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Cinema Paradiso (Blu-ray) R

A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.
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Format:  Blu-ray  (2 Discs)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 28, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: Arrow Video
  • Note: Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus
    • A Dream of Sicily - a 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legendary Ennio Morricone
    • A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise - a 27-minute documentary on the making of Cinema Paradiso and the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews with the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio as well as Tornatore
    • The Kissing Sequence - Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with clips identifying each scene
    • Original director's cut theatrical trailer and 25th anniversary re-release trailer
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Italian
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Italian
    • DTS HD Master Audio - Italian
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
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Directed by
Screenplay by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1989 - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes 1988 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh90%

Total Count: 0
...Told in amber-toned flashbacks, CINEMA PARADISO is a film all about glorious, beautiful nostalgia...
Total Film
Jul 1, 2003
...An enchanting, bittersweet movie...
Chicago Sun-Times
Feb 7, 2003
5 stars out of 5 -- Alive with rich period detail and lovely acting....It's a genuine classic.
Ultimate DVD
May 1, 2007
...It's a shining valentine to the movies....Its gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us...
Los Angeles Times
Feb 16, 1990
...Movie lovers will lose their hearts to CINEMA PARADISO....Magic, romance and fun...
Rolling Stone
Feb 22, 1990
...CINEMA PARADISO itself possesses enough command and self-conviction to demonstrate that movies can still manage to manifest an alternative universe...
Sight and Sound
Dec 1, 1989

Product Description:

A nostalgic look at a young boy's coming-of-age in postwar Italy and his fascination with a small local cinema, CINEMA PARADISO from director Giuseppe Tornatore is a famed and beloved classic.

"Alfredo is dying." Those words jolt the successful filmmaker Salvatore (played as a child by Salvatore Cascio, as a teen by Marco Leonardi, and as an adult by Jacques Perrin), into contemplating his childhood and the hours he spent in the projection booth of his adored local movie theater, Cinema Paradiso. Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), owner of the moviehouse, befriended and encouraged young Salvatore, known as "Toto" as he grew up in his small Sicilian home town, ravaged by the horrors of the war. The cinema offered escape and fantasy to the townspeople, including Toto's mother, a grieving war widow. In one breathtaking scene a popular comedy is projected onto the walls of the town square and the entire town glows in the dreamy light of projected celluloid, washing away the harsh realities of poverty and grief. As Toto grows to manhood, his friendship with his mentor deepens. With the love and guidance of the aging man, Toto navigates the trials of first love and builds on his ever-growing passion for the cinema. Ultimately, it is Alfredo who convinces Toto to leave his village to pursue his dreams of becoming a director. But as Salvatore thinks back on his youthful romances and his innocent love of movies, he comes to realize that perhaps his success has come at a very high price. A beautifully filmed tribute to the power of movies that captivated an entire generation of filmgoers, CINEMA PARADISO is an unforgettable masterpiece.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical rerelease: JUNE 14, 2002 (LA/NY)
    This 170-minute version of the film, using the title CINEMA PARADISO: THE ORIGINAL VERSION, recaptures footage that was original cut from the film.
  • A "Special Edition" version also exists, which provides more detail on Salvatore's relationship with Elena, and Alfredo's role in influencing it.
  • Shared the Special Grand Jury Prize at Cannes with "Too Beautiful for You."

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 86,060
  • UPC: 760137976981
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 2 items

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