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  • Actors: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga, Julio Vélez
  • Directors: Alejandro Amenabar
  • Producers: Thesis (Uncut)
  • Format: Import, PAL, Collector's Edition
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 126.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8RDZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,445 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Collectors Edition, Deleted Scenes, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Scene Access, Short Film, Special Edition, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: The debut feature from Spanish wunderkind Alejandro Amenбbar (Open Your Eyes, The Others), Tesis is a thriller starring Ana Torrent as Бngela Mбrquez, a film student who, while researching for a thesis paper on violence in cinema, stumbles upon a snuff film featuring the murder of a former student at the university. Enlisting the help of classmate and violent-movie buff Chema (Fele Martнnez), Angela begins an investigation into the crime that leads them to several suspects. One of them is Bosco (Eduardo Noriega), a handsome classmate to whom Angela finds herself attracted, much to the chagrin of Cheme. Tesis was the recipient of seven awards at the 1997 Goya Awards including Best Film.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, Fantasporto Awards, Goya Awards, ...Thesis (Uncut)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bishop on 17 Feb. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
After watching Abre Los Ojos at the cinema, I decided to watch other films that were directed by Alejandro Amenabar. This was his first film and is a thriller that has been unmatched by hollywood. The story is about a girl who discovers a "snuff" movie, and what happens to her as she tries to investigate the murder. Needless to say anyone who has watched Amenabars films before will understand it is full of twists and surprises and the finale is one of the most gripping, and genuinley shocking I have ever seen. Prepare for a sleepless night the first time you experience this film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2002
Format: DVD
A student studying violence in film happens upon a disturbing snuff movie, the subject of which is a girl who disappeared from the college 2 years ago. Plenty of suspense and plot twists to keep you interested before you find the real culprit. More conventional than Abre los ojos, but with some similar themes. Blurring reality and fantasy/nightmare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. L. Esq on 20 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The film is an exciting film of the type where someone almost by accident gets involved in detecting a crime ring. This time the ring involves someone who is making snuff movies (Films of real people being tortured and killed).

The twists in the plot as the protagonist, Angela (Ana Torrent), tries to find out who is behind the filming of a videocassette that she comes upon are as good as any film of this genre. Only at the end are you really sure who is on the side of right, and who is a villain.

There are a few scenes of violence (mainly near the beginning, though these are "film within film of the victims being beaten") but most of the brutality is off camera as we watch the protagonist's reactions. There is far less gratuitous blood and gore than in most war or horror movies, and nor does the film rely on the depressing fatalistic psychology of films such as Abre los Ojos.

Unfortunately, the UK release by Tartan (Tesis [DVD] [1996]): if you have a wide screen TV, the transfer is produced as a 4:3 letterbox (which looks rather strange on the 16:9 television. - I can "16:9" zoom it on the television, but the quality is lower than upscaling on the DVD. It also only appears to have a Dolby 2.0 soundtrack rather than the original's 5.1. On the plus side, this disk has optional English subtitles - given the good diction of the actors, it is nice to be able to switch them off.

If you want a proper 16:9 print with Dolby 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 28 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
Media student Angela(Ana Torrent) is conducting a thesis on Audiovisual Violence. Struggling a bit she enlists the help of an elderly Professor called Figueroa(Miguel Picazo) and misfit student Chema(Fele Martínez) who has a large collection of violent and porn films in his dingy flat. Figueroa visits the library to try to find examples of extreme violence on film. Instead he finds a secret room full of video cassettes. The next morning, Angela finds the Professor dead, having seemingly expired whilst watching a video. She steals the video and takes it to Chem's flat. Chema puts the video on, and a woman is being horribly tortured on screen. He calmly states that the footage is real and that he recognises the woman being murdered. Soon the unlikely duo, determined to find out the truth behind the death of the woman called Vanessa, concoct a cover story that will bring them closer to her friends. It is then that Angela meets the mysterious, unpredictable Bosco(Eduardo Noriega) and soon Angela is thrown into a living nightmare from which there seems to be no escape
This film is certainly one of the best treatments of the 'snuff film'. It is restrained and full of tension as it both explores the nature of violence and voyeurism and the various characters reactions and motivations. For the most part it manages to carefully shock the audience through very subtle little touches. However it does go slightly over the top during the climatic scenes, slipping too far over into melodrama and maybe giving the audience a few twists too many. A shame, as up until this point it had promised to be one of the best thrillers I had seen in quite a while. Still, it's still a very fine film and one I would recommend to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
An entertaining, thought provoking and at times truly scary first film. It reminds me of early DePalma, both in it's strengths and weaknesses.

Amenabar uses violence and fear as means to explore deeper themes and psychology - in this case the way we're all drawn to violent images, even if we claim not to be. But these ideas stay pretty heady, and at times teeter on preachy or obvious. The film is full of wonderfully clever visual and sound techniques, but occasionally you become so aware of the flash and `hey, what a cool way to film a scene' that it takes you out of the movie. Also for me, the score is a little too obvious a Bernard Herrman homage.

It also goes on a little long. The first 75 minutes or so seemed downright brilliant, but when you drag a thriller out, often the creakiness of the plot shows through. In the end there are a few twists too many for credibility, and it crosses into, `c'mon, she would have gone to the cops by now' territory for the last half hour.

Yet, even once it starts to feel a bit silly, it's never dull, and the tension stays high. For all its flaws, it scared me and it got me to think, and that's always worth applauding.
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