Cinema Paradiso Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray release in UK delayed

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Arrow has already lined up its second release in the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray format, with Cinema Paradiso arriving this November.

Here’s a nice surprise. In the summer, we learned that Arrow was set to enter the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray market, announcing Pitch Black as its first title on the format. Now, it’s added another to its list, the quite wonderful Phillipe Noiret movie Cinema Paradiso.

If you’ve never had the pleasure, the Oscar-winning movie is really, really something. A love letter to cinema on the one hand, and the story of a life and friendship on the other, I’m aware that even writing that sentence makes the film sound a little guff-y. It’s anything but.

The film had been due on 4K in September, but it’s been delayed a couple of months. Here’s Arrow’s Tweet explaining the move…

As you can see, it will now be releasing the film on Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray, with the theatrical cut getting the 4K treatment. There’s a 1080p version of the extended director’s cut too in the package, which runs to 50 minutes longer.

One update, though: the film’s release – we’ve just learned – has pushed back to December 7th. But the disc is still arriving this side of Christmas.

Plus, there’s this package of extra features included…

  • 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

The movie is available for preorder now, and you can find out more details here.


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