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This disc offers both the original theatrical release of Cinema Paradiso, as well as the extended director's cut that came to theaters over a decade later. Both are presented in widescreen transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Italian soundtracks that are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 English subtitles are accessible. This is a solid release that should be of value to anyone with an interest in Italian films.
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This disc offers both the original theatrical release of Cinema Paradiso, as well as the extended director's cut that came to theaters over a decade later. Both are presented in widescreen transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Italian soundtracks that are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 English subtitles are accessible. This is a solid release that should be of value to anyone with an interest in Italian films.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound; Original language track (Italian); English subtitles; Widescreen (1.66:1)- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions ; Theatrical trailer; Dolby digital surround sound; French lanuage track
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A foreign-language favorite gets a surprising face-lift with Cinema Paradiso: The New Version, an extended restoration of the Oscar-winning drama from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore. Cinema Paradiso is the touching story of a boy Salvatore Cascio growing up in Sicily during WWII who falls in love with the movies and forms a powerful bond with a wise old projectionist Philippe Noiret. Told as a flashback from the perspective of the boy, now all grown up and a successful filmmaker, the story jumps forward in time to follow the boy's adolescence, when he works as a projectionist himself. Paradiso is a triumphantly and unabashedly nostalgic gem. It revels in its sentimental portrayal of a small Sicilian town in the thrall of the moving picture, plunging headfirst into a love story set to a brilliant musical score by the great Ennio Morricone. In this newer version, the extent to which Tornatore has altered his classic is surprising. The director added almost an hour of footage to make what amounts to a new third act that significantly changes the tone and even meaning of his story. It's an audacious gesture, and worth seeing on that account alone. Fortunately, the DVD also includes the original 1989 cut, as many viewers may prefer one to the other. Either way, Cinema Paradiso is still a charming and profoundly touching film, drenched in enough dreamy nostalgia to please even the most diehard romantic.
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Like Star Wars, E.T., and other movies that have been trifled with at their peril, a very different kind of film gets "corrected" with the arrival of Cinema Paradiso: The New Version, an update of Miramax's Cannes darling and Best Foreign Film winner. Unfortunately, the same motive of squeezing out a few extra dollars applies here as well, even if it's disguised as a restoration of the director's vision, rather than what it actually is: a compromise of the film's effectiveness. If this was Giuseppe Tornatore's original cut, it seriously calls into question the director's judgments as an artist. The importance of a judicious editor comes into sharp relief during this new three-hour version, which leaves the repeat viewer longing for the brisk pace of the original, and the first-timer grappling with why the film is so revered. The extra 51 minutes of footage bloat the previously poignant third act, drawing it out interminably and deadening its wonder. What made the ending of Cinema Paradiso so bittersweet is that it did not attempt to solve the riddles of lost love, which rarely get sorted out in real life. By providing an unjust and unwarranted explanation of the lovers' tragic separation, as well as a new epilogue, Tornatore brings his tale of nostalgic history thudding into the present tense. He also reverses the understanding of key characters, their motivations, and the ultimate vindication of their actions. The mostly untouched first two acts still burst with the joie de vivre of a small town invigorated and transformed by its communal love of cinema. But the last hour squanders the contagious momentum of the previous two, doing crucial damage to the emotional closing scene, a defining moment that has rightly assumed classic status. Instead of catharsis, the end now elicits a sensation that's regrettably contrary to that: relief. The date of 2002 on this film which pertains only to the release of the extended version explains the presence of actress Pupella Maggio, who acted in the picture in the late '80s but died in 1999.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
More romantic, more emotional and ultimately more satisfying than the teary-eyed original.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
If you thought the original was a charm, this one (with 51 extra minutes) is probably about a charm and a half.... An even more complex story and a new, improved experience. Those added minutes seem to fly by.
Washington Post
One of the best tearjerkers of the past two decades. Ann Hornaday
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
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I'm happy to have seen it--not as an alternate version, but as the ultimate exercise in viewing deleted scenes. Anyone who loves the film will indeed be curious about "what really happened to the love of a lifetime," and it is good to know.
Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
There's more than enough bathos to drown in, or to win an Oscar for.
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
It's better: darker, more idiosyncratic, and certainly more interesting.

More romantic, more emotional and ultimately more satisfying than the teary-eyed original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 786936204018
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Italiano, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Noiret Alfredo
Salvatore Cascio Salvatore (Child)
Marco Leonardi Salvatore (Adolescent)
Antonella Attili Maria (Young)
Jacques Perrin Salvatore (Adult)
Pupella Maggio Older Maria
Agnese Nano Elena (Adolescent)
Brigitte Fossey Elena
Enzo Cannavale Spaccafico
Isa Danieli Anna
Leo Gullotta Bill Sticker
Leopoldo Trieste Fr. Adelfio
Tano Cimarosa Blacksmith
Nicola di Pinto Madman
Roberta Lena Lia
Nino Terzo Peppino's Father
Giorgio Libassi
Beatrice Palme
Ignazio Pappalardo
Technical Credits
Giuseppe Tornatore Director, Screenwriter
Beatrice Bordone Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrea Crisanti Art Director, Production Designer
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Blasco Giurato Cinematographer
Mario Morra Editor
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Andrea Morricone Score Composer
Maurizio Trani Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The New Version
1. Opening Credits: Phoning Salvatore [3:47]
2. Mother's Message [3:17]
3. Toto and the Movie Theater [5:05]
4. Can I Keep Them? [4:30]
5. School Days [2:06]
6. The Paradiso [5:01]
7. Fifty Lire [3:14]
8. Alfredo and Toto [4:26]
9. The Projector Booth [6:40]
10. The Exam [4:43]
11. Teaching Toto [2:02]
12. Times of War [3:13]
13. Abracadabra [6:48]
14. Inferno in Paradise [3:58]
15. The Cinema Returns [6:21]
16. Shuttling Prints [7:30]
17. Passing Time [3:30]
18. Salvatore's Footage [4:18]
19. For the Princess [6:39]
20. Padre SAlvatore [2:46]
21. Ninety-Nine Nights [1:25]
22. Love [5:10]
23. Elena's Letter [2:54]
24. Did She Come? [6:59]
25. Military Service [3:27]
26. A Cursed Land [1:03]
27. Whatever You Do, Love It [1:38]
28. Home Again [7:06]
29. The Funeral [1:45]
30. The Ghosts of Paradise [3:27]
31. Footage of Love [5:23]
32. Let Go, Toto [3:07]
33. Calling Elena [3:44]
34. A Place to Meet [5:05]
35. Only the Past [3:47]
36. The End of Paradise [13:54]
37. The Deal Is Done [4:59]
38. End Credits [2:04]
Side #2 -- Theatrical Trailer
1. Opening Credits: Phoning Salvatore [4:53]
2. Mother's Message [2:54]
3. Toto and the Movie Theater [4:41]
4. Can I Keep Them? [4:30]
5. School Days [1:44]
6. The Paradiso [4:38]
7. Fifty Lire [3:14]
8. Alfredo and Toto [3:46]
9. The Projector Booth [6:01]
10. The Exam [4:43]
11. Teaching Toto [2:02]
12. Times of War [3:07]
13. Abra-Cadabra [6:29]
14. Inferno in Paradise [3:58]
15. The Cinema Returns [6:16]
16. Passing Time [2:22]
17. Salvatore's Footage [3:52]
18. For the Princess [4:31]
19. Shuttling Prints [5:42]
20. Padre Salvatore [4:03]
21. Ninety-Nine Nights [4:38]
22. Love [1:01]
23. Elena's Letter [4:02]
24. Military Service [1:41]
25. A Cursed Land [5:24]
26. Whatever You Do, Love It [1:45]
27. Home Again [3:19]
28. The Funeral [3:52]
29. Alfredos Gift [:58]
30. The Ghosts of Paradise [2:53]
31. Footage of Love [:53]
32. Let Go, Toto [1:59]
33. The End of Paradise [1:56]
34. The Deal Is Done [3:25]
35. End Credits [2:27]
36. Chapter 36 [:01]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The New Version
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Malena
      The Star Maker
      Amelie
   Subtitles
      English
Side #2 -- Theatrical Trailer
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         French
         Italian
      Captions & Subtitles
         English
         English for the Hearing Impaired
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievably poignant, spectacular movie

    This movie captures you from the first moment and doesn't release you until credits roll. Both versions are fabulous, but the longer version finishes the story of that love from long ago. I want to buy one for everyone I know, it is such a lovely story. One not to be overlooked. Our love for the Cinema Paradiso theme song (Josh Groban sings on his first CD), our friend Drew Trectick plays it on his electric violin) caught our curiosity to see the movie. WOW are we glad to have found it!! Bellisimo!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For everyone that feels

    This is the best movie of all time .. it's a movie of love, relashions, memories, nostalgy and a lot of feelings of laughter and tears together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Poignant Hommage to Love and Cinema and the love of cinema!

    'Cinema Paradiso' is the poignant tale of 'Toto' (seamlessly played by three different actors - Salvatore Casico as a child, Marco Leonardi as a teenager and Jacque Perrin as middle age man). Toto is a young and impoverished Italian boy who, after the death of his father in WWII, comes to love the movies when a lonely projectionist, Alfredo (Philip Noiret) allows him a back stage pass into the world of fantasy. However, Toto soon learns that life and fiction don't co-exist in a world of all too real heartaches and tragedy. When Alfredo¿s sight is taken away from him during a fire that decimates the modest movie house, Toto drops out of school to assume his responsibilities in the newly constructed movie palace that takes its place. But Toto¿s future is forever changed when he meets the lovely, Elena (Agnese Nano). Their passionate rendezvous are thwarted by her stoic father and Toto¿s admission into the Italian army. The rest of the plot is best left up to one¿s own experience. But bring Kleenex to this masterfully told tale of young love. There are two versions of the film on this collector¿s edition disc - the original theatrical cut which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a new director's cut that is 59 minutes longer. Trust me on this one: you want to see the director's cut. It fleshes out character motivation and the latter half of the story in ways that make the viewing experience so much richer. Both versions have been 'digitally remastered' in anamorphic widescreen. The original cut is presented in Dolby Stereo, the new version in 5.1 stereo. But the original theatrical cut is visually rather lack luster by direct comparison to the director¿s cut - with overly dark contrast levels and subdued colors. Nevertheless, age related artifacts are limited and aliasing, edge enhancement and some pixelization inherent in the original release are not present on the special edition. Over all the film looks very clean. Nothing can detract from the performances - there's not a one to fault in this beautifully told masterpiece. A genuine shame arises in that there are NO EXTRAS to augment this double bill. But I implore, regardless, you must see 'Cinema Paradiso'. Brilliant, poignant, tragic, but ultimately a moving experience that - in this age of digital generated this and reality based that - will make you remember why it is that we all go to the movies! Paradiso is the reason why celluloid was invented. A MUST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Foriegn Film ever, Best film ever.

    I have seen the first version at least five times and the new version once. It is without a doubt one of the best films ever made. The new version is just as good as the first and the director has seamlessly woven all of the missing parts that were left on the cutting room floor. In this movie the music will draw you in and bring tears to your eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gem of Italian Cinema

    The 'New Version' is actually the original version that won countless awards at the Cannes Film Festival. It was cut for release to the general public. Both versions are excellent, but I recommend watching the non-extended version first. This is by far my favorite Italian Film, and worth watching again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should've left well enough alone !

    Five stars for the original version, but subtract three and a half stars for the 'new' version. The 'director's cut' crams on almost 50% more footage, and basically ruins the original story. The 'explanation' is a corny and contrived semi-happy ending that requires complete suspension of disbelief. Heartbreak and mystery are part of growing up and part of life. All loose ends are not always tied in ribbons. The fact that Toto's character goes on to a successful career in movie making is already a happy ending. This is just a sticky, sugary mess.Also,trying not to give too much away, the new ending hinges on Alfredo doing something that would be completely out of character for him. After all the convoluted gyrations of the 'new' ending are said and done, we find him him reduced from a wonderful father figure and mentor to a character that is ultimately despicable. To me, this is an unconscionable revision. There should be a law preventing filmmakers from monkeying with perfection. This is lily-gilding at its most heinous. Sorry, but the new version is a complete stinker. Just watch the old one and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch the Non Extended Version

    The non-extended version is one of the best films I've ever seen. The full version takes away some of the mystery and actually makes this film extremely corny. It has one of the greatest ending scenes of all time. Just watch the shorter version first!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The MOST romantic movie ever

    This is a classic!!! This movie is much more than just a romantic flik-it addresses role models, love between a boy and a father figure, and the definition of success. This is the BEST movie you will ever see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Gem

    One of the best films I have seen in years. Looking through the eyes of a small town whos only link to the outside world was through movies definately left a lasting impression. You grow close to each character and feel as if you were part of the cast! I felt the movie was enhanced with subtitles. I also enjoyed the original versions ending a bit more than the newer version.

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