Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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We saw the original movie and enjoyed it. This was a gift that a friend requested so I have not viewed it but I'm sure she will.Published on Jan. 30 2014 by Linda Crofton
Although it didn't do well at the box office, I love the music in this Andrew Lloyd Webber production put to film.Published on May 29 2013 by Lorraine Rogers
i love musicals and this is an all time favorite. such a heart felt compelling film. one i can watch over and over.Published on April 24 2013 by Arron
Wanted this movie for a long time, happy to have found it, bought it and was shipped quickly. Good servicePublished on March 10 2013 by Jenn B
Evita (15th Anniversary Edition) arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Read more