Is there a way to get Malena uncensored on DVD...

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  1. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

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    without owning a region free player?

    I'd like to watch the film, but I know that the region 1 DVD is cut (Hey, Mirimax, the audience Malena is targeting aren't prudes), and I'd like to see it unedited.

    I was wondering if there were any upcoming or release Region 0 or Canadian pressings that were uncensored?
     
  2. Mark Pfeiffer

    Mark Pfeiffer Screenwriter

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    What is supposed to have been cut? I saw this theatrically--didn't care for it either, FWIW--and it didn't exactly skimp on depicting nudity, if that's the issue.
     
  3. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

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    I don't know, but the IMDB listing says it's cut by 8 minutes! [​IMG]
     
  4. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    Miramax are notorious for butchering their foreign and indie pickups.

    The U.S. censored version is 92 minutes...the original Italian release was 106 minutes, that's 14 minutes missing.

    From the Variety review:

     
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    Mark_TS Screenwriter

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    ahh..., MIRAMAX...they specailize in finding Foreign films that they think American audiences will "take" to, ie: theyre not too....shall we say...'difficult' ...and then they "fix" them up to suit those tastes... ie: do well at the box office. I understand they have cut, reedited or '"improved" several films in the past, just for 'our' tastes......

    Thanks, MIRAMAX, but I would rather see the Directors originally intended film...
     
  6. Anthony Thorne

    Anthony Thorne Supporting Actor

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    The Italian DVD is uncut, but (apparently) has no English subs. Truly a REAL shame...

    Unless some grey market company wants to subtitle the full-length version, I'm not sure how you can go about seeing it. I might have to pick up that Italian DVD sometime, despite not being able to understand whatever dialogue is inherent in those 'extended' scenes...

    Monica Belluci is a babe, BTW. I wonder if the extras from the French BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF DVD (which also features a lot of Monica) will make it Stateside? I'm not crossing my fingers...
     
  7. AaronNWilson

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    Where do boys apply for roles such as this? [​IMG]
     
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  9. Ted Todorov

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    The long version of Malena is also available from R2 France. However it has French subtitles only. The other European DVDs, including the UK release all sport the short censored version.
    Ted
     
  10. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

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    Yeah I did buy the R2 (Italian) version w/ no subs. I watched the cut R1 w/ subs to get the gist of the story and then bought R2 because more Monica is a good thing! [​IMG]
    Yeah, Harvey Scissorhands did a number on this wonderful film...
     
  11. Zen Butler

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    Still no talks of an uncut version for region 1?
     
  12. rbirk

    rbirk Stunt Coordinator

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    I just saw the longer version of "Cinema Paradiso" by the same director. That version, in my opinion, is so much better. Now I can hardly wait for the longer version of Malena. Maybe one day Miracut will get that version for us.
     
  13. Jeff Kleist

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    Miramax will never release an uncut version. I'm praying that somehow they accidently release the uncut Shall we Dance? , they've restored full-length on a few DVDs

    I have no idea what Miramax cut from SWD, all I know is that it's 18 minutes, probably ths subplot involving his wife and daughter.
     
  14. Yumbo

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    when is Shall we Dance out in R1?
     
  15. Peter McM

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    I'm always hoping Miramax will re-visit Sirens, with an animorphic transfer and any edited footage. I once saw a copy in Half Price Books with either French or German labeling, and different cover art. Can anyone tell me anything about what I might have seen? (I should've bought it just out of curiosity, but didn't!)
     
  16. JustinCleveland

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    I felt that the extended version of Cinema Paradiso was MUCH worse than the original, beautiful cut. However, to compare the extended version of CP to Malena isn't really fair, since Malena was edited from its original theatrical vision for American audiences... what a cop out line... I would LOVE to see the entire film.
     
  17. Jeff Kleist

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    Chris, given that Miramax is engaging in an unneccessary and foolhardy remake which starts filming very soon for release next spring, I'm guessing the DVD will come out at the same time as the remake's theatrical or DVD release
     
  18. Max Leung

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    Christ, I didn't even know the R1 version of Malena is cut! I was thinking of renting it or buying it here in Canada, but knowing this, I'll pass. [​IMG]
     
  19. Carlo Medina

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    Yeah Max, most of the cuts involve a bit of nudity w/ Malena and the young boy (he fantasizes about her) - it's kind of a major plot point in the film. He's, I don't know, probably around 15 or so, but since it's taboo, I guess that's why Harvey Scissorhands cut it. There wasn't anything explicit in it, just him imagining her w/o any clothes on. Having been that age once, I can tell you that definitely happens in real life. :p)
     
  20. Max Leung

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    I saw some nude footage from Malena that I downloaded from the internet (USENET). I guess those were cut from the R1 release. [​IMG]
     

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