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  • Actors: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana, Pietro Notarianni
  • Directors: Guiseppe Tornatore
  • Producers: Harvey Weinstein, Carlo Bernasconi
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DGI5K2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A story of the painful passage into adulthood from director Giuseppe Tornatore ('Cinema Paradiso'). The year is 1940, and in the sleepy Sicilian town of Castelucto teenager Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) has developed a crush on the the beautiful and mysterious Malena (Monica Bellucci). Malena's husband Nino, who has been away fighting in the war, has now been reported dead, and the women of the town have taken to spreading malicious gossip about this woman who never fails to turn their husbands' heads. But as the gossip spreads, and the town fills with half-truths and false rumours, there is only one person who knows the truth, and that is young Renato.

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When 12-year-old Renato, riding through his small Italian town on his new bicycle, sees the voluptuous Malèna, little does he know he's beginning an infatuation that will carry him through the tumultuous days of World War II. Malèna begins as an enraptured depiction of Renato's adolescent mind--chronicling the way he stares, hypnotised, at Malèna's garters pressing through the material of her tight skirt, or his frustrated rebellion against the indignity of wearing short pants--but soon transforms into a portrait of small-town prejudice. Malèna's looks spark lust and envy in the townspeople; when her husband dies in combat, the gossip only intensifies, to the point where Malèna is dragged into court to defend herself against accusations of adultery. When the women of the town refuse to sell her edible food at the market, Malèna has little choice but to become what she's been unjustly accused of being. At the end, a twist of fate turns this tale of longing and jealousy into a heartbreaking love story. Monica Bellucci exudes the can't-help-it eroticism that makes Malèna such a lightning rod for everyone's desires with a beauty reminiscent of Isabelle Adjani. The movie seems to wander at times, but the ending has a powerful emotional impact. From the director of Cinema Paradiso.--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Very poignant and sexy story - like Italy itself
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the dvd was defective and froze towards the end.
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Now to be very honest about Malena its not a movie for everyone. Either you like it or not. I can speak Italian so I do not need to even read the subtitles. This movie shows the reality of the Italy during the World War 2. In some places it is very similar to that even today which is good. It shows the reality how things really are, daily life,no polish.the director did a great job to capture the period of when the movie was set in.Now MELINA, everybody loves her. She is a beaty among beauties. All the women being jelous and making plans for her downfall. We know that men including me find Melina irresistible. We would not be men if we weren't but to be fair to her the attention was non stop and I wont that attention on my sisters, girlfriend or any women in my family. She was treated as an object when in fact she was a lady in her heart. Monica Belluci played her role beutifully. The perfect actress for the role. Some people give this movie a bad review but I think is very unfair. It should be more than an average rated movie. You have to know that life style to really get involved in the movie. The blu ray quality is really good. I wanted the movie to be in full screen but we cant have everything. If you have a passion for Italian cinema just get it. If not give it a chance. To conclude this review this is the cut version of the movie. You only get around 92 min and there are uncut versions which give you 20 minutes extra. Again Brittain gets this movie cut to the bone and doesn't let us enjoy a full movie as it was ment to be. So you decide either get the cut version which is cheaper or get the uncut version but will cost you more. I got the cut version as all I wanted is to check the conversion to blu ray before buying the uncut version of blu ray.Also the English subltitle is burned into the image and cannot be removed. Great seller. Fast delivery. Thank You
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This Version of Malena is the one you have to go for. Its a great movie and the UNCUT version is even better in every way. Not burned subtitles in the screen either like the UK release. You can switch them off. Visualy it looks great too. Works perfect in Region B UK blu ray players, no problem there. Just get it. Fantastic Blu Ray. Great seller as well.
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This is a simple but entertaining and endearing film about the first feelings of love and infatuation experienced by a 12 year old boy. He falls for a much older woman, Malena (the beautiful Monica Bellucci), who - of course - isn't interested in this boy, Renato (played by Giuseppe Sulfaro). This would-be tale of youthful love and lust is played out in a grand context: the story is set in an idyllic Sicilian town during World War 2, and the hopes and dreams of many are shattered by the realities of war.

It's a well made movie by director Giuseppe Tornatore, and he succeeds in presenting a 'coming of age' story about sexual passions. The boy, Renato, experiences a variety of adventures - most of which are, in some way, aimed at getting the attractive yet mysterious Malena to notice him. Frustrated by his failures, Renato is driven to frequent masturbation (to the distress of his family). Meanwhile, Malena is greatly suffering - as her husband, a soldier in the Italian army, is thought to be dead. Finding it difficult to pay the bills, she is forced into prostitution - which becomes a major talking point of the town.

This film is in Italian (with English subtitles). The Blu-ray offers superb picture quality. I enjoyed this movie, and recommend it to viewers who like this sort of story concerning the sexual frustrations associated with passage into adulthood.
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This wonderful film from Italy by "Cinema Paradiso" writer and director Gieseppe Tornatore is in turns, hilarious, heartbreaking, and ultimately, triumphant. What starts out as a coming of age obsession turns into a meditation on human cruelty, and poses many of the same questions as last years film "The Majestic". Is it what people expect of us that makes us what we are? If we change to be this, where do we belong then, and can we be accepted again in the life we choose to live? Make no mistake, this is the darker side to those questions, and the darker answers.
Giueseppe Sulfaro is terrific as Renato, a young boy in an Italian town during WWII who has just gotten a new bicycle. His biggest goal in life is to get a pair of long pants so he can dress like a man. But once he sees the lovely Malena, his life changes forever. His adolescent fantasies about the most beautiful girl in the town are hysterical. He puts himself into the American films he has seen in these moments. From "Me Tarzan, You Malena" to his stagecoach western fantasy (obviously he's John Wayne) "My, you have the biggest guns in the west, Renato!" we can't stop laughing. His raging hormones are treated in a funny and yet tasteful manner.
His adolescent longing for her turns to something more as this film slowly shows Renato how this small Italian town feels about the lovely Malena. Men gawk and want to have her for themselves and the women hate her because of her dark beauty and make up gossip to cheapen her. But Renato has been spying on her through a peephole and knows the truth. She is pure. She dances alone in her house with her husband's picture, faithful and waiting for his return from war.
Renato loves the beautiful Malena and defends her virtue by playing nasty tricks on the ones who talk about her.
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