I saw the film in Italian as well and I didn't laugh at it. In fact, the language seemed to fit the film perfectly. I think that the film was filmed in Italian but was written in Italian. Sometimes translations sound pretty silly unless the translator is really good. I haven't seen the English (apparently original) version yet but I was afraid of exactly what you've described. I reached a point where I don't want to purchase DVDs that I know that I will disappointed with. I mean, there is so much that I don't have that I know are good.