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Comment: From private collector. Bought Brand New in it's original factory shrinkwrap, this is still 'New/NEVER PLAYED, it's that it's now 'Unsealed' as unfortunately it arrived from the distributor with torn shrinkwrap and a cracked case, so i've simply unwrapped it completely and changed the case for another brand new one. Sogepaq (Lolafilms) official (US import) (2;35:1, 16x9 Widescreen) (Region 1) (NTSC) release (14793-7), with the original Spanish Language, artwork, text/menus & optional ENGLISH SUBTITLES just as shown. Disc, sleeve, insert & case are all immaculate/brand new. DISC has only been handled by the edges once when i changed the case over. * PLEASE READ - It appears from several customers reviews elsewhere of this particular US released DVD, that at least some of the more explicit scenes of nudity have been blurred over or at least have specific blurring in some areas of the scene. This if true was most likely done by the dvd manufacturer possibly using an already blurred overseas print, or alternatively it was done for the US release, either way not having seen the film i can't be sure, but do bear this in mind when purchasing it * - ** N.b; this is a REGION 1 DVD so it will only play in UK/Europe on either a REGION 1 or MULTI-REGION DVD PLAYER. If in any doubt do check yours will play it before purchase **. Dispatched packed in a well-padded jiffy bag/box, usually within 1 day.
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La Celestina (1996) [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Spanish period drama based on the popular novel/stage play, starring amongst others, Penelope Cruz (Volaverunt; Blow; Captain Corelli's Mandolin; Volver), Maribel Verdu (Amantes; Y Tu Mama Tambien; Pan's Labyrinth); Jordi Molla (Volaverunt; The Alamo; Bad Boys II; Elizabeth :The Golden Age) & Terele Pávez (The Holy Innocents) as the title character; Celestina. It's the story of a young nobleman Calisto (Juan Diego Botto) who falls in love with Melibea (Cruz), the daughter of a rich merchant. Calisto's servant Sempronio (Nancho Novo) suggests they get the sorceress Celestina to further the romance. However Calisto's other servant Parmeno (Molla) is suspicious of Celestina, as he knows about her tricks. Intrigue and violence soon follow along with a fair bit of quite graphic nudity (although ** please note; from having read several reviews about this American dvd, it appears that in this particular US release some of the more explicit nudity may well be blurred over, so do bear this in mind when purchasing this dvd **).

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Censored 4 Dec. 2005
By Terrigal - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Don't buy this film, as the censor has blacked out certain parts.If films are being sold censored it should be made clear at point of purchase
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An Attempt to Recreate the Magic of LA CELESTINA 1 Nov. 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: DVD
LA CELESTINA was written in 1499 by Fernando de Rojas and is considered to be second only to Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE as the greatest work of Spanish literature. Here the novel is adapted for the screen by Rafael Azcona, Francisco Rico, and Gerardo Vera, the last contributor serving as director of this sadly uneven film. Despite boasting a cast of some of the finest actors in Spain, the dialogue is such a mishmash of old rhythms and contemporary expressions that much of the magic is lost.

But then the story is a bit on the 15th century wild side: a handsome young knight Calisto (Juan Diego Botto) is obsessively in love with the beautiful Melibea (Penélope Cruz) yet it takes the love potions of the bruja Celestina (Terele Pávez), enlisted by Calisto's conniving servant Sempronio (Nancho Novo), to effect the magic. Calisto's faithful and humble servant Pármeno (Jordi Mollà) fails in his attempts to block the spells delivered by Celestina but to no avail. Once the magic is in effect the worlds of each person fall apart. The human passions of love, greed, lust, revenge, and desire interplay in a manner that brings destruction in the path.

Made in 1996 before many of the actors involved became famous, the film 'looks' magical with radiant costumes and sets and spot on music. But the dialogue is clumsy, the English translations even clumsier, and the whole story fails to work its spell on the audience. Instead of a fiery climax the film just sort of fizzles. But it is interesting to see Penélope Cruz, Juan Diego Botto, Maribel Verdú, Jordi Mollà and Nancho Novo in their early stage of development. This is an escapist period piece that could have been so much better, but even in this state it is entertaining. Grady Harp, November 06
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Why was it censored 14 Mar. 2007
By Hector C. Hernandez - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The American DVD was censored, the way they censored Wild on E!. Maybe the american moral is different from all others. How would americans censored a theatrical representation of La Celestina? Have they not see La Cestina in a Theater? Buy the Spain DVD PAL version. It is not censored, as it should be. It is a completely different experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A naughty Romeo and Juliet 24 Mar. 2009
By Vocaloid - Published on
Format: DVD
Before I began the review there is a subtitle feature available in english. The story begins with some rich guy that likes a chasity virgin from the roman-catholic church. She however, is ignoring him and brushing him off. So in a desperate attempt to have her he goes to this witch-lady, she cast a spell for him, he gets the girl. Be warned the "Not Rated" should be rated for sexual situations. You will see the witch's "daughters" are actually nothing more than prostitutes really(they sell themselves for gold), and there will be scenes of full-body exposure along with some sex. Anyway the old lady wants the reward that the guy said he was gonna give her, but he doesn't. So she curses him, he ends up killing her by two accompanying men, and the daughters are pissed off. To make things short "Celestina" is like romeo and juliet but with some sex and spell-casting involved in the plot. Not a happy ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Praising supporting characters 10 May 2012
By C McGhee - Published on
Format: DVD
LA CELESTINA is a good, not great movie, from a great storyline. It involves a witch, a failing romance, a virtuous young woman & a horny knight. The knight has two servants that appear to have different opinions about the witch but turn out to be more alike than intended.

The acting is great except for Penelope (female lead) Cruz who both doesn't have enough of a role nor does she do enough. It comes with either English or Spanish language track & English subtitles. The musical soundtrack is classical & I enjoyed it a lot.

The witch & her influence on the town are as marvelously done as the music. Throughout the movie it is the servants & witch that power the story & not the lead actors. I can't rate it 3 stars but I can't rate it 4 either. The love story is kind of weakly done in my opinion. I'll give it 3.5 Amazon Stars.
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