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Amores Perros [DVD] [2001]

Emilio Echevarría , Gael García Bernal , Alejandro González Iñárritu    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero, Vanessa Bauche
  • Directors: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Writers: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Producers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Francisco González Compeán, Guillermo Arriaga, Martha Sosa Elizondo, Mónica Lozano
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGUD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's striking Amores Perros is the film Pulp Fiction might have been if Quentin Tarantino were as interested in people as movies. A car crash in Mexico City entwines three stories: in one car is Octavio, who has been entering his dog in fights to get enough money run off with his sister-in-law Susana; in the other car is Valeria, a supermodel who's just moved in with her lover Daniel, who has left his wife for her. As Valeria struggles to recover from her injuries her beloved dog is lost under the floor of the new apartment. Professor-turned-revolutionary El Chivo, who has been living as a derelict/assassin after a long prison sentence, rescues Octavio's injured dog from the crash. All three learn lessons about their lives from the dogs.

Amores Perros opens with chaos, as Octavio and a friend drive away from the latest dogfight with the injured canine on the back seat and enemies in hot pursuit, then hops back, forward and sideways in time. It's a risky device, delaying crucial plot information for over an hour, but the individual stories, which weave in and out of each other with true-life untidiness, are so gripping you'll be happy to go along with them before everything becomes clear. Inarritu is a real find, a distinctive and subtle voice who upends all your expectations of Mexican filmmaking by shifting confidently from raw, on-the-streets violent emotion to cool, upper-middle-class desperation. A uniformly impressive cast create a gallery of unforgettable characters, some with only brief snippet-like scenes, others--such as Emilio Echevarria as the shaggy tramp with hidden depths--by sheer presence.

On the DVD: The anamorphic presentation, augmented for 16:9 TV, is of a pristine print and shows off the imaginative cinematography (with non-removable yellow English sub-titles). The soundtrack is Dolby Digital 5.1 and there are 15-minutes' worth of additional scenes with commentary by Inarritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga (evidently the surviving trace of an entire feature commentary available on a Mexican DVD release), explaining why they were cut. With a behind-the-scenes featurette, a poster gallery, three related pop videos (two by Inarritu) and the trailer (and trailers for other Optimum releases) the special features offer a more than adequate addition to Amores Perros. --Kim Newman

Product Description

DVD Special Features
Additional Scenes - with commentary by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (director) and Guillermo Arriaga (writer)
Behind the Scenes
3 Music Videos (2 directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu)
Theatrical Trailer
Campaign Development

16x9 Anamorphic Presentation
5.1 Dolby Digital
English Subtitles
Scene Selection
Interactive Menus

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing and visceral 28 Oct 2004
By A Customer
How do you rate a really good film? For me, the litmus test is whether I'm still thinking about it days after I've watched it.
I originally bought this film as I am one of the few people who have only recently been made aware of the great talent of Gael Garcia Bernal. Ok, so he's quite easy on the eye, but the characters of Octavio (Gael), Valeria and Chivo take you on a rollercoaster of a ride as you follow their stories of love and the ensuing pain associated with it. Three stories beautifully written and brilliantly woven together, this film is character driven and boy do you feel you've journeyed with them.
I wholly recommend this film, there wasn't any customer review and I bought it on a whim and Im glad I did. So good, I even wrote a review about it. Muy bien!
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster 15 April 2006
By pixie
I rented this DVD to help with my Spanish studies, and because it was one of several I'd vaguely seen the name of in the media.

If I'd read the most recent reviews of it here, I probably wouldn't have watched it - and if I'd turned off in the first few minutes (as I felt like doing) because of the dog fighting, I'd have missed one of the best films I've seen in a long time.

I'm not going to break the story down for you - just to say that the negative reviews I've just read here have infuriated me into writing a note of my own. I love animals, I'm one of these idiots who ends up feeding the local strays every time I go on holiday - but not everyone does.

If you're looking for something pink and fluffy to watch, then don't watch this. It's gritty, highly moralistic but also a rollercoaster of love, lust, fear, heartbreak and adrenaline, with some fantastic, realistic characters thrown in for good measure. Try it... Next on my list are more by the same director.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Dec 2009
I am 29 years old and have probably sat through well over 1000 films, this still sits within my top 10. Acting, pace, storyline, viewer's emotions are all stuffed hurridly into a washing machine and put into spin. The film, as is well documented, is split within 3 stories with some overt themes being shared to interconnect them. Ignore the poor reviews on amazon, I have read them all and they comprise of:

"I switched it off because of the dog-fighting". Get a grip, it's not real.
"Unrewarding blah blah" by one budding pretentious film crtic. Not high-brow enough apparently(!)

Buy it, it is a must have for anyone. Toning it down to satisfy the popcorn-Hollywood induced crowd would've ruined the films gritty, unpolished feel which heightens its realism.

The smattering of awards which 'clog up' the case are all richly deserved.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social Comment & Modern Masterpiece 9 Feb 2005
By A Customer
This is a story about pain and loss. Don't buy or rent this film if you are looking for Bridget Jones with subtitles and not one to let your teenage kids watch while you go down the pub.
The manner in which the brutality is portrayed in this film makes it horrific and demonstrates to the viewer the full consequences of the violence in a way no Hollywood film has ever done. It traces several seemingly unconnected storylines that are pulled together with ruthless vigour, leaving you stunned at the climax.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to make God laugh... 20 Nov 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
...tell Him your plans"
This phrase is uttered at an important stage of this superb film by one of the main female characters to her lover and this is the underlying theme linking together the three threads of the storyline of "Amores Perros". All of the main characters are driven off the straight and narrow path by love ,lust, jealousy and greed and their plans for the future are mocked as their lives become cursed by misfortune and tragedy.
The fulcrum of the plot of "Amores Perros" ("Love is a Bitch" or perhaps "Love is Damned" depending on your translation) is a car crash which links together three separate stories. The first story is about an affair between one brother and his brother's wife set against the vicious background of fierce dog-fights, bank robberies and car chases, the second is about an ill-fated relationship between a supermodel and an adulterous magazine editor and the third is about a former guerilla turned vagrant/assassin who lives in solitude with his dogs , traumatised by his family break-up ,focusing all his love on the daughter who has been told he is dead.
"Amores Perros" is similar in structure and atmosphere to films like "Pulp Fiction" , the "Three Colours" trilogy and "21 Grams". The cinematography and soundtrack is first rate as is the acting and characterisation. It is a very powerful, visceral film which grips the viewer throughout and I liked particularly its clever use of the "dog" symbolism , where the main characters took on the characteristics of their dogs and vice-versa. This symbolism was at its most exquisite in the second story when the model's fluffy lapdog gets trapped under the floorboards with rats, paralleling the fall from grace of its homewrecking owner. I also liked the disjointed structure of "Amores Perros" ,fluctuating around the pivotal car crash between the present, past and future ,slowly tying all the different strands of the film together. A really top quality film on all levels.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best films of recent times 22 Sep 2001
I was dragged along to the cinema by my movie fanatic friend to see this mexican film - and was suprised and rewarded by an interesting and complex character driven film. It revolves around three stories of relationships that are loosely interlinked by a car crash. The format is very similiar to that used in 'pulp fiction'. The direction, performances and script are all first class, and it hard to believe that this is a directorial debut as it is shot with such professionalism and focus. This film does have some violent sections in it, and there are scenes of viscous dog fights - though we are told that no animal was harmed during filming.
The film does have a lot to say, though I found it to have a rather bleak message overall - wherever there is love there is the possibility (more like a certainty) of pain and loss. The only flaw of this film is that it is shot so well you almost admire the craftmanship involved more than the powerful messages it also sucessfully conveys!
A film to admire and make you think - definitely a buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, great story lines, a must see!
Published 1 month ago by Avril Rickards
5.0 out of 5 stars raw visceral brilliant content acting directing music score and...
see above - dog fighting scene at beginning important part of cultural content and in significant context but not for the fainthearted. Brilliant film I highly recommend. Read more
Published 2 months ago by irene melia
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good watch.
Voted one of the 500 greatest films of all time this film delivered. I found the film captivating and although it's all in subtitles I was still able to follow what was happening. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Juddz444
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
A masterpiece of filmmaking, expertly weaving several story threads into one enchanting tale.
Beware though that this film isn't for everyone. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Alan Medcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and delivered very quickly
I needed it for my film a level and needed it quickly. it arrived quickly and now i've been able to watch in a number of times. thanks
Published 15 months ago by Dean Turini
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Crash, you'll love this
This is an incredible film. Sucks you into the lives of those affected by a car crash. The plot and acting has already been covered in so many existing reviews, so I am simply... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. J. Mewse
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal
This is one of 3 in the trilogy ( the link is that in each film the characters connect but only realise how at the end). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maria Alm
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Very Best Films Of The Last 20 Years
Watching again Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's dazzling 2000 film debut, Amores Perros, I was struck by the fact that, in the intervening 10 or so years since its... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Keith M
3.0 out of 5 stars A film of two halves
The first ninety minutes of so of Amores Perros is magnificent. It would maybe even qualify as one of the greatest films of all time. Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Michael Cater
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Realism Ultimately Forgetable
Ameros Perros is a a film that the phrase 'gritty realism' seems made for. As a no holes barred account of life on the streets of Latin America accross three different levels of... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Jack Woodley
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