Pinocchio (DVD)

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Pinocchio (DVD)

Roberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) brings Carlo Collodi's classic children's story to glorious life in this big budget live-action adaptation. Gepett...

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published 21/09/2008 | JCarruthers1977
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"Classic Disney at its best"

Pinnochio, to me, is a timeless movie. I think that is some of the magic of the early Disney films - they could transport you into this amazing world that made you laugh and made you cry. The only thing bringing you crashing back down sometimes was how the quality of the movie had seemed to diminish with time. The transfers to DVD have definitely done a lot to remedy that and it great to have such a classic movie as part of my collection. Watching it again reminded me of why I had fallen in love with this movie as a child. The beautiful and mischievous naievity of Pinnochio and the constant ignoring of his conscience Jiminy Cricket as well as the hindsight "I should have listened" at every turn not only amuses but also acts as a bit of a moral compass in some respects. And the adventure of a boy who is different and tries to fit in and always secretly wants to be something more can also touch even the hardest of hearts.

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Roberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) brings Carlo Collodi's classic children's story to glorious life in this big budget live-action adaptation. Gepetto (Carlo Guiffre), a humble toy maker, fashions a marionette out of a log that has miraculously appeared on his doorstep. After wishing upon a star that his creation, Pinocchio (Benigni), would come to life, Gepetto's wish is granted by the beautiful Blue Fairy (Nicoletta Braschi). The only condition is that Pinocchio must prove his valor, and be completely honest at all times, in order to become a real boy. Unfortunately, this isn't easy for the enthusiastic puppet, who seems to find trouble everywhere he turns. After a long, tumultuous journey, in which Pinocchio is accosted by two corrupt thieves, turned into a donkey, and swallowed by a shark, Pinocchio is reunited with his father, setting up a final challenge that will prove once and for all if Pinocchio has the heart to become a real boy.<BR>Benigni's follow-up to the Oscar-winning LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is a crowd-pleasing fantasy film, featuring beautiful cinematography from Dante Spinotti (HEAT, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). The American release boasts the voices of actors Breckin Meyer, Glenn Close, and John Cleese.

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