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Pedro Almodovar Collection: Bad Education / Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down / Live Flesh / All About My Mother / Talk To Her [DVD] [2004]

Gael Garcia Bernal , Penelope Cruz , Pedro Almodovar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Gael Garcia Bernal, Penelope Cruz, Cecilia Roth, Fele Martinez, Pedro Almodovar
  • Directors: Pedro Almodovar
  • Format: Box set, 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 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pathe
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006841GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Writer/director Pedro Almodóvar's dark, sexy Hitchcock homage is his best work since his Oscar-winning All About My Mother, and deepened by a sun-dappled sadness. Handsome, enigmatic Ángel (Gael García Bernal) arrives at the Spanish movie offices of director Enrique Goded (Fele Martinez) and happily proclaims that he's actually Enrique's long-lost school chum Ignacio--an announcement that is both less than convincing and more than it seems. A novice actor, Ángel pitches a semi-autobiographical screenplay in which he's determined to star, a revenge-laden reflection of the doomed love he and Enrique shared as boys before a paedophile priest cruelly intervened. The script, and the lost days it recalls, carefully unfurls into a series of brooding movies-within-movies and memories-inside-memories, which allow the sensual, multiple-role-playing Bernal to give the performance of his young career--among other things, he makes a stunningly convincing drag queen--and Almodóvar the opportunity to suggest, movingly, that people will pay any price to ensure that their stories are told. -- Steve Wiecking

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, SYNOPSIS: This 5-DVD Collection contains 5 Almodovar's movies:

Bad Education ( La Mala educación ):

In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them.

Talk To Her ( Hable con ella ):

Marco, a journalist grieving for a love affair that ended ten years' ago, falls in love with Lydia, a bullfighter also on the rebound. Benigno, a nurse, dedicates his life to his only patient, a young dancer in a coma as a result of an accident four years' before; he talks to her, reads to her, holds photographs in front of her closed eyes. When Lydia is brought comatose to the hospital where Benigno works, he and Marco become friendly, and the nurse encourages the journalist to talk to her and hope for a miracle. Marco is Sancho to Benigno's Quixote, and as Benigno's hopes for his patient become fantasies, Marco tries to inject reality. Does a miracle await?

All About My Mother ( Todo sobre mi madre ):

A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his 17th birthday as he runs to seek an actress's autograph. She goes to Barcelona to find the lad's father, a transvestite named Lola who does not know he has a child. First she finds her friend, ...Pedro Almodovar 5-DVD Collection ( Bad Education / Talk To Her / All About My Mother / Live Flesh / Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! ) ( La Mala educación / Hable con ella / Todo sobre mi madre / Átame! )

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 6 Jan 2005
By I Am Tyler Durden VINE VOICE
This is a supurb film with a clever twisting plot. It centres on a semi autobiographical story written by one of the characters which is being made into a movie. As the film progresses it plays out as two parallel stories, one being the fictionalised version of events, the other being the actual events. It's quite a touching story revolving around 2 boys who fall in love at school while trying to avoid the molestations of an abusive priest/teacher, and then what happens to them in later life. It involves love, betrayal, blackmail and murder. Brilliant.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 16 Jan 2005
For me, this is the best Almodóvar film to date. The plot is complex but comes together by the end of the film and is gripping throughout (I won't go into the plot as the synopsis and other reviews can be viewed on this site). The performances from all the main characters (particularly Gael García Bernal) are stunning and the film takes the viewer through a gamut of emotions, from hilarity through poignancy and spine-chilling suspense. The film score needs to be acknowledged too: it is one of the best I've heard - somehow the composer, Alberto Iglesias, manages to fuse a Bernard Hermann (composer of much film music including 'Psycho' and 'Taxi Driver') style along with early nineteenth century ecclesiastic choral music (using a boys chorus). During the film - one of my favourite moments - there is an extract from the Kyrie from Rossini's 'Petite Messe Solennelle' - this moment is electrifying as is the music during the closing credits - don't reach for your coat, stay and listen! Not much more to say except that Almodóvar gets better and better as he matures, and this film is his best yet.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It wasn�t like this at my school! 8 Jun 2005
By A Customer
This is a beautifully made film, with the dry, dusty landscape reflecting the coarse education and subsequent evolution of the two central characters. Fine performances are put in by Fele Martinez and the current darling of international cinema, the handsome Gael Garcia Bernal, who uses his elegant features to fine effect, spending much of the movie in drag. The film certainly offers up some thought provoking issues on the abuse of power, and some delicately shot scenes suggesting the young love between the two boys. However the middle section possibly concentrates too much on looking good and not enough on advancing what is a strong and engaging plot, which is unravelled rapidly at the end. Overall this is an intriguing, stylish movie which will both tug at the heart and invoke rage simultaneously, however it may be 15 minutes too long.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit I am a huge fan of Almodovar. He is known in certain circles as the Woman's Director, but the central relationship here is between two men. I don't want to go into the plot, as it is complicated, contains twists and too many characters that any explanation would spoil it. Suffice it to say, two boys become very close intimate friends in their catholic school and their story unfolds years later within the Spanish film industry. The two leads are excellently cast, especially Gael Garcia Bernal, who looks fabulous in drag.
Purported to be loosely autobiographical, this film tackles some very controversial topics, particularly the abuse of young boys by catholic priests. The film manages to illustrate this subject without being too sexual or explicit. It maintains pace throughout, and never fails to twist itself into knots. To fully follow the flashback/film scenes plot, I recommend watching it twice.
All in all, in my opinion, not as good as "Talk to Her", and probably not as widely appealing as "All About My Mother", but highly watchable for anyone willing to spend a while in Almodovar's world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Almodovar 5 Jan 2005
Daring to say this might be one of his best works. As usual almodovar keeps you enthralled, intrigued, laughing and in suspense to the last moment, and the lead Gael Bernal Garcia delivers a fantastic performance, the perfect choice for the role...
This is a must have for any avid almodovar fan or a good introduction to his work, it will get you addicted to almodovar in no time and you'll never go back.... again a fantastic piece of cinema...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Education! A Good Movie! 11 Jan 2005
By A Customer
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I'll start by saying I'm a Catholic! So, I hated the movie! Right? Wrong! Loved it. As usual a perfect script. A bit even more serious this time. Perfect casting! Gael is great, but for me, Paquita (Javier Cámara), is Oscar stuff! HE'S PERFECT! And the Andalusian accent is a plus! Catholicism is not on trial! People are. Priests that are not perfect (to say the least) are! And a film noir like we hadn't seen in decades. A film, inside a film, inside a story! Just GREAT! Muy bien, Pedro, y hasta la próxima película!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spotless direction 19 Mar 2009
Almodovar collection;
this boxed set is a journey through the unsayable and unexpected; it takes a partisan view of some of the more difficult behaviours, not to justify them but to expose all their consequences. We see loyalty, family, age, gender and sexual behaviour thrown into a spotlight with surprizing outcomes. Everyone should see it once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that stays with you. 16 April 2007
By Anita
Gael Garcia Bernal is amazing, the story is told in flashback, and present day. You never quite know what parts of the film are happening, and wich parts are being acted by the characters, who are making a film in the movie. - CONFUSED?- well i was, but my confusion just added to experence. All the performances are great, the characters engaging, and the story both lovely, and disterbing.

If your a fan of the director, or the star you wont be disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good
i enjoyed this film as i live in spain and enjoy some of the jokes as the film goes on. really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gael García Bernal at his very best.
Gael García Bernal at his very best.
If you have not watched it before I suggest not read the plot. Perfectly structured, engaging. Read more
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