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Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray] [Import]

Philippe Noiret , Enzo Cannavale , Giuseppe Tornatore    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy's lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema's magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret, beautiful discovery that awaits him in this acclaimed film from director Giuseppe Tornatore.


Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's love affair with the movies deservedly won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Philippe Noiret plays a grizzled old projectionist who takes pride in his presentation of screen dreams for a town still recovering from World War II. When a child (Jacques Perrin) demonstrates fascination not only for movies but also for the process of showing them to an audience, a lifelong friendship is struck. This isn't just one of those films for people who are already in love with the cinema. But if you are one of those folks, the emotional resonance between the action in Tornatore's world and the images on Noiret's screen will seem all the greater--and the finale all the more powerful. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Begs the question: When is a movie too long? Feb. 24 2003
I became aware of the existence of over 50 minutes of additional scenes in this film in the past two years. The original, pruned version received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990. I have owned the video for a decade. Then, last summer, the "new version" was shown in limited release, and a DVD was promised. With the addition of the deleted scenes, an entirely different film is created. Owning this DVD is owning a brand new version of the film's events.
Initially, the film was considered too long, and massive scenes were cut, removing any and all references to whatever happened to Salvatore's great love, Lina. The original version of the film focused mainly on the young boy, fatherless in post-WWII Sicily, bonding with the childless cinema projectionist, Alfredo. The young Toto grows into the teen-aged Salvatore, who falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Lina. They are parted. That is the last we see. Salvatore returns to his village many years later to attend the funeral of Alfredo, and the film is told nearly entirely in flashback.
In this version, Salvatore is reunited with his lost love when he returns for the funeral. To think that this entire plot was removed from the film initially is almost unthinkable. There are other parts of the film that could have been edited to keep these additional scenes in. I don't know what the producers, directors or the studio were thinking when they edited a huge part of the movie out.
Well, now the film is complete. Whereas the original version focused mainly on the relationship of Toto and Alfredo, we now see a conclusion to Toto and Lina as well. And, we understand the ending of the film in an entirely, much less sentimental light.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As great as movies can get. Period. April 16 2003
First of all, there are two versions of the film on DVD, and everyone has their own opinion on which one they like.
I had only seen the 2 hour version once, so while I loved the movie, I had no real sentimental attachment to that version. In my own personal opinion, once you see the "new" version, you can't go back. It answers the questions left open in the edited version - it's like seeing the original and the perfect sequel all in one.
Anyhow, as one who normally enjoys action films and comedies, this film is a real change of pace for me. But anyone who doesn't love it is completely out of their minds. It sucks you in and makes you an emotional part of it. The story, coupled with an incredible score, takes you away.
It will also take your date away if you choose a special someone to watch it with. The ending montage is fantastic.
I have a DVD collection of about 100 movies, and this one, by far, gets the most playtime. Get it. Best money ever spent on a movie.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both versions in one box! May 24 2004
I loed this film in its theatrical release in 1989. I certainly felt it deserved the Academy Award (for best foreign language film). I also loved seeing the full version that lays out all the details of the relationships, and their resolution.
I also enjoyed reading everyone's opinion as to whether the original version or the longer one is better. I can't decide myself. But a critical point to make is that THIS DVD contrains both versions (on either side of the DVD). So regardless of which you prefer (and here is the perfect opportunity to find out), it is on this version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story, Great DVD Feb. 25 2003
The New Version is great. The added scenes in which Toto meets his teenage love, Elena, are wonderful and add a soulful richness that was lacking in the US version. The resolution of their relationship completes the film as a whole and makes the final scene where Toto watches the missing kissing scenes even that more powerful. The film is filled with such a warmth and genuine feeling of nostalgia; like so many great Italien films, this movie is very moving and touching on many levels. Simply put, this is a great film watching experience. The DVD transfer is excellent; it is extremely sharp, and the color is rich and very natural. If you loved the US version released in 1989, I highly recommend getting this expanded version. You will not be disappointed at all; just make sure you have a box of Kleenex for the ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose the right edition Nov. 9 2007
Be careful!
The reviews you read are the same for all the DVDs about Cinema paradiso. But the Two disc deluxe edition is the only one with the whole story. I spent years looking for this version and I bought several DVDs that did not contain the complete story. I definitly recommend the two disc edition because you have both the story cutted for theaters and the full one which is, to my mind, the only one that worth to be watched.
I hope you'll loved this passionating movie. The more I watch it, the more I understand its power and its perfection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Version, Same Results Nov. 19 2002
This movie is the director's cut that Miramax Chief Harvey Weinstein chopped down into the US theatrical cut with which most American audiences are most familiar. The "new version" adds in extra bits here and there throughout the movie, but the most noticeable change is in the third act, where Toto's adult life is given more screen time. The story takes a darker tone here than in the rest of the movie, but it does not diminish the power and beauty of the ending, which has remained intact. This DVD is highly recommended for fans of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites !!
I cry everytime... so it doesn't get better than this !!!
Published 1 month ago by Christian Olivares
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Raff D.P.
4.0 out of 5 stars movies and his first teenage love. He doesn't forget either
The hero of this story has two lovers, movies and his first teenage love. He doesn't forget either. You will laugh and probably cry as well.
Published 1 month ago by David Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great copy. I love it.
Published 2 months ago by Jay-mer Aquino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by amadan65
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Cinema Paradiso [1997] [25th Anniversary Re-mastered Limited Edition] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH, FRIENDSHIP AND THE EVERLASTING MAGIC OF THE MOVIES! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Quick delivery. Thanks so much.
Published 3 months ago by Becky McCaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie plot
received the abridged version (120 mins) instead of the uncut version. i thought i was geting the 2-disc item containing both versions as described by other reviews. Read more
Published 3 months ago by marita bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
One of the best films i've ever watched.A Great love story and great relationship between a Fatherless child and and an adult that replaced his father. Great acting.
Published 7 months ago by Nina Petrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Wonderful movie!
This movie exceeds expectations. It's a great movie experience. Wonderful story Worth watching more than once! I Truly Loved it
Published 8 months ago by carla
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