By Allyssa Lee
Updated April 16, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The exquisitely romantic Oscar winner had audiences swooning when it was released in 1986, sparking fantasies of being swept away in the Italian countryside, and helped launch the careers of Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis. Its just-released digitally remastered special edition is a must, according to director James Ivory, because the previous disc ”dropped 44 seconds out of it, and a lot of people complained.” In addition to interviews with Day-Lewis and actor Simon Callow and never-before-seen photos, there’s also a new commentary in which Ivory admits that he didn’t want to do another period piece when he was originally pitched E.M. Forster’s novel. ”You don’t have to think about it for more than two seconds to imagine your regret over not making it,” he tells EW. His partner, producer Ismail Merchant, couldn’t be happier about the film’s enduring popularity: ”I think we are in what you call an eternal spring.”