New Release: Cinema Paradiso Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: Lionsgate


Cinema Paradiso movie sceneCinema Paradiso, the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989, has been on Blu-ray overseas, and for its high-definition debut in the U.S., the movie has been fully restored and digitally remastered.

Written and directed by Italy’s Giuseppe Tornatore (Everybody’s Fine), the drama unabashedly sentimental story revolves around a famous Italian filmmaker, Salvatore “Toto” Di Vita (Jacques Perrin, The Chorus). Haunted by the memories of his childhood, Salvatore returns to his small hometown after a 30-year absence and reconnects with his community, recalling the highlights and tragedies of his past. The most important place in Salvatore’s head and heart is the village’s beloved movie theater, where he is reminded of the deep friendship that he forged with the projectionist (Philippe Noiret, ‘Round Midnight).

Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the Blu-ray edition of Cinema Paradiso contains the film’s original theatrical trailer as a bonus feature.

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