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Original Title: Cinema Paradiso. Actors: Antonella Attili - Enzo Cannavale - Isa Danieli - Leo Gullotta - Marco Leonardi - Pupella Maggio. Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 124 Mins. Language: English. Region cod
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This film is subtitled - performed in Italian with English subtitles.
By the way, sorry for a review of something I only just received. I don't mean to mislead anyone. All the versions of the movie seem to be lumped together under Amazon though, so I figured I'd review the film at least, which in and of itself, is fantastic.
The "new version" of the film ultimately creates an entirely different vibe by virtue of the added love scenario upon Salvatore's return to the town of his youth. While not exactly soapish in tone, it certainly left me perplexed as to what to make of him. Could he be considered a stalker? A homewrecker? Even a pathetic failure? Or was he merely a genuinely hopeless romantic? There's no doubt that such a choice forced on the viewer makes for a more complex viewing experience.
Alfredo's purposeful deceit causing Salvatore's (and Elena's) loss of true love in life also made for added complexity, though one doesn't necessarily think less of the blind elder since the deceit was still carried out in what he felt to be Salvatore's best interest. What was disappointing, however, was that a real-life choice was denied the young lovers; though one gets the impression that the "choice" would not have been rendered with practical reason!
It begs the question: Was Elena Salvatore's true love, or was it the cinema?
This is a fine DVD including both versions; one can hardly complain because of it. I agree with those reviewers who heartily recommend viewing the original theatrical version first and letting its obvious enchantments seep into your psyche. When viewing the new version, know that those sentiments may be lessened somewhat; but also know that you'll be viewing a different film entirely...and not necessarily a lesser one.
Thankfully, this is the original theatrical release. The extended version is not included and personally I'm thankful for that. I'm still trying to wipe the stain of it from my mind a decade after first viewing it. No extras on this Blu-ray at all. I would have paid a hundred bucks to own this on Blu-ray and for ten dollars it's a must buy.
I only have one issue with this release. It seems to me that Alfredo's voice was dubbed over in this version. It's still in Italian and this seems like an odd choice to me. It was noticeable enough to really take me away from the movie. I don't remember that being the case for the VHS or the DVD versions, but it's been a few years since I last viewed the film so I could be wrong. Still, a wonderful film that should not be missed, and is also a treasure to revisit.