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Chico & Rita [Blu-ray]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Castilian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: UC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006XAE1D8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Turner on 29 May 2011
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I have been a big fan of Mariscals comic art since I first came across it years back and have been looking forward to seeing this for a long time especially as I have recently become a major Jazz convert.

The package contains a very good quite moving featurette about the making of the film which is not only helpful in understanding the film but also helped me clarify for me the only area where I can criticise the film. The animation was stongly based on real live action filming of scenes beforehand and does suffer from the same drawbacks of digital animation in that the characters tend to glide and lack life unlike most 2d drawn animation where exaggeration and input of the animators personality actually gives characters more life than most digimation. In someways the less realistic simplified Mariscal animals in his usual comicart are far more Jazz in spirit than these human characters photoshop type qualities.

On now to the strengths of the film. Mariscals backgrounds are stunning.40's Cuba and New York come to life in beautiful intricate detail. And the music. Here they have been spot on in not choosing to feature real life recordings of the Jazz musicians featured, instead they commisioned Jazz musicians to interpret the styles of those musicians which brings the score to life in a way archive material would have never achieved. I absolutely loved the Ben Webster scene and it was not surprising to hear the Sax player they used was an old friend of Ben Webster. The interplay between visuals and music is easily up to the standards of the best of Scorcese and Powell and Pressburger.

The 15 certificate I felt was a bit over the top for "graphic sex-scenes" although my wife disaggrees and thinks that 15 rating was correct where I think 12 would have been appropriate in relation to children; certainly there is nothing in there that would make me feel unconfortable waching this with my parents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Herda on 3 Nov. 2011
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Everything about this film is bliss. Once you see the car chase in 1950s Havanna, you are transported to this place and this time. The attention to detail is stunning but most of all this film breathes music. If you are remotely interested in the history of Jazz you will love the little hints and accurate details about the jazz giants of that era.

But even if you don't, right here is a deeply moving love story that you will never forget.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 April 2011
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I saw this film at the cinema and was amazed how a cartoon could capture me so completely! The animation and drawing (sorry, not very technical about these things!) really draw you in and you begin to feel it is real. In places I had tears in my eyes! If you've been to Havana it's lovely to try to spot places you know in the animation. It's a really sensitively made film and I loved it so I've put my pre-order in! Great music of course... The previous reviewer has said about the story line so I won't. As it's set around the time of the revolution it does show how awful it must have been if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and separated from loved ones (hope that doesn't give too much away!). See it!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 16 Mar. 2012
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I saw this film in the cinema and simply loved it, so I bought the DVD for several friends as soon as it was released. Happily the people I bought it for loved it as much as I did. Chico is a piano player, Rita is a singer and music brings them together - and also conspires to keep them apart. It's a tragic love story with wonderful jazz. If you can only think of Walt Disney's Snow White when you think of animation, this is the film to show you that this is an art form that can be very grown up as well. The use of colour is almost as stunning as the music. I just loved it!
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Animated films seems to conjure up two kinds of extremes - either the saccharine world of Walt Disney or the alien world of Japanese anime which can thrill and perplex even in the same film. "Chico and Rita" is a film I had heard a lot about but what put off by the crude quality of the animation which appeared unfavourable in comparison with the artistry of some of the better Ghibli films or something like "Five centimetre per second" which is visually staggering. As a fan of some animation, I had postponed looking at this effort.

Any reservations were quickly out aside when the films started. This may be a romance and bathed in a cold dose of reality as opposed to the visual beauty of the Makoto Shinkai film but I've rarely seen a film capture the essence of another of my passions quite so thoroughly - jazz. The principle characters are a jazz pianist and a singer. Whilst the romance is certainly not suitable for children, this is a film aimed at adults and the appearance of such jazz luminaries as Woody Herman, Lennie Tristano and Ben Webster as characters in the films will pitch this piece of cinema at an older generation who shares my enthusiasm for the jazz of the late 1940's. I love the way that the story accurately captures the migration of Cuban jazz musicians of this era to New York and doesn't shy away from telling the truth about the most legendary of these musicians, Chano Pozo, who is hugely important in the tale. The soundtrack by Bebo Valdes is another good reason to snap this DVD up.

This is a sensational piece of film making. True, the animation may have an almost naïve quality about it but anyone savvy to the jazz labels such as Clef and Verve of the early 1950's will quickly recognise the way that the musicians are drawn.
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