Evita [DVD] 
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Running Time: 129 mins approx
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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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.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English SDH, Spanish
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite musicals and Madonna plays and sings it beautifully.Published 24 days ago by lil2181
It could not be played on my DVD equipment due to a different format so it was dumped.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great film. The packaging was all in German but luckily the film itself was the English version.Published 2 months ago by PeteW