❉ Immerse yourself in the glorious, Oscar-winning classic on the big screen.
The ultimate love letter to the big screen is set to return to cinemas during these tumultuous times, as the irresistible and much-loved celebration of ‘youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of movies’, presented in a stunning 4k restoration, arrives in selected cinemas from 23rd October courtesy of Arrow Academy.
Salvatore, a successful film director, returns home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.
Cinema Paradiso is set in a cinema, and should be seen in one, and what better way to support your local big screen this month than by watching this lovingly restored classic – over two-and-a-half hours of glorious, and much-needed, escapism, that “wraps you in a tender embrace and refuses to let go” (Empire Magazine).
A winner of awards across the world including the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and 5 BAFTAs, Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to cinema is a miracle of a movie, that The Guardian describes as “a real experience and a classic”.
Touching, funny, moving, and completely involving, the viewer is whisked away on a bittersweet journey reflecting on youth, love, and regret – and the all-consuming fascination of film. Philippe Noiret (Round Midnight) won a BAFTA for his marvellous performance as the projectionist, while Salvatore Cascio is utterly charming as the young boy who is obsessed with the silver screen. The extraordinarily life-affirming finale, featuring the montage of famous cinematic kisses, is one of cinema’s most beguiling and transcendent moments.
Following its theatrical run, Cinema Paradisowill be released on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from November 23rd in the UK and on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from November 24th in the US & Canada.
The original award-winning theatrical version of Tornatore’s classic is presented here for the first time on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray. This edition also includes the expanded Director s Cut, which delves deeper into Salvatore’s backstory.
Special Edition Contents
❉ 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of the 124 minute theatrical version
❉ High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of 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
❉ ‘Cinema Paradiso’ will be released in selected cinemas on 23 October. Full list of confirmed screenings available HERE.
❉ News source: Fetch Publicity/Arrow Academy.
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