Life is Beautiful
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An inspired motion-picture masterpiece, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL was nominated in 1998 for 7 Academy Awardsr - winning 3 Oscarsr, including one for Best Actor Roberto Benigni. In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni) - a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor - has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II...and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate! Honored with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim, this truly exceptional, utterly unique achievement will lift your spirits and capture your heart!
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This DVD came with option for English dubbed over Italian. The languages must be close because it was not at all distracting. I did not want to read subtitles (another option on this dvd)
Overall, after having gone through a rigorous year of Advanced Placement history, I try to get the students to understand why it is we even study history. And, if they do not get what this movie is trying to accomplish, then we haven't done anything at all. Forget that the movie is low budget film which relies on few props and special effects, it's the humanity that's on display here: sacrifice, cleverness, humor, loyalty, and courage.
Those of us who have given high recommendations here fully understand there are movies about the Holocaust which represent another point of view of the horrific event that took place less than 100 years ago (I respect, honor, and watch those movies, too). Life is Beautiful is one of those films that witnesses to the soul--the human spirit. Also, you must watch it in the original, Italian version!
This movie needs no introduction - the beautiful tale that is "Life is Beautiful" quickly puts it at the top of many people's top movies of all time lists. This is the fourth blu-ray that I purchased when I built my new HTPC, and I have quickly amassed a large collection, seeking after the best of the best!
Let's get down to what you want to know. The image quality on the blu-ray is about an 8/10. Certain scenes are a little soft in their focus, but I was pleased to see that they didn't do too much de-noising on the transfer. I own this movie on DVD, and there is a clear difference in quality. The colors are better, and the overall sharpness is not overly-digital as you might find on some blu-rays!
Again, the sound quality is quite good, and again much better than DVD. I'm not an audiophile, but with a modest home theatre set up I was very pleased and the audio!
Even if you don't care about blu-ray quality, this movie is a must have. A surprisingly clean transfer however, makes this a movie worth future-proofing!