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Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce
  • Format: Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 19 2012
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1TFK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,039 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary (1996 - 2011) of an inspirational classic with a spectacular new release in Blu-ray High Definition! Join two of the world's greatest and most enduring superstars, Madonna and Antonio Banderas, in the epic musical event that is EVITA. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alan Parker, EVITA is the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion changed a nation forever. Garnering an Academy Award(R) for Best Song (1996, "You Must Love Me," by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber) and 3 Gold Globe Awards (Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Song) -- critics across the world hailed EVITA as an indelible masterpiece. Now, with a new state-of-the-art digital restoration, you can experience every scene and unforgettable song like never before!

This long-awaited adaptation of the Broadway musical, directed by Alan Parker (Fame, The Commitments), features Madonna in her award-winning performance as Eva Peron, the controversial and inspirational First Lady of Argentina, as well as the score from the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The story of Peron's rise to power with her husband (Jonathan Pryce) is narrated in song by peasant insurrectionist Che (Antonio Banderas), as Evita's glamour, poise, and ultimate tragedy inspire a nation in the midst of political and social upheaval. The film is a powerful one, visually stunning and epic in its scope, and yet highly emotional in both the well-known songs and the performances. Pryce portrays a deeply flawed man, ruthless and yet devoted to his wife. Banderas is a swashbuckling figure, instilling passion in the heart of Eva Peron. And Madonna gives a strong and commanding performance as a woman who loves her husband and loves her people but must fight the stirring passion inside her. Featuring "You Must Love Me," an Academy Award-winning song written for the film, Evita is vivid and powerful entertainment for people who love musicals for both stage and screen. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Horberry on Aug. 13 2005
Format: DVD
First, I declare my bias: I loved the stage musical. I saw it early on in its London run, and made sure I had a ticket for its final night in London. And I've seen too many movie versions of stage musicals that are just dreadful. So I had low, low expectations for this.
But it is WONDERFUL. Not only was Madonna great, the resonances between her life and Eva's rise to fame gave an added frisson to her performance. Banderas can sing and dance a storm, and the tango sequences are enough to convince anyone to join a dance class. And there was at least some attention drawn to the repressive nature of the Peronistas, which wasn't - or couldn't be - done on stage.
Anything bad? Sure. The dreadful reallocation of 'Another Suitcase' to Eva rather than to Peron's mistress. But I can forgive this in light of the sublime 'You Must Love Me', new for the movie, and a wonderfully double-edged lyric masterpiece.
Don't just buy this: play it again and again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacDougall on Nov. 8 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A sweeping film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s successful stage musical based on the true-life story of Evita Duarte, a polarizing figure in Argentina, who rose from nothing to eventually become the wife of president Juan Perón. There is very little spoken dialogue in the film that is told primarily through a collection of unforgettable songs, including “Another Suitcase in Another Hall”, “I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You”, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, and the Oscar-winning “You Must Love Me”, just to name a few.

Like the songs, the acting is very strong across the board. Madonna’s long list of prior music videos in her singing career serves her very well here as she embodies the role very convincingly and emotes a plethora of emotions and feelings through song and body actions alone. Antonio Banderas is fiery and handsome as Ché, the narrator, and Jonathan Pryce turns in an observant and memorable performance as president Juan Perón.

Evita features stunning picture quality and an impressively rich audio presentation that delivers the film’s commanding musical soundtrack very well. Special features include a making-of documentary (43 min), Madonna’s “You Must Love Me” music video (3 min) and a teaser trailer (2 min).

Evita successfully moved from the stage to the big screen in a way that is both enjoyable and memorable. Though many like to point out Madonna’s less than stellar acting career, there is no doubt that the role of Evita is one she was born to play. Highly recommended.
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Format: DVD
Now first let me state that this one of my favorite movies. I have also researched into the life of Eva Peron. The movie is about 95% true. Madonna stars in movie as the title role of Evita. This movie is the story of Argentina's former first lady, Eva Peron. This film starts from the end and then goes from beginning to end. It shows how she went to Buenos Aires with a tango singer. It shows hows Eva took on lovers to get jobs, and even helped her husband, who is played by Jonathan Pryce, get the presidency for 2 terms. She and her husband did have 2 weddings, one was in a church and one was a civil ceremony. Eva also traveled while she was first lady. She got woman the right to vote. She also did start a foundation. She did help build houses, hopitals, and schools. When her husband went for his 2nd term as president, the people rallied for her to be vice-president. Eva Peron did had many Christain Dior, over 100 furs, and a jewelry collection comparable to Cleopatra's. Sadly, Evita died when she was just 33, of uterine cancer. This movie won some Acadmeny awards and a gloden globe, I believe
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Format: VHS Tape
One of the interesting sidelights to this movie is the fact that Oliver Stone wrote part of the screenplay. While watching it I kept wondering what part? Stone, whose edgy, over the top indictments of oppression, corruption and especially military stupidity, wouldn't seem to be one to celebrate the elevation of Eva Peron to something close to sainthood, which is what this movie does. Maybe all his work ended up on the cutting room floor. Or maybe it was obscured by Andrew Lloyd Webber's music. Certainly we do not see the decamisados (Peron's version of his friend Mussolini's Blackshirts) torturing anyone, and although the "disappeared" are mentioned in passing, there is no retrospective that allows us to see just how widespread and horrific were the murders committed by the Peronists.
Anyway, Madonna, who certainly fits the part like a glove, stars as Evita, and she gives the performance of her life. Yet somehow it is unconvincing, or I should say, somehow the film doesn't really get to the essence of the woman who rose from poverty to the pinnacle of power in Argentina, a woman extravagantly loved by the common people of Argentina even while she was a party to the fascist oppression. I don't think this is Madonna's fault. Her voice is good, not great, of course, but her dramatic skills are very much in evidence, skills that have always been underrated, although I'm not sure why. If you watch her in this and in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) you can see that she has a range easily exceeding that of most actresses. I think that ironically it is the very quality of common origin and common appeal that the Argentines so loved in Evita that the critics hold against Madonna.
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