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Che - Part Two - Guerilla [Blu-ray]

Demian Bichir , Rodrigo Santoro , Steven Soderbergh    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Demian Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno, María D. Sosa
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Writers: Benjamin A. van der Veen, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Peter Buchman
  • Producers: Benicio Del Toro, Belén Atienza, Brahim Chioua, Cristina Zumárraga
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Second instalment of Soderbergh's two-part 'Che' epic, a political drama based on the memoirs of Che Guevara starring Benicio del Toro as the iconic revolutionary. Having helped to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in Cuba, Guevara now moves on to foment revolutions in both Africa and South America, ending up in the mountains of Bolivia while being pursued by CIA-backed counter-insurgency raiders.

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4.0 out of 5 stars very good film 24 April 2014
By Fabian
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Very good film, great picture and sound, excelent Benecio del Toro . I don't like to translation of spanish to english
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable film. 4 Jan 2014
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Who knows how accurate this two part film actually is. But having seen part one a while ago I though the second part was worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Aug 2014
By stellan
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Speedy delivery. No probs!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray transfer 8 July 2009
The other reviewers covered the story pretty well; I would just like to add that Part 2 seems to be a far worse transfer to Blu-Ray than the first one. None of the movements of the people moving around in the film are smooth on my Blu-Ray player and the colours look washed out. Disappointing on blu-ray.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Shot, But Not Without it's Share of Problems 9 April 2009
By billy - Published on
Che is Steven Soderbergh's epically long movie about the revolutionary life of Che Guevara. Running a little over 4 hours, the movies are impressive looking, but really stretch attention spans towards the end of the film. The movies were set up as The Rise (The Argentine) and The Fall (The Guerilla). They were also shot differently. The Argentine I believe was all digital, with bright, almost over-saturated colors. It was also in 2.35:1, with a lot of low angle shots to make Che look more impressive, lots of deep focus photography, and some gorgeous wide shots of the mountains and jungle. It felt epic and grand, and the tone of the movie is much more positive. The action shots are mostly well staged and unadorned with heroics. There's also some nice faux documentary footage of Che in New York City. These scenes serve as a way for Che to explain his philosophies and ideas as the Cuban Revolution plays in the background. My only issue with these scenes is that they seem overly cinematic for supposed documentary footage, even if the documentary footage is staged. There's tons of cuts, close ups, and artistically set up shots of Che. It kind of ruined the documentary feel.

The Guerilla was in a 1.77:1 ratio, the colors were mostly muted, a handheld camera was used liberally, and there were less close ups overall. It made the Guerilla seem like a much colder, more chaotic experience, mirroring the lack of success Che had in Bolivia. It's also much more pessimistic, and it would be hard to understand what was going on without viewing the first part. It was extremely successful in portraying the malaise, desperation, and boredom of Guerilla warfare. I'd say 90% of the movie was focused on Che and the guerilla's trekking though the jungle, sick, hungry, wounded, or all of the above. They tired to convince the peasants to join them, but to no success. It's also a more "nuts and bolds" breakdown of Guerilla combat as opposed to the better rounded view of the Cuban Revolution we got in the Argentine. There's also a fair bit about the Bolivian response, backed by the US Government. It's fascinating from a historical perspective, but it was kind of tedious to watch.

Benico Del Toro does a great job as Che. They absolutely nailed the look of him, and Benico gives a pretty good low key performance. The Argentine has most of the character development and most of the political elements. Che is shown as a tough but ultimately charismatic man who deeply cares about his countrymen. I don't know a lot about Che, but the first half seemed fairly reverential. There's a lot of business about his love for his countrymen, his skills as a doctor, and his charismatic leadership abilities. The second movie balances it out a bit, because Che is seen as mostly ineffective, physically ill, and desperate. He remains committed to his ideals throughout the second film despite his struggles. Still, I've heard a lot about the executions ordered by Che, and they aren't given a lot of time in the movie, except for a short scene in the first film and some talk in his UN speech about them.

Another major drawback is the running time. At 4 hours +, you're definitely stretching the attention span of all but the most dedicated. Particularly the last film really strains the viewer, which was less entertaining, more deliberately paced, and distant than the first film. If you're not viewing the Road Show version, the second film would have a hard time standing on its own. Without the ideas and the characterizations of Che from the first movie, the second film wouldn't make much sense. Some of the films more opaque elements were lost on me. There are a lot of characters, and a lot of specific political ideas that kind of went over my head like Agrarian Reform. For a film this long, there is a ton of detail.

Che is a very ambitious, well shot, and mostly successful film. The first half is an entertaining and on the whole a better film, while the second has some issues, but is mostly successful as well.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Paul D. Korman - Published on
"The true revolutionary is guided by strong feeling of love" - CHE
Wether you support him, his ideals or not, educate yourself on this side. You must know both sides before you can honestly say your public schooling brain washing is worn off and your giving an opinion of your own. This movie stays very close to both diarys Che wrote (which i reccomend reading) and is a moving and brilliant peice of art. 4 hours went by like an hour. Sure theres so many pats of his life uncovered but to fully follow this mans life would take another 6 hours! I wish if anything they would have given just some mention of his attempts to free the slavery in the Congo. TO that i say read "The African Diarys" by Che.

This movie willl move you. You will laugh you will draw tears and you will feel angry. It was beautifully portrayed by Bencio who stood by his morals in taking the role. Overall its cinimaticly a masterpeice and as Sean Penn said before the Oscars "Why im not bumping in to Steve or Benicio here tonight ill never know, the film was brilliant". Did Benjamin Button knock CHE off the nomination list? Probably but that dosnt matter to del Toro or Steve so watch the film please, its an important part of history.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Uneven But Noble Effort 2 May 2009
By R. L. Huff - Published on
Soderbergh's effort is inspired but somewhat displaced. His approach - to focus on selected aspects of Che's guerrilla career, at the beginning and end thereof - has its merits. The time limits of filmmaking require one to get at the heart of one's subject quickly and not crowd too much into a film narrative. Yet Soderbergh has ironically done that by drawing his production out into four hours.

To be fair one should see this as two films, a "Che I" and "Che 2" as a sequel. The second, like most sequels, doesn't measure up to the first and turns into an endurance test on the part of the viewer - though this may be intended, to emphasize the futility and desperation that enclosed Che in Bolivia. Perhaps he even welcomed the end of this campaign, as one welcomes its end on screen.

A better complement to "I" would have devoted perhaps a half hour to Bolivia. Che was not the most outstanding of guerrilla warriors in Cuba or Latin America, and there were other aspects to Che's life besides combat. A look at his time as commander of La Cabana, overseeing the Revolutionary Tribunals; or pushing a hard line during the Missile Crisis; or portraying the origin of that iconic photograph, at the mass funeral of counter-revolutionary terrorist victims, would have more engaged the general viewer and done more justice to his legacy.

Still, Soderbergh has done a better job than mainstream Hollywood ever could have, had it even deigned to touch the subject. Only Soderbergh's own radical edge could do this project any justice at all, and that we must give him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Che - An icon for change 18 Aug 2009
By Well Red - Published on
A slow moving but very profound movie. Che's influence is still being felt in South America. He has inspired a new generation of great men who will improve the material wellbeing and life of their fellow countrymen i.e., Hugo Chavez, Eva Morales, et al. See this movie!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CHE: Part One gets 3.5 stars 6 July 2009
By Beardyjin - Published on
At the end of the film the credits reveal this film was based on Ernesto "Che" Guevara's own memoirs, so to say this film's perspective is slanted is an understatement. However, as a filmgoer my greatest complaint about the film isn't its historical accuracy or omissions, but rather the lack of characterization for such a long film. CHE: Part One covers everything from Che's first meeting with Fidel Castro to his victory in Santa Clara that led to Fulgencio Batista fleeing Cuba. The film starts off when Che and Castro first meet, and the scene is heavy in talk of political ideology. However, neither the scene nor the film ever truly explores or attempts to show the motivations behind these revolutionaries. What force(s) drive them to lead this revolt in Cuba? This is attempted to some degree in footage later on in the film where Che speaks at the United Nations and decries the US government for supporting Batista.

The film does an excellent job of showing how these guerrilla squads were formed and led. It's also an entertaining enough crash course on the Cuban revolution that culminates in some truly great action scenes with the battle of Santa Clara. However, the film is entitled CHE and not "How Che Helped Win The Cuban Revolution," which would've been more accurate. The movie faults itself by focusing too much on the guerrilla warfare of the revolution and not giving a well rounded view of the titular character. This film is technically only the first half of a four-hour plus film, so perhaps "Part Two" of the film reveals more about the man as a whole. "Part One" was just good enough to keep me curious enough to find out.
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