The original, uncut version of Bernardo Bertolucci's "1900," starring Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu, has been restored and will be re-released next year with a NC-17 rating.

The new version, released by Paramount Pictures, has never before been screened in the United States.The complete five-hour, 11-minute version of "1900" is being restored from a 35mm color reversal internegative at Technicolor in Rome. The film's original English-language soundtrack has been completely re-recorded in Dolby Stereo.

Set in the countryside of the Province of Emilia in Italy, "1900" tells the epic story of Olmo Dalco (Depardieu), an out-of-wedlock child born into a family of farm workers, and Alfredo Berlinghieri (De Niro), heir to a wealthy family of landowners.

It was first released domestically in 1977 in a four-hour, R version.

- "ROCKY" FIRE - A former meat packing plant used for a scene in the first "Rocky" movie was destroyed by fire early Thursday.

Firemen fought the flames, fed by a large amount of paper and boxes stored inside, for five hours in in freezing temperatures before bringing the blaze under control, Fire Commissioner Roger Ulshafer said.

The scene in the 1976 movie showed character Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, using a side of beef as a punching bag as he trained for his big fight against champion Apollo Creed.