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Vicky Cristina Barcelona [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Rebecca Hall , Scarlett Johansson , Woody Allen    Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Christopher Evan Welch, Chris Messina
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Bernat Elias, Charles H. Joffe, Eva Garrido, Gareth Wiley, Helen Robin
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G9F9IW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining 23 April 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Patricia Clarkson role is vital in this film, without wanting to give too much away. And what a good actress she is, adding something substantially to every film I've seen her in. She is not in a leading role here, but these are expertly cast too, so that as usual you feel Allen is guiding you masterfully through the twists and turns of the plot. These are compelling, I found. At times the film reminded me a bit of Jules et Jim, with a menage a trois complete with bikes and country lanes ... and a charmingly insinuating soundtrack. And the theme of mental instability is also a parallel ... Penelope Cruz really pushes her character to an extreme but it works very well in the context (in line with the Jeanne Moreau character, but physically more in the mould of Sophia Loren) and she looks fabulous too, as do both American girls. It is one of those films that manage to be very entertaining and reflect interestingly on real life as well, and with depth, even if the beauty quotient is improbably high! And the ending is perfectly judged, leaving you wondering how Allen can turn out films of this calibre - or even better - so regularly. Perhaps it falls a little short of his very best, in that the portrayal of the 'artist' is a bit superficial and it doesn't quite feel as if the culture has been absorbed. As, indeed, it hasn't by its American characters. Nevertheless the handling of the plot is superb, and it does suggest how we may discover things about ourselves precisely when we are not in our own environment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 12 Sep 2010
By Eva
I don't really know much about Woody Allen so can't speak for those who want to compare this film against others... Judging by other reviews, it seems to be a much simpler film than what his fans are used to. But what I can say is this, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a film I can watch again and again, perhaps because of its simplicity... It makes laugh and I love how the city of Barcelona is a character in itself... If you have ever fallen in love with a city (especially a Hispanic one) this might strike a chord with you. I would definitely recommend this film!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barcelona: The Third Ingredient 5 April 2009
In "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", Woody Allen explores yet another variation on his central theme of complex sexual relationships, but this time through the lens of the tourist's camera. The tourist is Scarlett Johansson in her role as the restless Cristina, who has no idea what, exactly, she is compulsively seeking through the lens of her digital camera (Metaphorically, she begins to catch a glimpse only after she exchanges digital for film.). Both Cristina and her intellectual best friend, Vicky (Rebecca Hall), arrive in Barcelona, where they are quickly captivated by the attentions of an aspiring artist (Javier Bardem), who is encumbered by baggage--the baggage in question being his suicidal/homicidal wife, Maria Elena (played to the hilt by Penelope Cruz).

Through the splendid cinematography of Javier Aguirresarobe, Allen makes it evident that the two friends are seduced as much by the spell of Spain in general--with its "gently weeping" guitars, midnight tapas and golden wines--and Barcelona in particular--with its magnificent art and architecture, ingredients that render a scenario, which in a more mundane setting would be improbable, plausible. In other words, the city--the third ingredient of the title--works its magic both on characters and viewers, who are able to suspend their disbelief as one tends to do when traveling to the enchanting cities of southern Europe. Allen demonstrates this proposition with Vicky's husband and his friends who discuss nothing but computers and business affairs while her thoughts drift away with the haunting notes of a classical Spanish guitar.

Some reviewers have criticized the voice-over, but as far as I'm concerned, this straightforward device lent the film an old-fashioned charm.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's with the negative reviews ? 16 May 2010
This movie is up there with "Only You" and "Under The Tuscan Sun" as a chick flick set in the beautiful city of Barcelona. It portrays two American friends on holiday where they would probably do the standard touristy things and tick it off their "to do" list of life. However, both women end up with a bigger and more soul searching experience than they ever imagined. Although Cristina (Up for anything in the pursuit of real love) & Vicki(I've got a man so back off !!) have completely different views of love, by the end of the movie, they both find they have more in common than they care to admit. Javier Bardem plays the part of a Bohemian artist who has more baggage than Terminal 5 but has not given up on love and life. The problem is that it causes utter confusion in both these women's lives as they inadvertently find themselves lost in his drama but eventually find themselves as a result, in the end. He is utterly charming and extremely direct but at the same time very open and honest. When he confidently invites both ladies to Oviedo for a weekend of good food, wine and l*ve making, I literally laughed out loud at the sheer gall of the man.

Set in the romantic city of Barcelona, the movie provides stunning views of Parc Guell, Gaudi architecture, little cutesy wine bars, restaurants and art galleries, listening to weeping guitars in the open air on a balmy evening and the beautiful Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), who in my opinion truly "made" this movie.

If you loved Only You, Under the Tuscan Sun, Stealing Beauty or any travel movie then get this DVD for your collection. If you have ever lost and found yourself in a holiday romance or if you long for such an experience just for the fun of it, if you are an incurable romantic then get this movie. It is definitely one that you will watch time and time again especially on those wintry nights with your girlee friends and your rose wine.

Love it !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Published 21 hours ago by Ian Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great casts and very interesting plot!
It is very interesting indeed to see how the story develops and how it ends. I was watching it with an open mind and of course I was surprised by scene after scene. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Yammy - Patchaya Teerawatsakul
5.0 out of 5 stars My summary
Penny Cruz's acting is excellent and the story is modern and sexy. I love the dynamics between her character, her husband and Scarlet Johansson showing that love can be cruel,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by christine gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars One watch artsy film
It's OK. Passionate, fun but not really engaging apart from a mild curiosity of having given up time to get into the film, one might as well find out the ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AmandaW
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunny Woody fun
I'm always a bit cautious about more recent Woody Allen movies, but I have to say this was very enjoyable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sebastian Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed reviews on amazon!
It took me a while to get around to watching this dvd. I was pleasantly surprised as Woody Allen films can be a bit hit and miss but this was much better than expected. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Stanhope
5.0 out of 5 stars nice add to my collection
suberb dealer!!! nice add to my collection!! i will sure buy more scarlet johannsen movies in the future!!! very satisfied with this blu-ray disc!!!
Published 7 months ago by miguel
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, Spanish Love Affair (thanks to Bardem and Cruz)
I quite enjoyed this film. Despite the fact that the plot is sketchy at best, a few of the actors pull this potential flop from out of the mud. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Goldensnitch
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Woody at his best
This is a beautifully made,lovingly photographed,well acted piece of....well , nothing much honestly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by I. Stuart
3.0 out of 5 stars Vicky, Cristina, Ramona
In many of his films Woody Allen has portrayed the cities he loves and knows well -how can you love something you don't know? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trelawny
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