Blu-ray, 4K UHD Release: Cinema Paradiso

Blu-ray & 4K UDH Release Date: Available now
Price: 4K UHD $34.99, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Arrow/MVD

Cinema Paradiso, the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989, returns to Blu-ray and makes its 4K UHD debut.

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 and 4K UHD editions of Cinema Paradiso contains the following:
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of two versions of the film: the 124 minute theatrical version and the 174 minute Director s Cut
-Uncompressed original stereo 2.0 Audio and 5.1 surround sound options
-Optional English subtitles
-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 the director and extracts from his early home movies as well as 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 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


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