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Tetro [Blu-ray]

Vincent Gallo , Maribel Verdú , Mihai Malaimare Jr    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdú, Alden Ehrenreich, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Carmen Maura
  • Directors: Mihai Malaimare Jr
  • Producers: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Semi-autobiographical drama written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Set in Buenos Aires, the film tells the story of frustrated writer Tetro (Vincent Gallo), who is living in a state of melancholic creative exile with his girlfriend Miranda (Maribel Verdu) when he receives an unexpected visit from his long-distant younger brother Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich). Bennie's visit stirs up a complex mixture of memories and emotions as the two brothers struggle to come to terms with the long shadow cast by their father, a successful composer, and find a way to reconnect with one another.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem and a master class in film making 17 May 2011
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As finely sculpted a piece of cinema as I have seen in some time. If you're a fan of cinema and consider cinema as an art form, first and foremost, you will admire and enjoy Coppola's technical and story telling accomplishments in Tetro. This is a master film maker, perhaps in his twilight, reminding us all how good he is at his craft - including how much he can get from his actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One From The Heart 27 May 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
By anyone's estimation, it's a long time since Francis Ford Coppola was a force to be reckoned with in the film world. Regardless of the quality of later works, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and The Godfather Pt. II are, at the very least, likely to remain important landmarks in American filmmaking. Coppola's first original screenplay since The Conversation, Tetro however proves to be a very personal commentary by the director on family, on influences and on the impulses that drive the artist to create, and represents a welcome return to form.

Filmed in Argentina, in beautifully luminous digital black-and-white 'scope photography, the story deals with seventeen year-old Bennie Tetrocini (Alden Ehrenreich), who has run away from a troubled family background, working on a cruise ship that has taken him to Buenos Aires where he hopes to meet and restart a relationship with his estranged elder brother Angelo (Vincent Gallo). Bennie has always looked up to his brother, but finding him in the bohemian La Boca district of the city, known now only as Tetro, he's disappointed not only that his brother doesn't want to have anything to do with Bennie or their family, but he has also given up his ambitions to be a writer. For Bennie, the stay in Buenos Aires proves nonetheless to be an eye-opening experience that sets him off on an exciting personal growth experience, opening up a number of potential new creative paths for the young man to follow, one of which he hopes will create a new bond with his brother.

The film itself serves similarly as a commentary on the primary influences that would drive Coppola himself to be a film director - family, music, theatre, the films of Powell & Pressberger - while also opening up potential new directions, even at this stage in his career.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visual bliss 22 Aug 2010
This film is so utterly beautiful to look at. Saturated monochrome (if that's possible!) and saturated colour sequences; dramatic and emotional intensity; theatrical presentation and references; total immersion in the main characters; lovely dance and music; well-constructed gripping narrative; international flavour; excellent ensemble casting; I'm not tutored in such things but is this Coppola as auteur? Anyway what more could you want? This film's a triumph of the independent cinematic craft.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish, made beautiful and Arty 1 Jun 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I can see a lot of connection between Copolla's 1983 Rumble Fish and this 2009 Tetro. Firstly there's that same inky black monochrome that's as dark as night and with the occasional splash of colour. Then, there's the brotherly relationship, here between Vincent Gallo and Alden Ehrenreich.

It's a while since I last watched Rumble Fish but the brothers there were Mickey Rourke (a rare good film for him at that time) and Matt Dillon. It's about street gangs and pool halls and how an older brother can be very impressionistic on a younger sibling. I'll say no more, except it's a blinder of a film and better than this.

I would have to say that the monochrome cinematography here, though, that everybody drools over is just too dark and contrasty, for this subject and film. I'm a photographer, so hopefully know and whilst Rumble Fish looked superb, that was full of geometric angles and angular paradoxes. Here, the screen is often plunged into almost darkness much of the time.

There is a balletic beauty to much of it though and we veer away from Rumble Fish and on to his works of epic greatness. The Godfathers and Apocalypse Now all share with this, an operatic build up of artistic and emotional tension that is mesmerising. Tetro has this toward the end at the Festival and we start anticipating something big and great. Do we get it? You'll have to see it yourself...

Others have touched on the actual storyline and I'm going to leave that to them. That said, the cast are all good but oddly, Vincent Gallo, as Tetro seems to short-change us. Not performance wise but in that we just don't seem to get to know him, which is part of the whole story, of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Coppola's Masterpiece 12 Dec 2011
I was given Tetro on Blu-ray as a Christmas present but I had delayed watching it as with Francis Ford Coppola's previous release Youth Without Youth I was actually expecting to be very much disappointed by it, luckily this was not to be the case and its clearly his best entirely original screenplay since The Conversation and his most personal film since Apocalypse Now, I engaged with it so much that I wished it had another 30 minutes running time.

The premise for Tetro is actually very slight Bennie a waiter on a cruise liner, decides to look up his long lost older brother Angelo whilst on shore leave in Buenos Aires. He discovers him living with his common law wife Miranda (Maribel Verdu) only now he calls himself 'Tetro' and claims he no longer wants anything to do with his real family. Angelo and Bennie are the sons of a celebrated concert conductor although they had different mothers; Angelo's was an opera singer and died in a car crash whilst he was at the wheel and that, along with another incident between him and his father over a mutual lover, has left him mentally and emotionally scarred.

What struck me immediately about Tetro is how good it looks, I had my doubts as I knew it was shot totally digitally but Mihai Malaimare Junior's 1080p/24 source HDCAM photography is stunning, shot predominately in monochrome using a 2.35:1 aspect ratio but electing to use a smaller ratio for 1960s home movie style, washed out colour flashbacks and full "Technicolor" for the Powell and Pressburger inspired fantasy ballet sequences. There is obviously no loss in quality when transferring this to Blu-ray and the film's visuals are demonstration material and further proof that there will be life after celluloid in this medium.
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