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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but no director's cut..., 6 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Cinema Paradiso [1989] [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I wasn't expecting this Blu-ray to be available until January 2010, so you can imagine how surprised I was to see it sitting on the shelf of my local record shop when I rocked in there this lunchtime.

I've just finished watching it and picture quality is good overall, but not the best I've seen amongst older films put onto Blu-ray (not as good as 2001 Space Odyssey, or Kramer -v- Kramer for example). There were a couple of low lit scenes early in the film that looked very muddy and lacking in shadow detail. Light scenes were a mixed bag; sometimes showing lots of detail and sharpness, but sometimes soft and slightly off-focus looking. None of these things distracted me from enjoying the film though. So video quality is not brilliant IMO, but still a lot better than the DVD. BTW I'm watching on a 50" plasma from 9 feet away if that helps.

Sound quality seemed fine to me, but I'm not much of an audio aficionado, so can't say much about that.

This Blu-ray only contains the shortened international release, not the director's cut. Bit of a shame really, as I thought the story presented in the director's cut had much more of an emotional impact. I would have liked to have seen a Blu-ray release with the director's cut (as the story was intended to be shown) or even better, both versions in one edition.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2009 23:08:10 GMT
D. Sinclair says:
Thanks for your review. I saw this in the cinema when it was first released and had the VHS copy soon after. Shame the longer Director's Cut is not on this release. I'll definitely delay purchase until the longer version is on Blu-ray. Movie companies cashing in....let's stop them.

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 00:02:01 GMT
Thanks for review. Can you tell if the audio is in 5.1 channels and subtitles information?

Posted on 16 Dec 2009 22:30:09 GMT
Top review! Keep up the good work!

Posted on 22 Dec 2009 10:58:45 GMT
oxymoron48 says:
Excellent helpful review. Thank you.

Posted on 10 Mar 2010 09:45:53 GMT
Thai-ger says:
It is disappointing to find out that the Blu -Ray version is not the directors cut.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2011 10:39:10 GMT
I emailed Arrow Films about a Director's cut Blu-Ray and they said that there isn't an HD master of the Director's cut yet, otherwise it would already be out on Blu-Ray. If there eve comes a time when an HD of the Director's cut comes along then Arrow would release it on Blu-Ray.

For the time being if you want the longer Director's Cut then buy the Deluxe boxset as it contains both versions of the film, a Disc of extras and the Soundtrack.
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