Il Postino (region-free Blu-ray/DVD combo)
One of the most moving and poetic films ever made, Michael Radford’s epoch-making IL POSTINO (aka The Postman) is now presented in a stunning restored version. Telling the fictional story of the real-life Nobel laureate poet Pablo Neruda’s exile to a tiny island off Italy where, being a high-profile figure, he receives such huge quantities of mail that the local post office must hire an extra postman: Il Postino. Though shy and poorly educated, our postman (Massimo Troisi) is so intrigued by Neruda (Philippe Noiret ‘Cinema Paradiso’) that he devises ploys to engage the attention of the great poet. The unlikely duo become friends as Neruda is charmed by the fresh simplicity of the postman whose love for poetry he then applies to woo local beauty, Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta ‘The World is Not Enough’). Framed by an unforgettable Oscar®-winning score by Luis Bacalov, the duo’s on-screen charm, coupled with Radford’s unobtrusive yet inspired direction, make this an undisputed masterpiece – which, like all great art, speaks to our subconscious, here with warm loving humanity… yet also light-hearted fun. This newly remastered region-free dual format edition also comes with a new interview with director Michael Redford.