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VINE VOICEon 22 December 2014
I watched the first part of this film when I bought the set, but it took me 4 years before I finally got around to watching part 2. Thankfully the films are separate to each other so you don't really have to watch them in order or one after the other.

Part one deals with the rise of Che and the overthrow of the Government which is by far the better of the 2 films. The second part deals with his time in Bolivia and his attempts to mobilise and train a Guerrilla movement to overthrow the Bolivian government. I didn't really feel that the film moved forward. It was interesting to see how he struggled to keep the group together and prevent some infighting and at the same time peasants he was trying to help were turning against him through fear of reprisals from police and military. You get the feeling that the country perhaps wasn't ready for a revolution at that time.

I have absolutely no interest in politics and don't fully understand the different regimes, but you do get a flavour of what Che was trying to achieve. If you want to go back further in his life to try and understand him a little better, I would recommend the motorcycle diaries.

The Blu-ray quality is superbly clear and sub-titles are easy to read regardless of what was on-screen at the time. The audio was perfectly acceptable using TV speakers.
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on 23 March 2015
Intelligent account of Che, Castro and the revolution. Deeply involving and quite gritty when it comes to the actual fighting. Some good politicking also to explain why the revolutionaries stuck their necks out so blatantly. He began as a doctor 'Motorcycle Diaries' DVD covers him as a young man on a trip which showed him of some on the inhumanities which turned him into a revolutionary rather than a doctor to treat your piles. Personally I would by both DVD's and watch them in order. Politicians never appear to learn anything until a person like Che or Castro comes along to remind them in no uncertain terms.
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HALL OF FAMEon 21 March 2010
This pack offers both parts of the excellent Che films and although the extras and bonus features are a little sparse, this is a good way to own both films.

`Che Part One' (aka as The Argentine) explores Che Guevara's experiences during the Cuban Revolution based on his own Cuban diaries. It looks at how he developed as a revolutionary and how Castro gave him more and more responsibility as his talents grew. He comes across as idealistic and honest and looked after both his men and the peasants in the areas he fought in. Del Toro acts superbly throughout and you could really believe this is a documentary, rather than a film, as the acting and direction is so good. This is shot mostly in Spanish, with subtitles, which adds authenticity to the film and isn't a hindrance to understanding or enjoyment. This film also uses colour and black and white cinematography to good effect. The revolution part of the film is shot in colour and the scenes where Che is talking at the U.N. after the war has been won is shot in black and white. This is very effective and gives the film a historical feel to it. Having read the book I know that rather being a exact chronology of the revolutionary war, it is rather a series of the exploits, battles and experiences as told by Che. This film follows the same format and if you don't know some of the history of the Cuban issue it may be confusing at times. For example it makes reference to the Bay of Pigs (where the U.S. sponsored an invasion of Cuba) but doesn't really specify any other information about it for those unaware of the history. Although in the films defence I am guessing the kind of person who would want to see this film would have a rudimentary understanding of the war and general history in the first place. This is quite slow moving at times and isn't good for those expecting an all Hollywood action movie, but if you enjoy authentic feeling bio-pics then this is well considering. It is brilliantly acted, has amazing locations and shines a light on the character of a twentieth century icon.

`Che Part Two' (aka Guerilla) looks at how Che tried to formulate and win a revolutionary war in Bolivia. Like part one this is shot entirely in Spanish with English subtitles, but the filming style feels different. You don't get the mixture of colour and black and white photography and this feels less like a documentary and more like war footage. It has plenty of hand held camera angles and a more intimate feel to it. Che has to deal with disobedient, unprepared and ill trained troops this time and you can see he struggles from the word go. He also has to deal with men who don't believe in the final objective as strongly as he does. In Cuba he had the backing of the peasants but in Bolivia they worked against the revolutionaries and hindered their progress at every turn. Che comes across as softer here, but just as resolute and with the same integrity he brought to the Cuban war. As before Del Toro is exceptional and the direction is impressive throughout. This is based on Che's own Bolivian diaries and like the first installment it can feel a little slow at times, but yet again we get offered an accomplished Bio-pic of an icon. This concludes both films with impact and leaves you with a greater understanding of the man and the times he lived in.

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on 21 January 2012
I recently visited the sites of Che's revolutionary exploits, in Cuba and Bolivia, and bought this video afterwards for interest. My expectations were not high given the editorial licence most film directors assume these days for recording the lives of well known personalities. This is a good film, poignantly filmed and with some excellent acting. The style of the presentation is also good, with before and after scenes, and action on the ground interspersed with Che talking at the UN in the early 1960s and being interviewed by various American news channels. I have no idea where the film was made but the scenery closely matches that of the true locations. All in all, a good and accurate insight into the revolutionary life of one of the best known and least understood characters of modern history. Would we be so interested in his life, or wear the Che T-shirt, if he had not died at a young age?
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on 23 May 2016
While it was good, it played on 1 level all the time.
It started off very goods, but was just acted the same way in both disc's
there was no light and shade in it just a very down-ward all the time.
The second disc was more of the same, even more so. I could not
cheer the under-dogs because it was such a downer all the time.
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on 29 April 2014
Overall, this is a great film. The acting of all, epecially Benicio del Torres, is superb. del Torres is Che. Watched this only in Spanish with no subtitles and would say that he has the accent down. Was a good idea to present these as separate films because they really are: Part One is Che an integral part of a successful revolution; Part Two is the unsuccessful one. Critics aside, I found Part One to be somewhat superior to Part Two. However, I rewatched Part Two and upped my evaluation of it. Soderbergh is a masterful filmmaker who doesn't idolize Che, but presents us with a full picture of the man on which we can make our own judgements.
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on 27 February 2018
I’ve only watched part 1 so far... it was brilliant.
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on 30 May 2018
just came back from Cuba so it was fabulous to see the history.
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on 21 June 2018
Happy
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on 31 January 2016
Anyone wanting to know how great a man Che was should see these. He has become a hero of mine and the world needs people like him.
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