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Ludwig (2-Disc Standard Edition)

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Genres: Biography, Drama, History
Starring: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard
Director: Luchino Visconti
Plot Synopsis:

A string of masterpieces behind him – including Ossessione, Senso, The Leopard and Death in Venice – the great Italian director Luchino Visconti turned his attentions to the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1972, resulting in an epic of 19th-century decadence.

Dominated by Helmut Berger (The Damned, The Bloodstained Butterfly) in the title role, Ludwig nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterisation from the Sissi trilogy), Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice), Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger), John Moulder-Brown (Deep End) and Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter) as Richard Wagner.

As opulent as any of Visconti’s epics – Piero Tosi’s costume design was nominated for an Academy Award – Ludwig is presented here in its complete form in accordance with the director’s wishes.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • 2K restoration from the original film negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Two viewing options: the full-length theatrical cut or as five individual parts
  • Original Italian soundtrack with optional English subtitles
  • Original English soundtrack with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Interview with actor Helmut Berger
  • Interview with producer Dieter Geissler
  • Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary portrait of the director by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, Requiescant) containing interviews with Burt Lancaster, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale and others
  • Speaking with Suso Cecchi d’Amico, an interview with the screenwriter
  • Silvana Mangano: The Scent of a Primrose, a half-hour portrait of the actress
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of original poster artwork
  • Release Details
    Release Date: December 14th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: R
    Movie Release Year: 1973
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
  • Technical Specs
    Length:238 Minutes
    Specs:2 x Blu-ray Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:English: LPCM Mono
    Italian: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English, English SDH