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Evita [DVD] [1997]

4.3 out of 5 stars 272 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Alan Parker, Oliver Stone, Tim Rice
  • Producers: Alan Parker, Andrew G. Vajna, David Wimbury, Lisa Moran
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D35R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features

Ratio: 2:35
Running Time: 129 mins approx

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After more than a decade of false starts and several potential directors, the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical finally made it to the big screen with Alan Parker (The Commitments) at the helm and Madonna in the coveted title role of Argentina's first lady, Eva Perón. A triumph of production design, costuming, cinematography, and epic-scale pageantry, the film follows the rise of Eva Perón to the level of supreme social and political celebrity in the 1940s. Like Madonna, Perón was a material girl (she was only 33 when she died); she was instrumental in the political success of her husband, Juan Perón (Jonathan Pryce). But Eva was also a supremely tragic figure whose life was essentially hollow at its core despite the lavish benefits of her nearly goddess-like status. The film Evita has a similar quality--it's visually astonishing but emotionally distant, and benefits greatly from the singing commentary of Ché (Antonia Banderas), who serves as a passionate chorus to guide the viewer through the elaborate parade of history. --Jeff Shannon

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Format: DVD
The big screen version of Evita has everything one expects from a film musical - great singing, great orchestra, a huge sense of scale... However, this DVD was released at the start of the DVD era, and lacks a Dolby Digital 5.1 track or an anamorphic transfer, so the image is soft and lacking in detail and the sound only in Dolby Pro-Logic. Your best bet is to purchase the French or Australian versions of the DVD, both of which have anamorphic transfers with excellent image quality and the full Dolby Digital 5.1 track, aswell as interviews, trailers and featurettes from the electronic press kit made at the time.
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Format: Blu-ray
At present this is only available as a US import but is an All Region release so should pose no problems for UK viewers.

The letterbox widescreen picture aspect ratio was criticised on the original DVD release as was the sound, which on the UK release was only available in stereo. Both of these have now been rectified: the original anamorphic ratio has been restored and the default sound is Master Audio 5.1, with PCM 2.0 stereo also included.The picture quality is improved on the new release but don't expect startlingly sharp primary colours as the film was intentionally shot in "dated" soft muted colours for the most part, which suits the quasi documentary nature of the film.

The sound is transformed in the new release with the music especially coming across with amazing clarity. One US reviewer was very critical of the sound quality stating that the volume fluctuated widely throughout the film. This is not so. I can only deduce that he is referring to a section near the start of the film where, at the announcement of Evita's death, the music bursts in very loudly; then there is a sudden cut to a scene where the music is very quiet, heard as from a distance, as is clear from the visual image on the screen. At the end of this scene there is another cut to Evita's funeral accompanied by another burst of music at full volume.

Whether you like Madonna is a matter of taste. I'm not a Madonna fan but I thought her rather thin voice added a touch of poignancy to Evita's character, which I liked. The role of Evita seems to be made for her. I now find other interpreters on CD unconvincing in comparison.

All in all this 15th Anniversary Edition restores Evita to the league of truly great filmed musicals.
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By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After the technically disappointing DVD release, Alan Parker's accomplished version of the hit musical finally receives a proper edition on blu ray. Although the detail is not as stunning as you can get in the latest digital film productions for a film over 15 years old the quality of the image we have here is pretty good. The audio is also a vast improvement on the previous release too and I would certainly recommend an upgrade for fans of this impressive show.

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free
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Format: DVD
I've read some reviews and seen many critical of Madonna's casting in the film version of the musical Evita. Having never seen the stage show I went with no preconceptions at all and was blown away. The score was wonderful but more than anything Madonna was a revelation and I thought deserved her Golden Globe after many years of critical panning. Unfortunately for Madonna she is often bigger than the film she is in and everyone lines up to knock her. Sometimes she deserves it but not this time. It is no secret that she had to beg for the role but she was right, she has much in common with Evita herself which is why, ultimately, she was perhaps one of the few people who could truly pull off the part as the girl from the gutter who does good. On top of that Madonna's own mother died of cancer at a similar age and she doesn't look unlike her either. Eva Peron had both a hardness and a vulnerability about her, driving ambition and used fame to fill a hole in her life that ultimately consumes her. Madonna is her mirror-image. I cannot imagine anyone else playing Evita now. Madonna showed she CAN sing and had vocal coaching to increase the strength and range of her voice, she was pushing 40 when she made the film and had to play a teenager. She doesn't really pull it off but I can't imagine anyone else could have done better. And as for not being able to act - as someone who goes to the movies a lot and doesn't cry, I found myself bawling my eyes out at the end when Evita dies. Her tears seem real and painful. I watched it a 2nd time and the same thing happened. And to me that is a sign that somebody was truly taking me in with their performance. Antonio Banderas is fantastic as Che (who'd have thought he could sing like that!) and did anyone spot the singer from the Corrs as the maid who gets stomped on? All in all a great musical with a great cast and well worth watching.
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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
I don’t wish to criticise this film. It’s actually rather good (and much better than you might expect).
My issue is that the DVD itself is rather poor. The non-anamorphic transfer is poor and when blown up to 16:9 is very grainy. The soundtrack seems to be rather low quality – just a poor quality stereo transfer. The region 1 DVD is in 5.1 and much better quality, although that too is in letterbox format.
Let’s see some justice done to this film. It deserves better than this. (But I’ve no doubt that a ‘Special Edition’ will appear one day, so we can all buy this film twice!)
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