WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Ciao Professore!

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Paolo Villaggio, Isa Danieli, Gigio Morra.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 3036 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 1/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Lina Wertmüller
(Screenplay/Written By): Lina Wertmüller, Leo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Alessandro Bencivenni & Domenico Saverni & Andrej Longo
(Story): NA
(Music): D’Angiò Greco
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Pierluigi Leonardi
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ciro Ippolito, Mario e Vittorio & Cecchi Gori

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lina Wertmuller’s Ciao, Professore! is freely adapted from the novel Io Speriamo Che Me La Cavo by Marcello D’Orta. It tells the story of a northern Italian elementary school teacher, Mr. Sperelli played by Paolo Villagio, who through a computer error is as-signed to teach in a poor crime-riddled pro-vince in the south. While attempting to interest his students he is challenged by the spirited and cynical children and encounters the Mafia and a school bureaucracy headed by a useless principle. The story is told through Sperelli’s eyes and we feel his frustration in trying to inspire his pupils, only to become disturbed when he finds himself unconsciously absorbing the southern ways of how to get things done. The children are inspired by Mr. Sperelli but his revelations make him wonder who has become the most changed, the children or their teacher.

LaserDisc Picture:
Matted at 1.85:1, the transfer element ap-pears to be a print with good contrast, vivid colors and natural fleshtones, but one that lacks sharpness. Noise and minor artifacts are visible

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is mono.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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