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Cinema Paradiso - The New Version

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  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00007G207
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,214 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review is not about the film which is great no doubt (I have seen it many times before).

However, it is an original version (Italian) and my DVD does not play this format (Zone 2) which my spouse informs me is European generally.

I did not check this seeing it is sold on amazon.ca, and will unfortunately have to return it.

Product arrived a day earlier and very well packaged, no complaints there.

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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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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Brand new, still shrink wrapped set of double Blu-ray discs sent by Rarewaves-CA, UK arrived in exactly 10 days, no Canadian customs or duties levied. Beautiful new transfer made from the film negatives for the 25th anniversary release; fascinating to see the 174-minute extended director's cut, especially of the reunion scene. Great sounding 5.1 surround audio track. Interesting extra features including profile documentary on director Tornatore and interviews with the two main actors.
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Format: Blu-ray
CINEMA PARADISO [1998] [25th Anniversary Remastered Limited Edition] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] A Celebration of Youth, Friendship and the Everlasting Magic of the Movies!

A winner of awards across the world including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 5 BAFTA® Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and many more.

Giuseppe Tornatore's loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo [Philippe Noiret], his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the high and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore “Toto” Di Vita [Jacques Perrin] reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.

Presented in the newly restored original camera negative materials and presented in two versions, which are the expanded 174 minute Director's Cut, incorporating more of Salvatore's backstory, and 124 minute Cannes Festival theatrical version.

FILM FACT: Awards: 1989 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix du Jury. 1989: Golden Globe® Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. 1989: Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film. 1991: BAFTA® Awards for Best Film (Not in the English Language). Best Actor: Philippe Noiret. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Salvatore Cascio. Best Original Screenplay: Giuseppe Tornatore. Best Film Music: Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone. 2010: 20/20 Awards: Nominated: Best Picture. Won: Best Foreign Language Picture. Won: Best Cinematography. ‘Cinema Paradiso’ was shot in director’s Tornatore's hometown Bagheria, Sicily, as well as Cefalù on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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