THE SISSI COLLECTION REVIEWED
“The Sissi Collection” is pretty incredible. It’s one of those oddball Euro releases from the 1950s that set the World Cinema on fire. Unfortunately, it’s only known for a rather dubious achievement via Paramount Pictures in the 50s/60s. Paramount couldn’t get a grasp on the full German trilogy, so they edited all three movies into one feature that plays rather short. If that wasn’t enough, they slap a Burt Bacharach song on top of a period costume drama.
The 2K restoration is quite brilliant and the film holds up among Cohen and Criterion’s recent releases. Honestly, Film Movement is flooring me with their ability to pluck foreign films out of nowhere. The end result is a beautiful translation to HD that will only open up the material to more audiences. Check it out, if you have the time. If you don’t, then watch the American cut in the special features.
- Bonus American film cut of the Sissi Trilogy.
- Documentary excerpt
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track