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Questions on The Mission and Cinema Paradiso DVD

Old 07-02-02, 02:16 AM
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Questions on The Mission and Cinema Paradiso DVD

I am looking for these DVDs. Has anyone seen the extended version of Cinema Paradiso? Is the PAL version the same one that is out in theatres this summer? Does this extended version pick up after the R1 ending? Or is there 30 mins of additional footage not in consecutive order? (i.e. different scenes here and there, not just at the end). Since the R1 release is OOP are they planning to rerelease the extended cut that is currently in theatres later? How come the version in the theatres is advertised as "over 1/2 hour of never before seen footage" on the miramax website while the PAL version says "almost 50 min of unseen footage"?

Finally, is there a place I can find official releases for both The Mission and Cinema Paradiso? IMDB doesn't seem to be of much help. I've looked for these on ebay, and there seems to be so many different versions, which ones are official imports and which ones are bootlegs? Is there a website that I can look up this information?

Many thanks for your time and answers!

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Old 07-02-02, 03:29 AM
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...well... the IMDb has this to say on CP:

"Runtime: 155 / Italy:123 (international shortened version) / Italy:170 (director's cut)"


the DC is almost 50 minutes longer than the "international cut"

then there is the 155-minute cut - no idea where this was shown

...but... wait!.. AHA!!! IMDb to the rescue:

...oddly, there is no Italian DVD for this movie - whether long, short or DC version...


...as for The Mission... do you mean this one:


...or do you mean the 1986 British movie directed by Roland Joffe and starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons ? ...

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^^ online dvd store in Australia.
says its 170 mins Directors Cut, hope this helps somewhat
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Japan's also got this disc. Here's a link to Amazon Japan for Nuovo Cinema Paradiso http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...49626-9213114. It says run-time is 175 minutes. I'm in Beijing right now and got a direct boot of this disc. Have yet to watch it, but have tested it out. It's got English subs, and anamorphic print, though there are black bars on the left and right of the print (zoom-boxed maybe?). Dolby Digital 1.0 in Italian and Japanese. Hope this helps.
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Japan's disc does not have English subtitles, only Japanese subtitles. It is the long version however (Cinema Paradiso)
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the robert de niro film the mission is available from dvdoo.dk in widescreen pal
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Re: Questions on The Mission and Cinema Paradiso DVD

Originally posted by xpguy
I am looking for these DVDs. Has anyone seen the extended version of Cinema Paradiso?
"Cinema Paradiso: The New Version" is supposed to be out by the holidays (after the theatrical release), which will be the uncut version:

Cinema Paradiso: The New Version
Miramax Films
Theatrical Release Date: June 28, 2002
MPAA rating: 'R' for some sexuality



In 1989, director Giuseppe Tornatore gave the world a passionate love letter to the magic and power of the movies: CINEMA PARADISO. A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, where it garnered the Special Jury Prize, it went on to win a permanent place in the hearts of audiences worldwide and to be honored with numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Few who saw it could forget the way in which the flickering lights of a small-time cinema washed away the grief and despair of a struggling Italian village - or how the movies captured the soul of the young boy "Toto," inspiring him to his first love, his greatest friendship and his ultimate fate to become a movie director. Most of all, the film revealed how shared moments of joy and drama, even in the tiniest of towns, can have a profound, and almost magical, effect.

But the film was never seen the way Tornatore originally created it in 1988, with an additional 51 minutes of footage, including some of the film's most tender and sensual scenes, from Toto's early sexual experiences to an illicit but unforgettable kiss as an adult. Removed from the film entirely was a revealing story line that brings Toto's bittersweet romantic dreams full circle, as he meets his first love Elena again 30 years after their childhood courtship, and rediscovers a once-in-a-lifetime passion.

Now, in 2002, CINEMA PARADISO has been digitally restored with the unseen footage intact, inviting audiences to experience again, or for the first time, this salute to both falling in love with the movies and simply falling in love. This alternative version answers lingering questions and provides a provocative and sexy new perspective (the new scenes have altered the film's original "PG" rating to an "R" on Toto's journey through love, camaraderie, war and the movies into adulthood.

CINEMA PARADISO follows the homecoming of a famous Italian director, Salvatore (JACQUES PERRIN), who returns to the tiny Sicilian village of his childhood after more than 30 years away, upon hearing that his old friend Alfredo has passed away. Once home, he is transported back into alternately warm, funny and bittersweet memories of his coming-of-age, most of it done against the backdrop of the stone-built local cinema, the Paradiso, where Alfredo (PHILIPPE NOIRET) was the projectionist and the inspirer of dreams. Salvatore recalls the innocence and insatiable curiosity of his youth, his taste of first love, the madness of war and, most of all, hoe the glowing lights of the Paradiso made far away worlds, and the very idea of the future, come alive for the whole town. Even if the local priest staunchly censored all love scenes, the movies still had a way of sustaining the village's spirit - and the theatre itself became a place where the citizens howled and wept, caressed and smoked, nursed their babies and

Back then the young Salvatore, known by everyone as Toto (SALVATORE CASCIO), was passionately obsessed with celluloid dreams, spending day after day in the darkened cinema. After getting in trouble for spending his last 50 lire, his widowed mother's milk money, on yet another movie, Toto at last convinces the crusty but kindhearted Alfredo to take him as an apprentice.

Alfredo teaches Toto how to handle the delicate reels of film, and bestows upon Toto his hard-won wisdom and favorite quotations, most of them written by Hollywood screenwriters. When Alfredo is injured in an accident, the apprentice is given the responsibilities of a man. Somehow Toto, his village and the movies all seem to grow up together.

For Toto, the movies are also an initiation in the power of love - but Alfredo teaches the boy something more - to set his sights beyond the Cinema Paradiso and into the world. To do so, Toto must pay a difficult price, giving up his dreams of romance with the local beauty Elena to pursue his ambitions. Only years later, on this last journey home, does he begin to understand the choices he made and the innocence he has lost, an innocence that somehow still stays alive when he is at the movies.
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The directors cut is also availlable in a Region 0 PAL release in Hong Kong.


The Australian version is availlable for only 9.99 from CD-Wow.


I have seen both - the picture on the Australian DVD is slightly better
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The Region 0 is terrible. For one it is not 1:78 and is not anamorphic as the package states. My Malata brings the screen up as full screen.

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