Pinocchio

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Miramax Films tried a two-tier marketing campaign for Roberto Benigni's screen adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic children's story Pinocchio, releasing it first as a mass-market family film in an English-dubbed version and later as an art film in its original Italian, albeit with English subtitles. Miramax's release of the film on DVD seems designed to hit both targets at once -- this two-disc set features both the English-dubbed edition and the original Italian language cut, which also happens to be 17 ...
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Miramax Films tried a two-tier marketing campaign for Roberto Benigni's screen adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic children's story Pinocchio, releasing it first as a mass-market family film in an English-dubbed version and later as an art film in its original Italian, albeit with English subtitles. Miramax's release of the film on DVD seems designed to hit both targets at once -- this two-disc set features both the English-dubbed edition and the original Italian language cut, which also happens to be 17 minutes longer. Both edits of Pinocchio have been transferred to disc in the original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with the image letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The transfer is excellent, with the picture crisp and clean throughout. The audio has been mixed and mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; disc one features the dubbed English soundtrack, as well as a another dubbed version in French, while the longer version on disc two includes the original Italian soundtrack, in addition to dubbed English and French versions. Both discs also include optional English and French subtitles. Disc one also contains two bonus short subjects: a documentary on the creation of F.A.O. Schwartz's elaborate window displays for the Christmas 2002 season (based upon scenes from the film) and a look at the dubbing of the film into English, including interviews with several of the actors, including Breckin Meyer, John Cleese, and Cheech Marin.
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Special Features

2 full-length films; Original Italian language version; Hollywood dubbed in English version; The windows of Pinocchio: FAO Schwarz Holiday Windows in New York; The voices of Pinocchio: Creating the English dubbed version; English language track; English subtitles; French language track; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) - enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The sight of a middle-aged, harlequin-clad Roberto Benigni bringing Pinocchio to life may creep out adults, but the illusion might not matter for young fans of Carlo Collodi's timeless story of the puppet that yearns to be real. The Oscar-winning director-writer-star of Life Is Beautiful is at his irrepressible best (or worst, depending on your view) as the headstrong and peevish puppet who -- despite his best efforts to change his ways and be well-behaved, obedient, and honest -- proceeds to naively stumble into one calamity after another. The film may be too frantic for some tastes, and there is a stunningly ill-conceived image of a dangling Pinocchio hanged by "assassins" from a tree, framed against the brightest, fullest moon since E.T. But the boundless Benigni's performance is anything but wooden, and the film opens and closes with images that are pure magic: the Blue Fairy's mice-drawn carriage and the lovely, childlike sight of Pinocchio's shadow, which separates from its school-bound owner to chase a butterfly. As in the Disney version, the Playland sequence, in which disobedient boys are turned into jackasses, is a harrowing highlight. The superior subtitled Italian-language version is available on VHS and DVD, as is the critically maligned English version, which, though poorly dubbed, will make the film accessible to younger viewers. A titanic hit in Benigni's native Italy, this indefatigably eccentric film may well build a cult following Stateside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • UPC: 786936223446
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Italiano
  • Time: 3:37:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roberto Benigni Pinocchio
Breckin Meyer Voice Only
Nicoletta Braschi The Blue Fairy
Glenn Close Voice Only
Topher Grace Voice Only
Kim Rossi Stuart Lucignolo
Carlo Giuffré Geppetto
David Suchet Voice Only
Mino Bellei Medoro
Lando Buzzanca Mangiafuoco
Luis Molteni
Eddie Griffin Voice Only
Kevin James Voice Only
Queen Latifah Voice Only
Cheech Marin Voice Only
Technical Credits
Roberto Benigni Director, Screenwriter
Nicoletta Braschi Producer
Gianluigi Braschi Producer
Vincenzo Cerami Screenwriter
Mario Cotone Executive Producer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Elda Ferri Producer
Simona Paggi Editor
Nicola Piovani Score Composer
Maurizio Sabatini Art Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Once Upon A Time [3:50]
2. Enchanted Wood [5:14]
3. Wild Child [6:42]
4. The Grand Puppet Theatre [5:42]
5. Two Featherbrains [5:04]
6. A Fool and His Money... [4:46]
7. Liar, Liar [6:15]
8. Tell it to the Judge [6:13]
9. Where's Papa? [5:12]
10. A Good Heart [5:51]
11. Bow Bow [5:43]
12. Land of the Lost Boys [5:45]
13. Hee Haw [7:12]
14. Sad Little Circus Star [2:15]
15. Swallowed By the Whale [1:08]
16. All in A Day's Work [4:25]
17. Happily Ever After [7:12]
18. End Credits [4:47]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Once Upon A Time [4:27]
2. The Enchanted Wood [4:39]
3. Wild Child [3:24]
4. A Cricket's Advice [4:54]
5. The Grand Puppet Theatre [8:54]
6. Two Featherbrains [4:20]
7. A Fool and His Money... [5:43]
8. I'm Alive! [3:05]
9. Liar, Liar [6:31]
10. Tell it to the Judge [6:14]
11. Where's Papa? [5:28]
12. A Good Heart [2:05]
13. Bow Wow [3:42]
14. Another Chance [4:14]
15. Land of the Lost Boys [4:02]
16. Hee Haw [6:17]
17. Sad Little Circus Star [7:32]
18. Swallowed By the Whale [3:18]
19. All in A Day's Work [5:01]
20. Happily Ever After [6:02]
21. End Credits [6:04]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
   Special Features
      The Windows of Pinocchio: FAO Schwarz Holiday Windows
      The Voices of Pinocchio: Creating the English Dubbed Version
   Sneak Peeks
      Miramax New Golden Age
      Life Is Beautiful
      kolya
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
   Sneak Peeks
      Miramax New Golden Age
      Life Is Beautiful
      kolya
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun for all ages!

    My daughter loved this movie from the 1st time she watched it and is in love with Roberto Benigni's character. Though she is only 2 years she sits through the movie and comments on the scenes - I love watching it just as much as she does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    masterpiece

    Benigni's interpretation of pinocchio is wonderful, his grace and talent transport the viewer to another dimmension.Just Marvelous!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    A Wonderful and Funny Movie

    Roberto Benigni is so comical in Pinocchio's experiences. It loses in the English translation. Even though he is supposed to be a bad puppet, his honesty and love shines through. His voice and the beauty of his Italian words is what makes this movie great. Roberto is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A repugant mess

    This incoherent, charmless adaptation of a classic story is virtually unwatchable. Our daughters found it terrifying. We found it by turns tedious and repulsive. I can't comment on the much-lauded closing sequence, because we didn't get that far.

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