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Cinema Paradiso from Fremantle Entertainment/Arrow Films

Fremantle Entertainment and Arrow Films have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Cinema Paradiso in an all-new 2-disc Special Collectors Edition that offers both the extended Director's Cut (168 mins) and, for the first time on DVD, the original, multi-award winning Theatrical Version (118 mins). Available from April 28th with a retail price of £19.99 the set offers both versions of the films in anamorphic widescreen and includes an 8-page information booklet and filmographies in addition to the main features.

From the Press Release...

An internationally famous film director, Salvatore, returns home to the Sicilian village where he grew up to attend the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend, mentor and father figure who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout Salvatore's childhood. The visit, his first in 30 years, sparks sentimental memories, both good and bad, of friendship, his discovery of the joys of cinema, and of his first love, the beautiful Elena. As Salvatore reminisces about the highs and lows that shaped his life, he begins to reconnect with the community he left behind.

A charming and heart-warming tale of life's many passions seen through the eyes of a young boy and the man he becomes, CINEMA PARADISO has touched audiences the world over. Expertly and lovingly directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Malèna; The Legend of 1900), the film features perfectly judged performances by Jacques Perrin (The Brotherhood Of The Wolf; Everybody's Fine) as the adult Salvatore, Philippe Noiret (Il Postino) as Alfredo, and Marco Leonardi (Texas Rangers; The Stendhal Syndrome; Like Water For Chocolate) and Salvatore Cascio (The Pope Must Die; Everybody's Fine) as the teenage and pre-adolescent Salvatore, respectively.

Interestingly, Tornatore's extended Director's Cut of the film significantly altered the emotional emphasis of the story without diminishing the original version's overwhelming power. If anything, the new cut further enhances the film's deeply moving finale. Now, for the first time, audiences can view, and compare and contrast, both versions of this remarkable film side by side.

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