LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (La Vita È Bella) (DVD) Image

While far from exceptional, Miramax’s Life is Beautiful (La Vita È Bella) disc is beautiful enough. The not-so-bad English dub of Roberto Benigni’s much-beloved Oscar-winning fable is included alongside the original Italian language edition. The behind-the-scenes feature–originally a campaign informercial aired on cable during awards season–is a bit meatier than usual, and while the reel of every single TV spot made for the film is a bit much, it’s a nice feature to go along with the theatrical trailer. One wishes that Benigni were available for a running commentary–that would have been lively, if perhaps somewhat incomprehensible–but this disc is able to stand on its on its own merits.

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