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Cinema Paradiso [1989] [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Philippe Noiret , Jacques Perrin , Giuseppe Tornatore    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Agnes Nano, Salvatore Cascio
  • Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BB702M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's love affair with the movies deservedly won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Philippe Noiret plays a grizzled old projectionist who takes pride in his presentation of screen dreams for a town still recovering from World War II. When a child (Jacques Perrin) demonstrates fascination not only for movies but also for the process of showing them to an audience, a lifelong friendship is struck. This isn't just one of those films for people who are already in love with the cinema. But if you are one of those folks, the emotional resonance between the action in Tornatore's world and the images on Noiret's screen will seem all the greater--and the finale all the more powerful. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

This multi award-winning homage to the love of cinema tells the story of Salvatore, now a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first live affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.

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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning bittersweet experience 26 Mar 2007
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Originally released in 1988 Cinema Paradiso , is a hymn to love .Not just the love of a man for a woman or vice versa , but the love between a boy and an adult and their mutual love for a medium -cinema. It's the sort of subject matter that would normally have me running for the cinema exit so fast that I'd be outside before my chair had flipped up. But persuaded to see this at the cinema at the time by a friend I reluctantly went along. I was completely enraptured .Cinema Paradiso is a sumptuous film , funny, absorbing and moving.

The version I saw all those years ago was the truncated 121 minute rendering, foisted on the audience by a studio who thought American audiences would deem it too long. This they did by cutting off the end of the film thus robbing it of it's real emotional resonance .Even so it ,s still a magnificent movie. The directors cut restores the butchered 51 minutes and is the film as director Giuseppe Tornatore originally envisaged it so it makes more narrative sense .The cut version is wonderful but the directors cut is an absolute masterpiece. Both versions are on this DVD as well as a making of documentary and a CD version of Ennio Morricones sublime soundtrack.

An element of autobiography is surely integrated into the screenplay as Tornatore pays deference to his formative years in a small town in Sicily . Toto( an incredibly cute Salvatore Cascio) is a young altar boy who finds the whole thing a bit of a chore. He prefers to spend his time at the cinema , either watching the movies or harassing the projectionist Alfredo ( Philippe Noiret) His mother is a single parent as they both wait for his father to return from the Russian front and she struggles to contain the boys mischievous ways.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Projectionist's favourite 1 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
What can I say, I cry every time I watch this film! Beautifully shot, acted and scored, it's a must for anyone in the film business or if you just love the atmosphere of the Cinema, I'm a projectionist so it holds a lot of happy memories for me. When 35mm projection finally bows out in about 5 years time this film will be a tribute to a lost art of projection, you don't just press PLAY you know! :-)
BUY IT, and have some tissues ready!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable experience 8 Feb 2001
Format:DVD
Every time I see this movie, it almost brings tears to my eyes. Essentially a simple story about the younger days of the boy Toto, his love of movies and the cinema, aswell as his relationship with Alfredo the projectionship. But it's much more than this.
The central part of the movie shows how Toto's life as boy/teenager has affected his attitude to life as an adult, e.g. love of movies, numerous girlfriends, etc. The combination of humour, drama, and tragedy all contribute to a masterful piece of cinematic history.
To those who haven't seen the Special Edition extended cut of the movie (adds nearly an hour to the original), I'd advise you to see it at least once. Some people say it isn't necessary to the story as a whole, but I'd say it's inclusion is valid. It develops Totos life as a man further, and reveals a few things not really hinted at in the shorter variant.
Please let there be a DVD release of the extended cut in the near future. I'd like the choice to own my preferred version, and not just be offered the shorter movie.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical film presented in a super box set 1 July 2007
Format:DVD
Many box set deluxe editions are something of a disappointment, the barell being well and truly scraped for a morsel of an extra which will justify the repackaging and re-labelling of a film. Not this one. This edition offers both the original theatrical release, the far superior extended cut, a disc of great extras and the CD of the film's memorable score. The packaging is also quite innovative with a nice double page opening type of thing, not one I have seen before. I really don't think there is anything more to ask for in a de-luxe edition.

In terms of the film, it is masterful and touching with just the right mix of emotion throughout. The film is beautifully shot and the director's eye for detail and attention to the images are evident in almost every shot. The acting is brilliant, especially from the two lead actors.

This package is worth double the price and it is a great presentation of one of the best Italian films ever made.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 23 May 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is without doubt the best foreign film I have ever seen, with the possible exception of Das Boot (for which the latter falls into a totally different category anyway). Even if you are not facinated by cinema, don't let this put you off, because the shear quality story, acting, direction and romantic passion drive this film like a beautiful Ferarri. The locations are stunning and the story one of the best ever written. If you aren't really keen on films with subtitles. Please give this one a chance, because if any foreign film can sway you to watch more foreign films it is surely this one. It is nostalgic, romantic, beautiful and above all simply perfect. Buy it or rent it now! You will see what I mean.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime cinema 29 Mar 2007
By Sharpy
Format:DVD
This film is one of my favourites of all time, and I'm glad it's finally been done justice with this... a huge improvement to the picture and sound compared to the previous version, and the extras are fantastic - really informative documentaries and features, and it's almost worth buying just for Morricone's stunning soundtrack!

I can't rate this highly enough, and it's obviously been lovingly put together... recommended to all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
What a fabulous film. I w anted something to engage me and the children together. A really delightful story and beautifully filmed and acted.
Published 21 hours ago by Mrs R Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to keep a dry eye
I love this film. Truly a great piece of cinema making.

A thing of beauty and a movie I never get tired of and is a real treat to put on. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Retro HiFi
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story
Cheeky, loveable child gets a friend, who he torments and idolises at same time. He gets taught the cinematic background. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DuncanS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Film
Unfortuntely, my DVD arrived damaged and I had to return it to the Italian supplier. However, a friend loaned me hers so I was able to view it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PVM
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film !
This blu ray edition of Cinema Paradiso is a truly magic experience, whereas the earlier version didn't contain the directors cut, which is a must see, this one has and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. G. P. Goodall
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Christmas gift for father in law who loves the film, went down very well, well priced and quickly dispatched. *****
Published 2 months ago by Adey_5
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
Really a great film. Goes on for quite a while (~3 hours) but it is well worth watching it. Also, if you are watching anyone that cries while watching movies make sure you have a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian Michitti
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Gem
This is a lovely film and a real surprise? It is indeed a ‘bittersweet’ experience. I was very impressed with the simple setting, a town square somewhere in Sicily, mid to late... Read more
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