The Motorcycle Diaries [DVD] 
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Based on the journals of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto 'Ché' Guevara, this coming-of-age road movie by Brazilian director Walter Salles follows the adventures of the young medical student Ché (Gael García Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granada (Rodrigo de la Serna) as they cross South America on motorbikes in the early 1950s, on their way to take up their medical residency at a leper colony in Peru. Along the way, the men discover much about life and about their own views on the world - and begin to realise just how different their individual destinies have become. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
The beauty of the South American landscape and of Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education) gives The Motorcycle Diaries a charisma that is decidedly apolitical. But this portrait of the young Che Guevara (later to become a militant revolutionary) is half buddy-movie, half social commentary--and while that may seem an unholy hybrid, under the guidance of Brazillian director Walter Salles (Central Station) the movie is quietly passionate. Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna, a lusty and engaging actor) set off from Buenos Aires, hoping to circumnavigate the continent on a leaky motorcycle. They end up travelling more by foot, hitchhiking, and raft, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. No movie could affect an audience the same way, but The Motorcycle Diaries gives a soulful glimpse of an awakening social conscience, and that's worth experiencing. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product description
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... based on the real life events - and an amazing adventure of two young men riding a motorbike through ...
on 27 March 2017
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Enjoyable film which takes place in South America and which is based on the real life events - and an amazing adventure of two young men riding a motorbike through this most beautiful continent - and that eventually changed the young and talented medical student from Buenos Aires Ernesto Guevara to a communist armed radical revolutionary.
on 23 June 2009
Whilst I enjoy a good blockbuster film, it's great to see intelligent and thoughtful films beginning to be issued on Blu-ray. This is a film that really draws me in and holds my attention throughout - I soon forget that I'm reading subtitles as the film gets under way. Reviewers of the DVD have expressed well the film's great qualities - I shall therefore comment on the Blu-ray presentation. The film does look slightly grainy, but it obviously didn't have the huge budget of a glossy Hollywood production so that's not surprising - and somehow it adds to its charm. Otherwise the transfer is fine and with the enhanced detail over the DVD, it looks great on a big screen. I haven't watched the extras yet, but there's over an hour of them (in SD). Well worth the extra cost for the Blu-ray version.
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We had just returned home from a tour of Cuba and were fascinated by the revolution story, and wanted to learn more about Che.Read more
I have seen this before in a small cinema in Cambridge and fell in love with the film then. It remains just as fresh some 15 years later and just as watchable, should be every...Read more
Great movie, not worth the blue ray price though for the quality on screen resembles a DVD quality. The movie will take your mind on a wonderful adventure through south America,...Read more
Anyone who did a road trip back in the day will love this, it sure took me straight back to some reckless but brilliant teen years.Read more
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