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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]


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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006841GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five films by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. 'Bad Education' (2004) is a semi-autobiographical melodrama that follows the intertwining stories of two boys, Enrique (Fele Martinez) and Ignacio (Gael Garcia Bernal), who fall in love at an abusive Catholic school and are parted by a jealous paedophile priest. 16 years later, Enrique, now a successful filmmaker, is casting about for an idea for a new film when a young cross-dressing actor, claiming to be Ignacio but known as 'Angel', approaches him with a short story based on their schooldays together. In 'Talk To Her' (2002), Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a housebound nurse who falls in love with a young dancer, Alicia (Leonor Watling), he sees rehearsing through his window. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is a journalist who falls in love with a bullfighter, Lydia (Rosario Flores), after being assigned to interview her. When Alicia and Lydia are involved in separate accidents which send them both into a comas, Benigno and Marco meet at the hospital and unpredictable consequences promptly ensue. In 'All About My Mother' (1999), single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) takes her 17-year-old son, Esteban (Eloy Azorin), to see a stage performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' as a birthday treat. Tragically, Esteban is killed when he chases after a taxi carrying his favourite actress, Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes). Consumed with guilt, Manuela decides to go in search of Esteban's father, whose identity she never revealed to her son. In 'Live Flesh' (1997), an adaptation of the novel by Ruth Rendell, Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet drug-addicted diplomat's daughter Elena (Francesca Neri) after losing his virginity to her. She barely remembers anything about the past, however, and attempts to shoot him. Two cops, David (Javier Bardem) and Sancho (José Sancho), arrive at the scene, and David is shot, leaving him paralysed. Victor finds himself imprisoned for the shooting, although he is innocent. In jail, he learns that David, now a paralympics champion, has married Elena, and vows revenge upon his release. In black comedy 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' (1990), Marina (Victoria Abril) is a soft-porn actress with two men in her life: one, the wheelchair-bound director of her films, is obsessed with her and leaves endless messages on her answering machine; the other, Ricky (Antonio Banderas), has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital and is determined to father her children. Ricky attacks her in her flat, holds her hostage and ties her to the bed in the hope she eventually becomes a willing participant in his plan.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I Am Tyler Durden VINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Amazon Customer on 16 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on 8 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Y. Bissett on 11 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
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 By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan 2005
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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 By A Customer on 11 Jan 2005
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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 By Anita on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. CRAVEN-GRIFFITHS on 19 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
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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