The Miracle (Il Miracolo) (2003)

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Released 15-Nov-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 94:32
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Edoardo Winspeare
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Carlo Bruni
Stefania Casciaro
Claudio D'Agostino
Anna Ferruzzo
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.45:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This film is the fifth of eleven films in the Italian Film Festival 2004 box set. The films are very different and the only real link between them is that they were all made in Italy in the last couple of years. This one shares the second disc of the collection with Good Morning, Night.

    This time around we have an angsty and dramatic story of a young boy, Tonio, who despite his father's warning goes out riding on his bike and ends up in hospital after being run over by a car. The car, driven by a bitter and twisted young woman called Cinzia, drives off without giving him assistance, despite the protestations of her boyfriend. Tonio's father, Pietro, is an angry, stressed and bitter man who is having problems with his property development business. After Tonio wakes up in the hospital he seems to have developed special powers to perform miracles which enable him to save the life of an elderly patient in the hospital. His father refuses to believe that he has any gift at all but his mother sets up television interviews. Despite knowing that she drove off without helping him, Tonio develops an unlikely friendship with Cinzia who was deserted when she was young by her mother. The mother has now come back into her life. As the film develops, Tonio's abilities are tested by various means as people try to seek his help.

    I am sure this film is very worthy, however I found it slow, lacking in entertainment value and more than a little depressing. Technically, this film featured some nice cinematography.

    This is not the film from this box set that I would recommend you watch first or in a slightly depressed mood. People who enjoy this style of filmmaking may get more from this film than I did.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is poor despite being quite sharp.

    The feature is presented in a 2.50:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is close to the original aspect ratio listed on IMDB of 2.35:1.

    The picture was quite sharp and clear, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was poor. There was grain throughout.

    The colour was quite good although it seemed dull at the beginning - this may have been an artistic decision. There is some colour bleeding from light colours but this is not too bad.

    Artefacts are plentiful, especially aliasing which is constant throughout the running time - even the credits alias! Everything you can think of from water to books to jackets all get in on the act. This is probably the second worst transfer I have seen for aliasing after Exodus. This one slips ahead because the individual spots of aliasing are not quite as severe as they were on that film. There were also lots of jagged edges. There were also lots of film artefacts, telecine wobble in the credits and jumps at 18:30 and 59:01 which were a sort of sideways wobble. Basically, pretty bad from an artefacts perspective.

    There are burned-in subtitles in English which are clear and easy to read and mostly off the picture which is nice. Obviously the very skinny aspect ratio makes this possible.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is OK but quite flat and lifeless.

    This DVD contains an Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue seemed clear and there was no problem with audio sync that my very limited knowledge of Italian allowed me to detect.

    The music is quite haunting in parts but doesn't stand out generally.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu allows only for the selection of which movie to play.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    I cannot find any evidence of this film being available outside of Region 4.

Summary

    A slow, depressing and angsty drama about death and miracles.

    The video quality is poor despite being quite sharp.

    The audio quality is decent.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
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