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Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Diane Lane , Sandra Oh , Audrey Wells  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta
  • Directors: Audrey Wells
  • Writers: Audrey Wells
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VD02Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Deleted Scenes, Including "Discovering The Fresco"

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From the studio that brought you SWEET HOME ALABAMA comes the extraordinary romantic comedy starring Academy Award(R) nominee Diane Lane (2002 Best Actress, UNFAITHFUL). Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) to Italy as a good friend offers her a special gift -- 10 days in Tuscany. Once there, she is captivated by its beauty and warmth, and impulsively buys an aging, but very charming, villa. Fully embracing new friends and local color, she finds herself immersed in a life-changing adventure filled with enough unexpected surprises, laughter, friendship, and romance to restore her new home -- and her belief in second chances.

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved and Beloved by All September 30, 2003
What starts out as an Italian "Money Pit" with all the attendant broken pipes, crumbling walls and incompetent handymen makes a turn for the better about a third of the way through: a more emotionally centered and revealing movie,"Under the Tuscan Sun."
The luminescent Diane Lane stars as Frances, an intelligent, loving women with close and committed friends who finds herself in a situation that many people do: with a mate who has fallen out of love, wants a divorce as well as possession of a much loved and painstakingly renovated house, this one in San Francisco. After the divorce Frances goes to Tuscany on a lark, falls in love with a villa there, buys it and proceeds to renovate it. The villa then is the physical manifestation of the shedding of her old life and marriage and the hope for the renovation and rehabilitation of her love life as well as her life in general.
That she probably places too much faith in the physical to solve the emotional does not detract at all from the guts and hope that it takes to do so. And Lane is so psychically centered and open as Frances that you cannot help but be moved by her situation.
There are some silly plot lines and performances that I wish weren't, but with a central performance as attractive and genuinely loving and feminine as Lane's, "Under The Tuscan Sun" is as warm and inviting as bread just out of the oven.
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best chick flick in a long time! April 12, 2004
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I am peturbed that Amazon would spotlight two bad reviews. This was an awesome movie that kept me watching it from beginning to end. I haven't read the book, but after watching that movie, I do intend to. It's amazing how uplifting this spirited movie was. Diane Lane was supurb without coming across as trying too much. We never get to see her husband "Tom" who screwed her over royally in the divorce, which I think was a good decision. The movie stays in the present looking ahead to the future with a sense of hope and promise. Pick up this movie for an excellent movie night - even if you're not a chick!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
We'll I'm not usually one to go to see comedy-romance films but my girlfriend insisted and I was persuaded by the fact that Diane Lane (one of my favorite actresses) was starring in it. Honestly, this is a very good movie. It is one of the best surprises of the year. The film is edited in a way that never makes it seem boring or long-winded and the film is very (I mean very) entertaining, with some great dialog and some excellent comedy and well-timed laughs. A few times I was uncontrollably laughing it was so funny. The acting was amazing with Diane Lane giving one of her best performances in the lead role as Frances Mayes. The film looked great and had an excellent soundtrack as well. I recommend this film very much indeed, even to guys because it isn't cliched and slushy in the same way other romantic films are. It sure makes a great date movie - Under The Tuscan Sun is a marvel!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this a "chick-flick" if I liked it? I'm a guy! May 16, 2006
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This film was a very pleasant surprise. I picked it out as a movie for my girlfriend and I to watch, since I had heard good things about it several years ago. This IS a chick-flick type of movie, but it definitely does not follow the same VERY tired romantic-comedy formula script that Hollywood loves to crank out. Yes, I suppose Under The Tuscan Sun is a romantic comedy, but it is a GOOD one, and it is fairly original in its approach.
First, I should say the beautiful Diane Lane is a really great actress, and plays her part perfectly here. You truly believe in her character, which really adds to the believability of the film (suspension of disbelief is important to enjoying a movie). Most of the supporting cast does an excellent job as well (with the slight exception of "Stone Face" Sandra Oh, her face always seems devoid of emotion to me). Probably the most important member of the supporting cast is the SCENERY. The landscapes showcased in this movie are gorgeous and pretty astonishing. The excellent cinematography takes full advantage of the beautiful scenery Italy provides, and the movie is all the better for it.
While the film is not outright original per se, it does take a rather fresh approach to romantic comedy, and you won't be able to predict what is going to happen far in advance (when's the last time you could say that about a romantic comedy??). The script is very good, with quite a few laughs and excellent pacing, and the dialogue is sharp. All in all, a VERY GOOD movie that both men and women can enjoy.
A couple of other things: apparently, the film radically departs from the novel. I didn't read the book (and have no intention of doing so). You won't need to read the book to enjoy this movie.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuscany April 15, 2005
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Not a good movie to watch at the theatre, but great to watch on a grey rainy wet day. Escape to Italy, and enjoy the golden countrysides. I just have one thing to point out, the point of the movie wasn't for Frances to go to Italy to find a guy and live happily ever after. It's to show how even if she wasn't with someone, she can still be happy and her life can still be filled with flavour. That's why all the potential guys in the movie entered and left the screen. Also, it just goes to show that if she can get herself out of her depression, she could enjoy life more, and eventually things will turn out fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Mooshy
5.0 out of 5 stars Under The Tuscan Sun
It is what most people consider a 'Chick Flick'. It may be but it is a Great 'Chick Flick'!
Published 6 days ago by JAL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
more velveeta for the wife
Published 9 days ago by Locus
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
My Favorite movie! This move is romantic and poetic. A trip to Tuscany is on my bucket list.
Published 14 days ago by Crystal Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!
Published 20 days ago by felicia e poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie! Julia Roberts is awesome of course! This product came to me in great shape. I would purchase again from this seller.
Published 21 days ago by Peggy S. James
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5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't opened it yet. I love this movie. DD
I haven't opened it yet. I love this movie. It's wonderful I have watched it many times on TV and decided to buy it, finally. The price was right! DD
Published 24 days ago by Bradford Vasseur
5.0 out of 5 stars It is superior to the other products I reviewed
Thank you. This product is just as I expected and is absolutely what I wanted. It is superior to the other products I reviewed.
Published 26 days ago by Linda Covolo Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good romantic comedy with tendencies toward heartwarming
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