Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Taviani Brothers Collection

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 16, 2016
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.98
Studio: Cohen Media

The Taviani Brothers—the creators of The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982), Kaos (1984) and Padre Padrone (1993)—have been honored with many critical and industry prizes as well as top awards at the Cannes, Berlin and other prestigious film festivals.

The three films in The Taviani Brothers Collection— all released theatrically in the U.S. — are in Italian with English subtitles and are presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital sound.

The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
In this moving and highly acclaimed drama, one of the highest-grossing Italian language films in U.S. history and a multiple award winner at Cannes, a woman tells her child about a similar night in 1944, when she was six years old, and the residents of her small Tuscan town defied their Nazi occupiers.

Kaos (1984)
Magic, drama, misery and hope are given life in Kaos, a compelling film featuring five tales adapted from short stories by the great Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. In the most memorable of the quintet, “The Jar,” a craftsman hired by a feudal landowner to repair a giant olive jar gets stuck inside it.

Padre Padrone (1993)
Touching on the undeniable forces of time and place, the Taviani drama unfolds as a 200-year-old curse comes to rich life: after a young woman, Fiorile (Galatea Ranzi), learns that her own brother (Claudio Bigagli) is guilty of the crime for which her lover (Michael Vartan of TV’s Alias) was executed; she places a curse on her brother’s future descendants.  

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