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The Two Escobars [DVD] [2010]

Jeff Zimbalist , Michael Zimbalist    Exempt   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Artefact Films
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CSKD5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug lord in the world, ruling the Medellín Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. Although not related, their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned the national team into South American champions, but when Andres scored an ""own goal"" that eliminated his team from the 1994 World Cup it ultimately cost him his life. For Colombians, soccer was far more than a game: their entire national identity rode on the success or failure of their team. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review and ratings for film, not DVD! 1 Jun 2011
I saw this film last night on ESPN, what a great documentary. I knew quite a lot about the Colombia World Cup 94 debacle and also a bit about the Pablo Escobar empire although it was a bit before my time, but the film really demonstrated how the two worlds intertwined in a big way over the years and I enjoyed recognising things I knew in the 'plot' but also finding out new aspects of what took place and why. A scary place! There is also credibility in what is being said when there are contiributions from the major participants: the footballers, the gangsters, the policitians.

PS The reviewers before me have given low ratings due to the poor quality of the DVD product they purchased, I can understand their frustrations but can't comment on that, because as I said I watched the film on TV so I have given the content a high rating as I enjoyed it very much. Hopefully the publishers can get their act together so customers are not completely put off from seeing this!
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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
"The Two Escobars" (2010 release; 104 min.) brings the parallel yet indirectly intertwined stories of Pablo Escobar and Andres Escobar (they are not related) in Colombia of the late 80s and early 90s. From humble beginnings Pablo eventually becomes the No. 1 drug king of Colombia, which is saying something. Andres, from equal humble beginnings, eventually becomes a star soccer (football) player, becoming even captain of the Colombian national team, which reaching new peaks as never before, eventually rising to the No. 4 ranking on the FIFA world rankings. Then comes the 1994 World Cup in the US, where Colombia enters as one of the favorites...

Couple of comments: first, this movie is a riveting political and sports documentary (or is it a sports and political documentary--you decide)., you simply can't make this stuff up. It's the reason why facts always trumps fiction, and why I am such a fan of documentaries. Second, with the passage of time, this documentary, reflecting on events now 20-25 years ago, has become a great time capsule of how things where then. Check out the incredible footage of Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, in the 80s and early 90s, when the drug wars were being played out in the open, every day. Third, the movie does a great job documenting how football was used to money-launder drug money, creating Colombia's so-called "narco-soccer" peak in the late 80s (when Andres' team wins the Copa Libertadores, the first Colombian team to do so). At one point, Pablo, then in jail, summons the Colombian national team to come play a football game, AT THE PRISON, and they do! It would be the equivalent of a jailed drug king in the UK summoning the English national team for an intra-squad game of football, can you imagine?
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The Zimbalist brothers have achieved through this touching documentary a fair portrayal of Colombia's darkest amongst its darkest hours: the blood-drenched decades surronding the rise of the cartels and in particular the Medellin cartel. The parallel lives of middle-class born and bred footballer Andres Escobar and that of Colombia's most notorious druglord: Pablo Escobar help us glimpse into the complexity of class struggle, the scourge of poverty and deprivation. The entwinned hope and frustration of the nation's football success and failure at the 1994 World Cup, provide the fabric through which both lives are told and the unfolding tragedy. This is not an easy subject at all, particularly if either sympathy or condemnation weighs in the balance of the documentary's producers. Blunt and disturbing as some of the images it conveys it is a triumph that in the end does justice to Colombian society as a whole,its resillience, its and quest for peace and reconcilliation. Cliched as it may read, this is a powerful reminder that behind history and its stories there is always a human being and that unfortunately the turbulence has not stopped for good.
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