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Any Cinema Paradiso: The New Version reviews yet?


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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted February 12 2003 - 11:10 AM

Cinema Paradiso: The New Version is being released in less than a week, and I haven't seen any reviews yet.

Anyone reviews out there?

#2 of 21 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted February 12 2003 - 11:21 AM

Oddly, I've not seen a screener arrive yet. Disney usually get out titles at least a week or two early, so I dunno what's up with this one...
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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Peter Kim

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Posted February 13 2003 - 03:25 AM

All that I know is that both 123 minute & last year's 173 minute version will be included on the same disc. And that it's widescreen anamorphic.

I've preordered this title from BestBuy.com for $17.99 (I used a DC - currently presell price is $22.99).

Greatly looking forward to it.
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#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Randy A Salas

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Posted February 13 2003 - 03:49 AM

I've been told by Disney's local PR rep that advance copies will be available starting today, so online reviews should follow shortly.
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#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted February 13 2003 - 04:48 AM

You know, I think I'll get this, regardless of the reviews.

#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Louis C

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Posted February 13 2003 - 09:41 AM

This is one title I will grab as soon as it hits the shelves.

#7 of 21 OFFLINE   MichaelPe

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Posted February 13 2003 - 12:43 PM

Amazon.ca has it for $19.59 Canadian Dollars (that's just under $13.00 US Dollars). (Note that there's no indication that it is the new version, only that it is being released on Feb 25.)

#8 of 21 OFFLINE   Lucho Cohaila

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Posted February 13 2003 - 01:23 PM

Michael, this is the VHS edition price.... DVD price is 31.86 Canadian Dollars (20.976624 aprox.)

my question..... spanish subtitles?
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#9 of 21 OFFLINE   MichaelPe

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Posted February 13 2003 - 01:57 PM

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Michael, this is the VHS edition price.... DVD price is 31.86 Canadian Dollars (20.976624 aprox.)
Actually, I was referring to this DVD, not the VHS. I have a feeling that the disc is identical to the US version, except for the packaging.

#10 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark_TS

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Posted February 13 2003 - 07:01 PM

Michael is right. I saw this last night. With a couple dollars post, it should come to no more than $15 USD. Except for its being listed as from Universal, it should be the same edition.
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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted February 17 2003 - 01:13 AM

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All that I know is that both 123 minute & last year's 173 minute version will be included on the same disc. And that it's widescreen anamorphic.

Isn't this a tight fit?

We're talking about 5 hours on 1 disc.
Anything more than 3 hours usually get's split across 2 discs - so I wonder if we're getting an over-compressed transfer.

#12 of 21 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted February 17 2003 - 01:21 AM

It could use seemless branching....

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#13 of 21 OFFLINE   Randy A Salas

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Posted February 17 2003 - 02:58 AM

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Isn't this a tight fit?

We're talking about 5 hours on 1 disc.
Anything more than 3 hours usually get's split across 2 discs - so I wonder if we're getting an over-compressed transfer.


Space isn't an issue. It's a two-sided disc, with the new version on one side and the original on the other.

There is one small problem, though, and I'm sure you'll hear others comment about it once they have the disc. Both sides of the disc are labeled on the inner ring as being the new version. In actuality, the new version is on Side A (as labeled on the top side of the disc as you insert it in the player), and the original is on Side B.
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#14 of 21 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted February 17 2003 - 03:21 AM

Double-sided discs, eh?

Not a fan... I'd rather have them on 2 discs.

Well, at least it's out tomorrow.

Still haven't come across any reviews.

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Posted February 17 2003 - 04:56 AM

Sad to see/hear so little about this title, given its imminent rerelease. Out of all of the circulars from this past Sundays paper, there was absolutely no mention of this dvd.
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#16 of 21 OFFLINE   Randy A Salas

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Posted February 17 2003 - 05:00 AM

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Still haven't come across any reviews.

There's not a lot to say, besides what I posted above.

The movies are presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.66:1), in Italian with optional English subtitles. The new version is in DD 5.1 and the original in stereo surround. The original also has a French-language track.

The extras: a trailer for the new version. That's it.
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#17 of 21 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted February 17 2003 - 05:30 AM

Randy,

How does the transfer compare to the old release?

#18 of 21 OFFLINE   Randy A Salas

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Posted February 17 2003 - 06:08 AM

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How does the transfer compare to the old release?


I haven't done an extensive comparison, but it looks to be about the same, which is fine. The anamorphic widescreen transfer of the old release was always considered to be good. The new extended version looks just as good.

The main differences I noticed on the new DVD: slightly more window-boxing for the 1.66:1 presentation (although it still looks a little shallow to me for true 1.66:1; I notice only on my PC display, not on my 4:3 TV with anamorphic squeeze), and yellow subtitles on the new DVD vs. white on the old.
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Posted February 17 2003 - 07:27 AM

Is this thing going to be readily available at a Best Buy?

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Posted February 17 2003 - 07:29 AM

Wow, Disney releasing double-sided discs. I guess they figure the people buying Cinema Paradiso can read and figure out what side goes up without "Full Color Character Artwork." Then again, maybe they messed up the ring labeling to prove their point that people need disc art. Posted Image


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