The Color of Paradise

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Overview

Love and shame drive this touching tale of a blind boy and the father who is considering disowning him to win the dowry of a local woman. Presented in the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen theatrical aspect ratio (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) and featuring a Farsi Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English, Spanish, or French subtitles. Extra features include theatrical trailers and trivia files.
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Overview

Love and shame drive this touching tale of a blind boy and the father who is considering disowning him to win the dowry of a local woman. Presented in the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen theatrical aspect ratio (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) and featuring a Farsi Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English, Spanish, or French subtitles. Extra features include theatrical trailers and trivia files.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: Farsi [mono]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven) brings another compassionate tale of childhood innocence to the screen with this touching fable. Eight-year-old talent Moshen Ramezani evokes gut-wrenching sadness as well as adoring love and spiritual connection with life, nature, and God through his vulnerable performance as the blind Mohammed. The supporting cast is impressive: Hossein Mahjub as the boy's father is despondent, abrasive, and spiritually bereft yet not unsympathetic. Pain over his own abandonment and the repressed love for his son shine through. Salime Feizi is delightful as Mohammed's "beautiful Granny," convincing and moving as a joyous beacon of love in his life. The senses are used gracefully in Majidi's work: sound and touch are vital to Mohammed's sightless world, so the director captures the staccato drill of a woodpecker, outstretched hands "catching" the winds, and tangible "reading" of river rocks as a lyrical language in the imagination of a resourceful child. Although the protagonist is blind, Majidi doesn't shortchange the audience on the diverse visuals of Iranian life and its terrain: misty forests, glorious farmland, the urban streets of Tehran, and wool dyeing with the colors of wildflowers. The Color of Paradise (1999) is a feast of raw emotion, tactile imagery, and bravura filmmaking from a part of the world too long in the dark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • UPC: 043396056060
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,051

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mohsen Ramezani Mohammad
Hossein Mahjoob Father
Salime Feizi Grandma
Elham Sharifi LIttle Sister
Farahnaz Safari Big Sister
Technical Credits
Majid Majidi Director, Screenwriter
Mohammad Davudi Cinematographer
Hassan Hassandoost Editor
Keivan Jahanshahi Score Composer
Mehdi Karimi Producer
Ali Ghaem Maghami Producer
Mehdi Mahabadi Producer
Yadollah Najafi Sound/Sound Designer
Asghar Nezhadimani Production Designer
Mohsen Sarab Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:23]
2. Braille Test [1:33]
3. Souvenirs [3:02]
4. Waiting for Father [1:44]
5. Return to the Nest [4:47]
6. "Keep This Child." [2:38]
7. Business [2:06]
8. Catching the Wind [3:23]
9. Abc [4:29]
10. Granny [1:01]
11. Gifts [5:03]
12. Bride-to-Be [4:34]
13. The Shrine [3:53]
14. "Make a Wish." [3:18]
15. Special Guest [7:28]
16. By the Sea [4:02]
17. "Where Are We Going?" [1:09]
18. Ali Fatemi [4:45]
19. A Poor, Miserable Man [4:05]
20. Carpenter's Apprentice [:25]
21. Worried About Hashem [1:26]
22. Delicate Touch [2:06]
23. "Take Them." [3:57]
24. Granny's Funeral [:59]
25. Marriage Canceled [2:42]
26. Going Home [2:34]
27. Swept Away [3:33]
28. A Miracle [5:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles Off
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      Majid Majidi Talent Files
      Theatrical Trailers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That was sad!

    Although there were some short happy moments (see cover), the story is extremely sad with no happy end! I was depressed and I was very sorry about that blind boy.... I was deeply touched seeing him crying and I cried myself. This boy just wanted to be loved and be happy. And he was happy at the moments when his family was around. The movie is full of astonishing sceneries with green mountains, flourishing fields and foggy woods, however they lost their beauty in front of a crying abandoned child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    This is one of my favorite movies. Beautiful cinematography and a touching story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly beautiful and moving

    This film is a visual feast. The beautiful green mountain sides and vibrant flowers... the scenes in the forest and at the sea. This film is absolutely gorgeous visually. The story is also moving and touching. The closing scenes had me on the edge of my seat the first time I saw it. This is absolutely a must see. This film is one of my favorite 3 films of all time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Modern Classic

    Had to write longer review than one posted. If you love and appreciate great cinema, you must see this movie. Powerful but in subtle, lasting way. The ending is one of the best I've ever seen and worth the wait. Hollywood could learn a lesson in filmmaking from the international community!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A triumph of hope

    This visually dazzling film, shot mostly in the mountains of western Iran, tells the story of a boy who, though blind, 'sees' with his heart. With a wisdom way beyond his years, he questions the world, his presence in it, and God's presence. By these questions, the story opens out into a universal one to which anyone who has suffered can relate. Another reviewer on this site has said the film was too sad, but I think he might have misinterpreted the very last scene, which must be watched very carefully to see the final, subtle, triumph. This film will have you discussing it long after the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautifully done

    Highly recommended. This is a good movie for whole family.

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