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Pedro Almodovar Collection - Volver, All About My Mother, Bad Education, Talk To Her [DVD]

Penélope Cruz , Marissa Paredes , Pedro Almodóvar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Penélope Cruz, Marissa Paredes, Antonio San Juan, Eloy Azorín, Gael García Bernal
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
  • Format: 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: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 421 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FYAGE4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Four films by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. In the supernatural-themed 'Volver' (2006), Penélope Cruz plays a Madrid mother and housewife of a drunk husband. She and her hairdressing sister are orphans by dint of a house fire back home in rural LaMancha. When their sole surviving relative there - their mum's sister - passes on, her past habit of talking to the girls' mother as if she were still alive takes on a new and chilling significance. 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 seventeen-year-old son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), 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. She finds out that he has had a sex change and is now called Lola the Pioneer, and along the way meets various characters, including transvestite La Agrado (Antonia San Juan) and AIDS-infected nun Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), who help her with a painful journey of self-discovery. 'Bad Education' (2004) is a semi-autobiographical melodrama that follows the intertwining stories of two boys, Enrique (Fele Martínez) 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. Enrique decides to use the story, and casts Angel in the film's lead role, despite his discovery that Angel is not in fact Ignacio, who died three years earlier, but his younger brother. Enrique's film also includes scenes in which the grown-up Ignacio tracks down the Catholic priest who abused them as boys, and these scenes soon become mirrored by real-life events.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By S. K.
With the number of Almodovar collections on the market it was difficult to decide which one I should buy. I eventually went for this one as it includes a number of his most well received films to date. All the films are top quality and feature Almodovar's colourful, graphic style and subject matter that is usually serious and quite melodramatic, but always infused with moments of black comedy. The picture and sound quality of all the DVDs are great. Sadly, there really aren't any extras included that are worth mentioning. This is disappointing but the collection is still worth buying considering the quality of the films and the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific collection at a terrific price 11 Jan 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
This contains some of Almodovar's most emotional and complex work, from the later half of his career.

As has been noted, most fans of his work will already have these films, but if not, you're getting four of his very best films for the price of one. (as of Jan. 2012)

My personal thoughts on the four films;

All About My Mother (1999) - My favorite Almodovar film to date. He finally combines the best of his older, absurdist films, with his new found maturity and real emotion that began to emerge in 'Flower of My Secret' and 'Live Flesh'. A woman's son dies, while trying to get an autograph from a great actress, leaving his mother bereft, and trying to start a new life. I won't give away any details, but her journey is both funny and tragic, and leads to some terrifically unexpected and sometimes ironic places. Full of odd and wonderful characters, and some very strong acting. A bit cute or 'forced' in a few moments, but overall a moving, special and wonderful film. If you don't know Almodovar's work, this is an excellent place to start.

Talk to Her (2002) My second favorite Almodovar film. A moving and complex study of the relationship between two men, and their connection to women in comas. A few brilliantly funny moments, and some ultimately very creepy undertones keep it from being over-sentimental. Every character is more complex then they first appear, and the confusion between what is good and what is bad in both intent and effect is very rich. Some great camera work too. Gets slow in a few spots, and the sentiment still goes over the top in a few places, but still a terrific film about the similarities and differences between love and obsession.

Bad Education (2004) Fascinatingly complex nourish mystery.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Problem with subtitles 1 Jan 2012
By Cecilia
You can't choose if you want or not subtitles. You always see the subtitles on the film. I didn't know It and I would like have known this before the shopping.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Based on the quality of the films... 24 Aug 2009
the films included in this box set are all excellent, however as other reviews have said, have been featured in other almodovar collections.if you've already got these other box sets, fair enough, dont bother with this. but, despite this, i feel that as examples of his later, more recent work they go very well and i can see why they have been put together. if you dont already own them, or are not a hardcore fan it would be a good buy. but, like i said, these are only his most recent films and anyone looking for more of the director's earlier work, as well as these, should check out some of the other box sets available.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch these films! 5 Oct 2009
I ordered these films about 2 weeks ago and I have watched them all. My favourite one is Todo Sobre Mi Madre by far and the worst in my opinion is Volver. They all show the revolutionised post-Franco Spain in Almodovar's eyes; this is shown particularly well in Mal Educacion.

They also are good at helping you with A Level Spanish, and help you understand more about what Spain went through when Franco died.

Watch them! They are good films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and entertaining 19 Nov 2013
By Patrick
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Almodovar has a unique way of creating movies that manage to be deep and entertaining at the same time. which is difficult considering his chosen subject matter of sexual abuse and death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good films 27 Sep 2013
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Trying to learn Spanish but don't know if these films really help for that reason. Other than that, think Almodovar is a great film maker - and have seen many of his films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almodovar admirer 5 April 2013
By Jakkals
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I bought this boxed set because I am huge fan of Almodovar's films. It feels great to own this set.
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