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Alatriste [DVD] (2006) (Spanish Import)

Viggo Mortensen , Elena Anaya , Agustín Díaz Yanes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Eduard Fernández, Eduardo Noriega
  • Directors: Agustín Díaz Yanes
  • Writers: Agustín Díaz Yanes, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Carlota Pérez-Reverte
  • Producers: Antonio Cardenal, Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustín, Íñigo Marco
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Subtitled, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Castilian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQARMW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Spanish ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: A fierce soldier fighting for the Spanish cause in Flanders returns to a drastically-different Spain to fulfill the dying wish of a fallen friend, only to find that life isn't what it once was in his decaying homeland in director Agustin Diaz Yanes' adaptation of Arturo Pérez-Revete's popular series of bestselling books. Compelled to fulfill the final wish of his dying friend, noble warrior Alatriste (Viggo Mortensen) makes his way back to Spain to care for the man's young son Iñigo (Nacho Perez and Unax Ugalde). Things have taken a sharp turn for the worst back home, however, and as Alatriste does his best to help the boy reach manhood while earning his keep as a hired swordsman, he sees his country crumbling at the feet of a feeble monarch who is failing to grasp the inner-workings of his own corrupt court. The impulsive handling of the Spanish Inquisition, coupled with the corrosive influence of the Count-Duke of Olivares (Javier Cámara), has brought a once powerful nation to its knees as the growing chasm between the deceitful upper-class and the miserable life of the commoners has effectively served to polarize the populace. In a time where corruption reigns honor has faded, Alatriste remains a lone figure who refuses to relinquish his noble spirit as he raises Iñigo and enters into a passionate love affair with actress Maria de Castro (Ariadna Gil). SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cartagena Film Festival, Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, Goya Awards, ...Alatriste

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer for a few Coins. 29 Sep 2011
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It is surprising that this expansive Spanish film made in 2006 has only just been released to DVD in the UK. Prior to this it was only available as a Spanish import. Aside from the ususal English speaking peoples aversion to sub titled films, the fact that the film is fiercely Spanish may have something to do with that. It is based on a series of historical novels written by Arturo Perez-Reverte set in 17th century Spain, which appear to have the purpose of re-educating Spanish people about their own distinguished history. The hero of the story is battle scarred veteran Diego de Alatriste y Tonorio, and the film follows his adventures from the war in Flanders in 1623 to France in 1643. Alatriste is not your average hero. He is happy to play the role of hired killer in darkened back streets for a few gold coins. Killing is what he does best and he is provided with plenty of opportunities. Even so Alatriste has great loyalty to those he loves and money is not something he covets. He is aware that he is merely a pawn in the grander scheme of things. Alatriste becomes enmeshed in the labyrinthine politics of the time when he spares two men whom he is sent out to murder. This jeopardises his own life and that of his own adopted son.

This film is a far cry from the romantic swashbucklers of a bygone era. This is much more typical of todays love affair with gritty realism. It is no surprise that this is the second most expensive film made in Spain after "Agora". It shows in the superb historical detail. There are many scenes that are clearly influenced by the paintings of Velasquez. There is one in particular where Alatriste reclines in a quiet room that is more painting than film. The paintings of Velasquez feature prominently in the film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I am a bit amazed that this film has been critized so much, and this is why I am reviewed it only now, after having bought it over six months ago, seen it twice, and thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed it each time.

As another recent has noted (Vandal), I also like it both despite of and because of the main criticism levelled against it: that it is disjointed, with, allegedly, too much crammed into one film. Stating that the film includes bits and pieces from three of Perez-Reverte's books on Captain Alatriste is quite correct. However, this did not "ruin any dramatic potential" for me. Quite the opposite in fact, it added some. Rather than a continuous, linear and somewhat conventional story of Captain Alatriste over some 20 years (from 1622 to the battle of Rocroi in 1643), you get glimpses, the main episodes in the life of a profesional and veteran Tercio. Whether this is deliberatly intended or whether it is just the result of wanting to include as much of the three books as possible is rather irrelevant to me. This is because I found the end result rather good and, unlike others perhaps, I do not necessarily need my films to spell everything out.

Interestingly, I also felt that, by concentrating on the issue above, most reviewers seem to have missed what for me was the main point of the whole film: the hero's (or should I have written the "anti-hero"?) rise and fall, which mirrors that of Spain. Two other reviewers have captured parts - but only parts - of this core theme that makes the film come together.

One is Charles Vasey in ghis "Golden Century" review.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Century 14 July 2011
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is an excellent piece of work. At one level it is a grand swash-buckler in the manner of The Three Musketeers. At a second level it is a fine film of the military life of a member of the Old Tercios; the Captain taking us through a canal raid in Flanders, siege operations at Breda and the battle of Rocroi (though Belgium looks rather too sunny). At the third level it is a very interesting comment on the period of retreat of the Spanish Monarchy. Alatriste is the sort of man that the Monarchy depends upon, but he is underpaid, has little future and is trapped in a system of honour that pretty much precludes anything else. In the best Dumas manner there is plenty of intrigue with real high-level characters including Charles I of England (before he ascended the throne). The Count-Duke of Olivares is well sketched. Finally, it is beautifully filmed, some scenes are as if from a Velsaquez painting. A point made when our heroes find themselves in "La rendición de Breda"

I found the books on the Captain to be rather thin stuff, but run together in a single film they provide an excellent story line.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Spanish epic film for many years 29 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
There are few points to this film:
1.- Historically accurate shows the last glories and the begining of the end of the Spanish empire, the conflict between religion and goverment, between rich and poor, love and relationship problems, between Spain and the other countries, war techniques of the XVII century the techniques of the "tercios" (third of legion): the perfect combination of attack with the "mangas" of fusilers and defence with the "picas" which was the spanish killing machine for centuries.
2.- Beautiful description of the XVII century Spanish lost I am afraid in the translation, each comrade speaks with his own town or region ' s accent and fantastic use of the phrases and words. The dialogues of the theatre are fabulous and the soldiers in the taberns.
3.- Beautiful scenes, you can see why this film is art.
Negative points in my view:
1.- Too much subject for a single film, difficult to understand what's going on if you see it once only. Maybe two films for the subject would be right? maybe this idea of two films is too commercial and or from Hollywood?
2.- It is a pitty did not got the Goya award in Spain. I saw the Almodovar film and it was fine, but in my view this film was far more better and deserved the award.

Keep it doing to magnificent films please.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars its the most for me. not tired to keep ...
its the most for me . not tired to keep watching it. every detail in this movie is superb and the story is facinating
Published 1 month ago by ramon columba
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Period Piece
As heading states this movie has a nice period feel to it,cosumes are great and I like sub titles in such as it leaves the authentic sound of the language intact. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. F. Tilson
5.0 out of 5 stars captain alatriste
such a great movie,acting is first rate and brilliant story line to equal the 3 musketeers.a must see for fans of this genre.
Published 8 months ago by paul taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and realistic
Ok its in Spanish with sub titles but as a historical action film its well made. The scenes look authentic and its not made in the glossy Hollywood musketeers style but far more... Read more
Published 13 months ago by frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Episodes from a mercenary life
There is much to admire in this adaptation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's series of novels about the Spanish soldier and sword-for-hire Diego Alatriste. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Aidan J. McQuade
4.0 out of 5 stars A good viewing for an Alatriste fan.
Obviously it can't portray everything in all the books but I found it to be an enjoyable watch.Well worth it.
Published 16 months ago by Mr D Bolt
2.0 out of 5 stars great idea....dvd=FLOP
just no entertainment value what so ever. don't watch for action! if artsy fartsy is your thing...well then you lucky lil devils. this your bag baby!!! enjoy it
Published 16 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING STORY, CREATIVE FIGURINE AND SUPERB ACTOR, A LETHAL...
I am from South America (Brazil), from the only non-spanish speaking country of South America, and here the film was released with the original spanish sound and subtitled in... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Deniza Futuro
5.0 out of 5 stars captain alatriste
captain alatriste-the spanish mussketeer great stuff i loved it plenty of action.can not say any more. postal was very good
Published 18 months ago by Tommy Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film for people who like action
Very very good film. This is what it must hvae been like in those days with no pussyfooting around you just killed the guy in front of you and then made sure. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Audrey Trangmar
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