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Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]

Madonna , Antonio Banderas    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   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!


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 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Evita (1996) Jan. 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Madonna has finally gotten the role that she said herself was born to play: Evita. This film is an up-dated movie-musical version of the broadway musical, Evita.
Madonna is in the role of Eva "Evita" Peron, who rose from poverty to riches and fame. Eva lived a life so perfect, so sublime, it seemed to good to be true. Until she became diagnosed with uterary cancer. She passed away on July 26, 1952, leaving her nation heartbroken.
Madonna was incredibly outstanding in this role. This was a role that was made only for Madonna and nobody else. They could've picked the best actress in the world and that actress still wouldn't come close to Madonna's performance. But the movie itself wasn't what I had expected. I was thinking this would be a movie with dialogue. I didn't expect to me a movie that was a musical. That's why I gave it three stars instead of five. Still, Madonna delivers another one of her best performances. Her rendition of Don't Cry For Me Argentina is nothing less than beautiful. I think her rendition of the song is the best one around.
If you haven't seen this film, please be my guest and see it. I don't know what the rest of you will think, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Cry For Us at the Ocars April 17 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to watch but unfulfilling April 12 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful but lacking April 11 2004
I don't like Madonna but I have to admit she tried so hard to pull this role off and almost succeeded. Her voice is a pop voice. This role calls for a powerful singer and anyone who saw Patti LuPone do this role on Broadway will be struck with how unsuited Madonna's voice is for it. But she did try. Her dancing is fine, her look is almost right. She was too old to play young Eva and too robust looking to play sick, dying Eva but did a passable job as Eva at her height. And then there was the acting problem. Sometimes she was well grounded in the character and sometimes all you could see was Madonna just going through the motions pretending to be Evita. She and Jonathan Pryce had no chemistry at all and that was a flaw. The Perons may not have been a love match but they were a powerful team and it just didn't come across that way in the movie. The best thing about the movie is Antonio Banderas as the sarcastic, angry and ultimately shocked and heartbroken Che. He's not playing the historical Che of course but Che as a sort of smarter than the masses Greek chorus who follows Eva around pointing out the truth of her pretenions.
This was a beautiful looking movie. It's a big overgrown music video but a strangely unsatisfying effort. If you loved Evita you'll be happier just buying one of the Broadway or London recordings but avoid the movie soundtrack at all costs--with no visual distractions the shortcomings of Madonna's voice are downright painful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE this Movie
Published 2 months ago by Troy Oakley
4.0 out of 5 stars Evita
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 8 months ago by Linda Crofton
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE TH8IS MOVIE
Although it didn't do well at the box office, I love the music in this Andrew Lloyd Webber production put to film.
Published 17 months ago by Lorraine Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
i love musicals and this is an all time favorite. such a heart felt compelling film. one i can watch over and over.
Published 18 months ago by Arron
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Wanted this movie for a long time, happy to have found it, bought it and was shipped quickly. Good service
Published 19 months ago by Jenn B
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film adaptation highlighted by a great performance from...
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jamie MacDougall
5.0 out of 5 stars Evita (15th Anniversary Edition)(blu ray)...the definitive edition of...

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Published on June 21 2012 by Dr. Joseph Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna is great as Eva Perron
I must admit when my family took me to see this film at the theater, I was disappointed. I did not realize this was a musical. Read more
Published on April 4 2007 by david
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna did fine...admit it!
Don't Cry for me Argintina was the song that got me into musicals and so I have always loved Evita. In my opinion Madonna did quite an excellent job playing Eva. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by J. Ourada
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