I never watch a dubbed version of a movie (especially French Italian or German - since I can much better follow along somewhat) when i can get the original language version and with appropriate English subtitles. speaking of which I had to use a somewhat older video conversion program I bought from Divx.com (version 6.2.1) as the current version is not yet subtitle functional it would appear after much time wasting in failed conversion attempts.
This is a lovely conversion and even displays the subtitles when played on a computer (or divx compatible disc player of course) with Divx player 6.4 installed.
The resolution of this conversion is 720 X 384 and shows a lovely picture indeed!
Audio is at full 128k bit rate.
By the way I am terribly gratified that the Divx versions of The Remains of the day and Sense and Sensibility i released into the bittorrent atmosphere a few weeks ago are going great! We especially have had great seed support with sense and Sensibility. I hope White Mischief will pick up some more soon as it is a lovely movie, abandoned quite clearly by an arrogant movie industry inane in its decision making across the board.
La vita e bella (I donated several copies of this DVD to our local library a year ago by the way, along with many copies of Sense and Sensibility at the time too) is a truly important movie as it deals with the limits of escapism in our daily lives. The engagement with reality that is displayed by Benigni's character is always it would seem at odds with the facts as they are told by an honest observer willing to be frank and even brutal with honesty when the circumstances demand. It gives his son especially a much different view of where he is in the world towards the end of the movie and the harsh realities of the sorts of people that you might encounter in the situation that was present in the second world war era, or even recently with such types as Stalin and Pinochet that have followed Hitler's example in some measure.