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Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray] [Import]


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  • Actors: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli, Leo Gullotta
  • Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli
  • Producers: Franco Cristaldi, Gabriella Carosio, Giovanna Romagnoli
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Release Date: Oct. 4 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PQUXA


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Movahedpour on Feb. 24 2003
Format: DVD
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24 2004
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By traveler on April 16 2003
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 26 2002
Format: DVD
Most director's cuts of movies have novelty values. Some such as Blade Runner or the Extended Version of The Fellowship of the Ring not only enhance the experience but also made one wonder why the original versions were released at all. Sadly, the director's cut of Cinema Paradiso was a major disappointment. The addional footage in the first half, such as Toto losing his virginity were inconsequential, however the addition of a major sequence in the second half, when after the funeral, Toto met and rekindled his relationship with the now older Elena altered the trajectory of the movie and worst of all, diminished the emotionally charged ending.
The original version of Cinema Paradiso is one of my favourite films of all time. There is also little doubt that Tornatore is a wonderful film maker, however, in this case, the original editor(s) deserved praise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on Feb. 20 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've seen this movie years ago and it's one of my favorite. The music in the movie is so wonderful that I brought a audio CD.
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By marita bell on July 4 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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. great movie plot, cinematography and most specially the music. quite similar to "the chorus" for the opening/beginning scenes (present time then flashback); actor might have been the same (i failed to check credits). great addition to my foreign films collection!
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By Nina Petrie on March 12 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
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By carla on Feb. 11 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie exceeds expectations. It's a great movie experience. Wonderful story Worth watching more than once! I Truly Loved it
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