Under the Tuscan Sun [Blu-ray]
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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.
Deleted Scenes, Including "Discovering The Fresco" --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.
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!
Fortunately the trend has changed and stars like Diane Lane have plenty of meat and bones in their roles. Such is the case in Under the Tuscan Sun. The story begins with San Francisco writer and book reviewer Lane reeling under the tragedy of divorce.
Lane is provided with a free tour to Tuscany by a lesbian friend who bypasses the trip she purchased to give birth via in vitro fertilization. Lane bolts the gay tour in beautiful Tuscany, where she experiences an epiphany. She becomes enchanted and eventually buys an old house, with a reclamation project following, in the course of which she gets acquainted with the people and the area.
Eventually Lane's lesbian friend turns up in Tuscany with a new baby after her gay relationship ends. In addition to this adjustment, Lane finds herself awakening in the sexual realm. An experience with a handsome young man from the area prompts her to see herself as never before.
Lane's character arc in the film is significant as she sees herself in her new setting as never before. The relationship with the handsome young local has a strong bearing in bringing her out and creating a more developed woman. By the film's end she has enhanced her understanding of life and become more mature. She is then able to face life in a new way, having thrown off the shackles of the past.
It is really the story of a woman who proves to herself that she can make it on her own, without a man, anywhere and anytime. On a trip to Italy, trying to take her mind off her recent divorce, she spontaneously buys an Italian villa...one which needs a lot of work and repairs...and settles herself in this country. She slowly makes it her home, while making friends in a foreign land and learning a new culture.
I really enjoyed this movie for the scenes of Italy and its faithful presentation of Italian culture (not just the stereotypical view of Italians you get in American T.V. shows and movies). Besides the Italian people, there are Italian cuisine, beautiful villas, tours of the countryside, and people of other nationalities. I don't know how anyone can watch this film without seriously considering hopping on a plane and moving to Italy permanently.
Most recent customer reviews
movie good - disappointed in disc - unable to return to main menu after setting in subtitles or extra features ???? had to restart to watch movie, therefore no captions.Published 4 months ago by barb
Buy it, you will keep it to watch time after time. I lent my first DVD, it never came back, and I had to buy another copy.Published 5 months ago by Colette
Definitely a "chick flick", but with a whole slate of interesting characters, and the wonderful Diane Lane, it's not to be missed.Published 7 months ago by Carol