette)R4

    The Region 1 release of The Bicycle Thief apparently has burned in subtitles and is unrestored. It does not have the long feature on the Region 4 edition but does have filmographies and the theatrical trailer.

    In my quest to find out more about the restoration process for this DVD I have noted that the English Region 2 release speaks of a new digitally restored transfer. As said above the Region 4 version seems to be a quality assemblage rather than a digital restoration. I have read three reviews of the Region 2 release and the comments the reviewers make as to picture quality are similar to my own. My view is that the Region 4 is the equal of the Region 2 and that the Region 4 is preferable until someone decides to restore it frame by frame.