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Evita [DVD] [1997]

Madonna , Jonathan Pryce , Alan Parker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Alan Parker, Oliver Stone, Tim Rice
  • Producers: Alan Parker, Andrew G. Vajna, David Wimbury, Lisa Moran
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D35R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,911 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After more than a decade of false starts and several potential directors, the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical finally made it to the big screen with Alan Parker (The Commitments) at the helm and Madonna in the coveted title role of Argentina's first lady, Eva Perón. A triumph of production design, costuming, cinematography, and epic-scale pageantry, the film follows the rise of Eva Perón to the level of supreme social and political celebrity in the 1940s. Like Madonna, Perón was a material girl (she was only 33 when she died); she was instrumental in the political success of her husband, Juan Perón (Jonathan Pryce). But Eva was also a supremely tragic figure whose life was essentially hollow at its core despite the lavish benefits of her nearly goddess-like status. The film Evita has a similar quality--it's visually astonishing but emotionally distant, and benefits greatly from the singing commentary of Ché (Antonia Banderas), who serves as a passionate chorus to guide the viewer through the elaborate parade of history. --Jeff Shannon

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AUDIO 5.1-region 2 dvd-english language FEATURING MADONNA,BANDERAS,GARY BROOKER(PROCOL HARUM) EN ANDREA CORR (THE CORRS)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Edition 16 Feb 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
After the technically disappointing DVD release, Alan Parker's accomplished version of the hit musical finally receives a proper edition on blu ray. Although the detail is not as stunning as you can get in the latest digital film productions for a film over 15 years old the quality of the image we have here is pretty good. The audio is also a vast improvement on the previous release too and I would certainly recommend an upgrade for fans of this impressive show.

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film, terrible dvd 16 July 2007
Format:DVD
The big screen version of Evita has everything one expects from a film musical - great singing, great orchestra, a huge sense of scale... However, this DVD was released at the start of the DVD era, and lacks a Dolby Digital 5.1 track or an anamorphic transfer, so the image is soft and lacking in detail and the sound only in Dolby Pro-Logic. Your best bet is to purchase the French or Australian versions of the DVD, both of which have anamorphic transfers with excellent image quality and the full Dolby Digital 5.1 track, aswell as interviews, trailers and featurettes from the electronic press kit made at the time.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought Madonna suited the role perfectly 28 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
I've read some reviews and seen many critical of Madonna's casting in the film version of the musical Evita. Having never seen the stage show I went with no preconceptions at all and was blown away. The score was wonderful but more than anything Madonna was a revelation and I thought deserved her Golden Globe after many years of critical panning. Unfortunately for Madonna she is often bigger than the film she is in and everyone lines up to knock her. Sometimes she deserves it but not this time. It is no secret that she had to beg for the role but she was right, she has much in common with Evita herself which is why, ultimately, she was perhaps one of the few people who could truly pull off the part as the girl from the gutter who does good. On top of that Madonna's own mother died of cancer at a similar age and she doesn't look unlike her either. Eva Peron had both a hardness and a vulnerability about her, driving ambition and used fame to fill a hole in her life that ultimately consumes her. Madonna is her mirror-image. I cannot imagine anyone else playing Evita now. Madonna showed she CAN sing and had vocal coaching to increase the strength and range of her voice, she was pushing 40 when she made the film and had to play a teenager. She doesn't really pull it off but I can't imagine anyone else could have done better. And as for not being able to act - as someone who goes to the movies a lot and doesn't cry, I found myself bawling my eyes out at the end when Evita dies. Her tears seem real and painful. I watched it a 2nd time and the same thing happened. And to me that is a sign that somebody was truly taking me in with their performance. Antonio Banderas is fantastic as Che (who'd have thought he could sing like that!) and did anyone spot the singer from the Corrs as the maid who gets stomped on? All in all a great musical with a great cast and well worth watching.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, Poor DVD 17 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I don’t wish to criticise this film. It’s actually rather good (and much better than you might expect).
My issue is that the DVD itself is rather poor. The non-anamorphic transfer is poor and when blown up to 16:9 is very grainy. The soundtrack seems to be rather low quality – just a poor quality stereo transfer. The region 1 DVD is in 5.1 and much better quality, although that too is in letterbox format.
Let’s see some justice done to this film. It deserves better than this. (But I’ve no doubt that a ‘Special Edition’ will appear one day, so we can all buy this film twice!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Madonna is no Patti LuPone 22 Jun 2014
Format:DVD
Madonna is a music superstar, there is no doubting this, however, her film career over the last 30 years leaves a lot to be desired. While she was the leader of the pack in the pop world, at least for female pop singers, her film career is the prime example of how a hugely successful music career doesn't necessarily translate into a hugely successful film career. Madonna is someone other singers look at as an example of what not to do when looking for a respected film career in Hollywood and beyond. Even her directorial efforts - Filth and Wisdom and W.E. - were critical disasters. Let's face it, she's hardly Bette Midler, Cher and Barbra Streisand, three legendary singers who transitioned into critically actresses and have either won an Oscar (or two in Barbra Streisand's case) or have scored multiple nominations over the years. Even Whitney Houston had more critical and commercial success at the box office than Madonna with the few films she made in the 1990s. The Bodyguard, the second highest grossing film worldwide of 1992, was a hit because of the presence of both Whitney and Kevin Costner, while Whitney's follow-up film Waiting to Exhale outperformed Evita at the US box office.

Taking a look at Madonna's Rotten Tomatoes profile, it's no surprise to see that the majority of her films are considered just that, rotten. Shanghai Surprise, the 1986 film she made with her then-husband Sean Penn, currently holds a 14% rating, Who's That Girl?, released in 1987, currently holds a 23% rating, while 1992's Body of Evidence, a blatant attempt at riding the Basic Instinct wave, currently holds a 6% rating. Also released in 1992 was Shadows and Fog, one of Woody Allen's lowest rated and forgotten films.
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