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Cinema Paradiso [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.

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  • Actors: Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale
  • Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (578 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PQUXA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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624 of 636 people found the following review helpful By --corinne-- on March 9, 2004
Format: DVD
Cinema Paradiso is one of my favorite movies. I finally found the new version available for rent through Netflix when I couldn't find it in any Blockbuster.
For those who have already seen Cinema Paradiso it needs no introduction. For everybody else, it won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in 1989 and features one of the most nostalgic treatments of the role of movies in people's lives. Ennio Morricone's theme song has also been recycled in countless commercials and movie montages and trailers.
What's good about the Director's Cut or "New Version" DVD is that one can view the director's cut with added scenes on one DVD side and the originally released version on the other.
For those of us who wanted some kind of closure to Toto and Elena's relationship, the Director's Cut has it-- there's about an hour more of footage of their relationship. The new version also more footage of Toto's military service and his adulthood. The added scenes somewhat mute the focus of the movie, so I could see why they were originally cut out. But, at the same time, the added scenes fill in the blanks that originally made a lot of us think, "Hey-- What about...?" And although Toto's childhood scenes are, as far as I can tell, unchanged from the original version, we also find out more about Alfredo.
After finishing the New Version I appreciated the original version better. I highly recommend the new version not because it makes Cinema Paradiso more of a masterpiece, but because it adds more characterization to what, arguably, is a masterpiece. The added scenes can be a bit superfluous, but they show how important editorial decisions are to shaping the structure and momentum of a movie.
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218 of 230 people found the following review helpful By D. Movahedpour on February 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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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Frank G on October 3, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
5 stars - I've seen the original in Italian (at least 25 times) since its release... however, the version we saw in the U.S. was half hour shorter than the Italian release (I was lucky enough to obtain the original length VHS version years ago.) In the original, after 30 years we learn that Elena did come to meet Toto prior to her departure as they had planned but... well ... It would be a crime to give it away (In the hopes that you see the original.) The missing pieces make the ending - and all the pieces in between - fit like a perfect glove. The gift that Alfredo made to Toto (the pieced together clips of missing kissing scenes) has a greater meaning when put in the full context (I still get emotional seeing it.) It's even more poignant than before but, unfortunately, the meaning of a lot of the symbols and scenes, although pretty good in the U.S. release, were catapulted onto a different level in the longer version.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I must have watched this film 25 times and i know I'll watch it 25 more. I can't wait to watch it with my newborn daughter when she is old enough to understand. The message of hope and love is so strong in this film. When I visited the small Sicilian town of my father's ancestors I saw the same hope and love amongst its people. In a place that is in such dire straits by our standards I saw loveing people who truly cared about one another, whose love went so far beyond the materialistic. This movie portrays this so well. ALl that we see and hear, Alfredo is perfect what a father he would make and did make to young Toto. Toto's mother's resilience in contacting him. The scene at the end when Toto is seeing all the people he new from his youth, older and still in the same situation yet still happy and hopeful, and when our homeless friend walks through and states "La piazza mia." who can say they didn't cry but with a smile on their faces. A true masterpiece, I think I'll go and watch it right now. It truly is Paradiso.
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Music during film within Cinema Paradiso
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Learning Italian
Hi, I am not a native italian speaker however, I started dating someone a few years ago who didn't speak english, so i began to learn italian very quickly. Since then I have completed 4 semesters of italian at boston university and I studied abroad in Padova last semester. I speak italian... Read More
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Where can I buy the original cut?
Hi Mark...I just purchased the orginal cut, Italian w/English subtitles from Scandinavian Rare and OOP at Amazon product search site. Just to be sure, I sent an email to inquire and was assured this is the one we have both been looking for, it seems.
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Sep 29, 2010 by PJ DeAngelis |  See all 4 posts
Is there a version that is dubbed in English?
Yes. I have the director's cut and it offers an English dub
Sep 6, 2007 by Shhhh |  See all 8 posts
Are both version of the film spanish subtitled?

de acuerdo al back cover ambas versiones tienen subs en español...

de todas formas te confirmo apenas llegue mi copia...

Dec 4, 2006 by Luis Cohaila Guzman |  See all 12 posts
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