On November 7, Cinema Paradiso: Special Collector's Edition unspools on to DVD!
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A nostalgic look at a young boy's coming-of-age in postwar Italy and his fascination with a small local cinema, Cinema Paradiso: Special Collector's Edition 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: Special Collector's Edition is an unforgettable masterpiece.
Available on November 7 from Genius Products, LLC and The Weinstein Company, Cinema Paradiso arrives as a special edition DVD. Winner of the 1990 Academy Award® and Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Language Film and the 1989 Cannes Grand Jury Prize, Cinema Paradiso follows a young boy in war-torn Sicily whose dreams of the outside world are informed only by glimpses he gets from movies, and by the bond he forms with the local projectionist.
Cinema Paradiso: Special Collector's Edition DVD will have a suggested retail price of $39.99. A standard edition of the DVD will also be available that includes both versions of the film for $24.95 SRP.
- U.S. Theatrical Version
- Commentary featuring director Giuseppe Tornatore with Italian film expert - - Millicent Marcus
- Two new documentaries:
- Exploring a timeless classic
- Little Italy Love Story: Cinema Paradiso Style
- Cucina Paradiso - A food network tribute-easy entertaining with Michael Chiarello
- Theatrical trailer and director's cut trailer
Disc 2: The Director's Cut
- CD Soundtrack of film by world renowned composer Ennio Morricone
- One sheet reproductions
- Lobby card reproductions
- Food network and Michael Chiarello recipes inspired by Cinema Paradiso
- Languages: Italian Mono, French Mono
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Language: Italian 5.1
- No. of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 295 minutes
- Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
- Aspect Ratio: Enhanced Wide Screen Letterbox for 16x9 TV
Dont't forget to also check out: Cinema Paradiso: The New Version