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Under the Tuscan Sun [Blu-ray]

Diane Lane , Raoul Bova    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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Experience the inspiring romantic comedy starring Academy Award(R) nominee Diane Lane (Best Actress, 2002, UNFAITHFUL) for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) on a ten-day trip to Tuscany. Once there, she is captivated by the beautiful Italian countryside, and impulsively buys an aging, but charming, villa. Fully embracing new friends and local color, Frances finds herself immersed in a life-changing adventure filled with enough unexpected surprises, laughter and romance to restore her new home -- and her belief in second chances. Enjoy every breathtaking moment in stunning Blu-ray High Definition.

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Deleted Scenes, Including "Discovering The Fresco" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars hooked on tuscany July 18 2004
By Astrid
Format:VHS Tape
I have watched this movie twice so far, and will probably watch it more often. Tuscany is a countryside that got me hooked the first time I saw it appearing in front of my train window, and it is the same with the movie. So, I could empathize, seeing the same happening to "Frances" (Diane Lane) when she sees Tuscany and decides to buy a house and stay. Diane Lane in one of her best roles, her face very expressive, her acting excellent.
The only disappointment came when I read the book the movie was made after: in the original autobiographic story, Frances Mayes is not at all a divorcee struggling with recurring bouts of loneliness, but rather, a woman already happily attached again to a new steady boyfriend, with a fulfilled life, and full of energy for the work on their new house. The movie trailer says, the character were "changed for dramatic effect". Wonder who did not like the idea that a woman could be happy again so soon, and decided it should not be shown in the movie that way ? Anyway, both are definitely worth your while, and in the book you can even find the recipes for all that great Italian cooking too.
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By audrey
The setting is the star of the cliched and unimaginative film about a recently-divorced woman who buys an Italian villa on a whim (how nice for her!) and finds love and loses love and finds love again. Heck, how are even those of us who've gone through a divorce supposed to relate to this character, who can afford to buy a villa capriciously and fix it up and never worry about money or relatives or other commitments. Aside from those quibbles, the characters are likable but there is no one in this film I would want to spend an evening with, and the situations are hackneyed -- characters who tell her to learn to live again, a snake in the bedroom, irascible characters who thaw toward the end of the film, etc. I strugged to make it through to the end, and itt certainly doesn't make me want to read the book.
DVD extras include a commentary track with writer-director Audrey Wells, a 9-minute featurette called "Tuscany 101", and 3 deleted scenes. The film can be heard in English or French and subtitled in English or Spanish -- what, no Italian?!
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Hey any movie with Diane Lane and filmed in Tuscany warrants consideration. Although I agree with many of the criticisms that many reviewers have about "Under the Tuscan Sun," my take on it is that, while not a great movie, watching Miss Lane do her thing in the middle of a gorgeous setting is not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

In a nutshell, the movie deals with Lane's character doing something that few of us would do after discovering that her hubby has been playing outside the home. I hope that this is not sexist cinematic punishment for her Oscar-nominated role in "Unfaithful." That thing is does is take off to Tuscany for a vacation that turns into something else. While it certainly is no "Shirley Valentine," there are times when your diet may require some fluff without the gritty realism or intellectual challenge that a "better" movie requires.
Lane's character winds up falling in love with Tuscany and of course she discovers a bunch of things about herself via the beauty of the place and its quirky characters (at least to the U.S. eye). Many clichés are shown, and the cynic in me could have dismissed this movie for being too frothy while attempting to tackle the pain of divorce. I wound up giving in to the movie due to its beauty, some original touches (particularly the tour group), some funny secondary characters (particularly Sandra Oh), and a few truisms that are thrown here and there. While not getting into too many details, I agree with those who dislike the ending as it is totally unearned and I think that there were better choices that the story could have taken with regard to what I am not being too specific about so as not to spoil it. This movie earns 3+ stars and while not a must see, it's a can see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a movie! June 23 2004
I saw this movie today and personally, I really liked it!! I dreaded watching this with my mother at first, but it's not your typical chick-flick movie! A heartbroken woman escapes to Tuscany, Italy to restart her life. Now, some of you may call this an unrealistic way to face your pain. But IT'S A MOVIE, for crying out loud!! I don't know about other people, but I like to watch movies to ESCAPE from reality! I face enough of reality as it is. I don't care to watch it embedded into the form of a film. It's pretty sad when we watch so much reality t.v. that it sucks the imagination out of our closed off minds! And while this movie may not have a direct plot, I think that it teaches a few good lesons. For example, what you wish for may not always come in the form that you want it to (Pawel's wedding, Patti's "family"). And also, just like an earlier review states, it truly is possible to move on after tragedy! Overall, this is just one those movies that gives you a little something to think about afterwards. And God forbid we actually think about what we're watching every once in a while!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Americans And Their Labels June 12 2004
Action flick,chick flick,straight,gay,hippe-it seems American society is constructed on infantile name calling.
This movie is typical in some ways-divorced lady leaves Frisco
for Tuscony,buys and restores antique home and searches for
a new love.But here's the important part-she doesn't 'get the guy'-and learns a lesson that I think is important;that happiness is within.Unfortunately people in this country,male and female,are becomming more and more emmotionally bankrupt.I
never HEARD terms like 'chick flick' until I was a teenager.I
think it's sexist,ugly and VERY all-American-undercut the differences in people,in every possible way.
Romantic comedies are usually the most obvious and clished form of film making there is-usually highly predictable plots and very shallow characters.But being based on a classic book there was already a script of sorts to work with.Worth whatching if not for the ending.And it's a well made
film without alot of schmaltz and cutesiness.So I think this
movie will appeal to alot of different people,especially those
who probably dream too much.If you need a little change around
you,being under the Tuscan sun might just be your kind of place!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Purchase was easy and
Great movie. Purchase was easy and fast
Published 2 days ago by Yvonne Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars I did the same thing!
There is not a lot to say about a book that brought, not just Tuscany but Italy to the forefront of many...the book inspired me to travel to Italy and buy my own dream! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mr Bieblish
5.0 out of 5 stars I spent 1 week in Cortona & 1 week in ...
I spent 1 week in Cortona & 1 week in Positano ( Almafi Coast ) Dream vacation.... Memories that will last a life time !
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 2 months ago by CeeCee
1.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies but the disc stopped playing after 58...
One of my favorite movies but the disc stopped playing after 58 minutes and wouldn't start again so I returned it.
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Makes me want to go back to Italy and stay there.
Published 2 months ago by Island Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Great Scenery
Romance, comical and great scenery in a spectacular region. Sandra O is great as a supporting character. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marilyn R
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect movie for the perennial optimists
This is one of those rare movies you can watch over and over again. I borrowed it from the library several times, and now that their copy went corrupt I need my own. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bluesky
5.0 out of 5 stars We absolutely love this movie.
Movies are so subjective so I won't say much about it other than we absolutely love this movie. We watch it every few months and never get tired of it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MAK
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romantic movie fix
I have come to love watching this movie; this woman's growth into a strong, single female and therefore opening her heart to love in all it's forms.
Published 16 months ago by Cathi Mounsteven
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