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Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Format: PAL Language: Italian Subtitles: English Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1 Number of discs: 6 Classification: PG Studio: Arrow Academy DVD Release Date: 11 July 2016 Run Time: 408 minutes
For over half a century, the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been making some of the most beautiful and timeless films in all Italian cinema, and this collection showcases some of their greatest achievements.
Padre Padrone catapulted them to international fame when it won both the Palme d Or and the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in rural Sardinia, it tells the true story of Gavino Ledda, who rose from shepherd boy to distinguished academic against all possible odds, especially those posed by his terrifyingly traditionalist father. With The Night of the Shooting Stars, the Tavianis dramatised the events of summer 1944 (when Germans and Americans used their native Tuscany as a battleground) through the eyes of an imaginative and mischievous six-year-old girl. And in Kaos, they adapted several Pirandello short stories into a magnificent three-hour panorama of nineteenth-century Sicilian life in all its comedy, tragedy, horror and unforgettable visual splendour.
Arrow Academy is proud to present these three masterpieces in brand new director-approved 2K restorations.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Limited Edition Collection [3,000 Copies
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all films from brand new director-approved 2K restorations, with Kaos also approved by its original cinematographer Giuseppe Lanci
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
Optional newly-translated English subtitles for all films
Brand new two-hour interview with Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Video essays on individual films by leading Italian film scholar Millicent Marcus
Commentary on The Night of the Shooting Stars by critic Michael Brooke
The Sublime Brothers: Michael Brooke looks at the Tavianis illustrious career, now into its seventh decade
High Definition stills galleries for all three films
Trailers for the new restorations
Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
Exclusive 100-page book featuring Pauline Kael s reviews of all three films and brand new (in some cases world premiere) translations of the Pirandello short stories that were adapted for Kaos.
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