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Kiss of the Spider Woman [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Studio: Unidisc Music
  • Release Date: Oct. 28 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D7T6MC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,208 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 7 2011
Format: Blu-ray
While many like Hector Babenco's brilliant, raw 'Pixote' better, I find
his deeply emotional portrait of two lost souls surviving together in a
South American prison cell even more riveting.

The two towering performances ' William Hurt's feminine gay
storyteller, and Raul Julia's angry but frail (emotionally and
physically) leftist are by far the best work either has done on film.

The intricacies of their slowly evolving relationship are complex,
powerfully moving, and sometimes disturbing,

And while probably 60% of the film takes place in one room, the film
never feels like a play. It's always cinematic.

A special film that holds up to repeated viewings.
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By Andrew Chatwood on July 8 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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Format: Blu-ray
While many like Hector Babenco's brilliant, raw 'Pixote' better, I find
his deeply emotional portrait of two lost souls surviving together in a
South American prison cell even more riveting.

The two towering performances ' William Hurt's feminine gay
storyteller, and Raul Julia's angry but frail (emotionally and
physically) leftist are by far the best work either has done on film.

The intricacies of their slowly evolving relationship are complex,
powerfully moving, and sometimes disturbing,

And while probably 60% of the film takes place in one room, the film
never feels like a play. It's always cinematic.

A special film that holds up to repeated viewings.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A Fine, Thoughtful Movie Nov. 15 2002
By H. F. Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
I remember liking this movie when it came out in 1985 but I had forgotten just how good this movie really is. William Hurt certainly deserved the Oscar he won for his portrayal of Molina, an effeminate sex offender-- he is always in character-- on the other hand, Raul Julia is wonderful as a political prisoner too. This film makes a thoughtful statement about both friendship and what being a man is really all about as well.
I can't remember when I have seen such a realistic film. You can almost smell and taste the awful prison food that these two men eat, for instance. The sex between the two men is handled with great delicacy. This is a really fine movie that troubled me long after I saw it again.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A "classic" in every sense of the word! Jan. 22 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
UPDATE!
City Lights Home Entertainment Secures North American Distribution Rights to Academy Award(R)-Winning Indie Classic ''Kiss of the Spider Woman''
Friday May 9, 4:15 pm ET
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray for the First Time
Special Collector's Edition Video Package will include never-before-seen footage and a full-length documentary: Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--City Lights Home Entertainment has acquired DVD, digital and television distribution rights to Academy Award®-Winning Indie Classic Kiss of the Spider Woman. The feature film starring William Hurt, Raul Julia, and Sonia Braga, along with a surprising and never-before-seen feature length documentary "Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman", will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally for the first time in North America at a future date to be announced.
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"Kiss Of The Spider Woman", although an emotionally draining film, is a true classic. Right from the first scene, you feel the frustration of Valentin and Molina, both outcasts of society, yet for very different reasons. The acting is nothing short of extraordinary. William Hurt as the lonely homosexual, Molina, the late Raul Julia as the stern, but deeply caring political prisoner, Valentin, and Sonia Braga [who takes on three different roles, including the title role, and plays them all brilliantly], are what make this film so great. Although Hurt deservingly won the Oscar for Best Actor, the same consideration should have been given to Julia and Braga for their contribution, as they were both nothing short of incredible. Why this great film is not out on DVD is a mystery in itself. If you've seen it, see it again....if you haven't, I highly recommend you do.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly moving and poignant story June 26 2008
By Laura J. Lendman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Based on the classic play this film tells the story of friendship, fantasy, love, loss, and betrayl. Set in a foreign prison. Two individuals--a gay man (William Hurt) and str8 man (Raul Julia)form a bond that opens the world of the mind and fantasy to escape the physical realm of their prison walls. Sadly this bond is just a facade to illicit government espionage and secrets.

This film was surely a head of it's time. Some might compare this to a "Brokeback Mountain" style of film. If you are squemish about a film dealing with homosexual aspects this film is perhaps not for you. Even though the film and the story is more mulit-layerd with drama and subtext to be labeled a "gay" film.

The acting performances are incredibly powerful and heart wrenching. Sadly, Raul Julia is no longer alive, but this is a fantastic example of his dramatic ability, when so many are familiar on a larger scale of viewer with his performance as Mr. Addams in ADDAMS FAMILY and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES. William Hurt does not portray a "typical" gay man for laughs or mocking purposes or explotation. His performances goes much deeper than that.

This film explores how we all can be manipulated by kindness and love when are at our most low and vulnerable place in our life. We all have a choice to merciful and kind, or deceptive to reach our own means. Which eventually backfire on us in eventual time.

I highly suggest reading the play before seeing this film. It might help in understanding.

This is an Oscar winning film and very much so.

Buy it and await the visit and fatal KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. Will be one to enter this web of complex dimensions. Devout film lovers take note, this should be on your list.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
talk about overlooked! May 12 2001
By MAX - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Why is this film not on video or DVD? Think back to 1985. This was one of the biggest films of the year. Did you ever read a bad review of it?
William Hurt won Best Actor at the Oscars, BAFTA and Cannes for this film! It was nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation!
Come on FOX, get your act together and release it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The most delicate of kisses... Nov. 5 2008
By Andrew Ellington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
There are few films that are able to hold your interest with a simple conversation. Most movies pack on the action and suspense and travel from scenic route to scenic route in an attempt to strap you to your seat in excitement. It is truly a rare gem, a special treat, when one is able to just sit back and watch life unfold in the simplest yet most heartfelt of manners.

That is just what happens in `Kiss of the Spider Woman'.

The film opens with imprisoned homosexual Luis Molina telling a vivid story to his cellmate, Valentin Arregui. Molina acts out each scene in detail, and he croons over each and every word; his eyes lighting up as he reenacts the heroine's gown. Valentin is less than impressed, at least it would seem. Luis has been imprisoned for seducing a minor; Valentin is a political prisoner. The two couldn't be more different, yet the two of them form a bond behind these prison walls that is unlike any you or I have experienced on screen before.

The film rarely leaves the confines of the cell, departing from time to time to tell us a story (Luis likes to explain his favorite movie in great detail to help pass the time) but the film never comes off as boring. The relationship building between Molina and Arregui is enough to hold our interest for far longer than the films running time even, so don't be afraid that its small space will lead to early retirement.

William Hurt and Raul Julia are flawlessly compatible and brilliantly convey the true emotional connection between these two men. Originally they were to play opposite roles, but when chemistry wasn't right they decided to swap parts, and it worked so much better. That worked out wonderfully for Hurt (who acts down to his very tip toes), who wound up winning the Oscar for his tortured portrayal of Luis Molina.

The film is really a story within a story, as it broaches the effects of political tyranny as well as conditioned discrimination. And then there is the beautifully woven tale of Leni Lamaison, as told by Luis Molina. While Lamaison's tale is of political espionage it has a much deeper meaning, as can be seen when Molina tells his tale of the mystical Spider Woman or when Valentin confides in Molina of his love, Marta. The fact that all three of these characters are played by the same actress, Sonia Braga, help blur the boundaries of reality and fiction and help portray an aspect of these men's lives that is absent behind those cold cell walls; freedom. She represents there need to be free and she provides them escape while they are physically in bondage. You might even be urged to conclude that they represent one another; representing Valentin for Luis and Luis for Valentin, for it is within one another that they find true happiness.

The film is expertly constructed and marvelously directed by Hector Babenco who worked wonders with Leonard Schrader's adaptation of Manuel Puig's novel. The contrasts between the secluded confines of the prison cell to the gallant freedom felt on the Spider Woman's island are marvelous depictions of pure human emotion and help connect us to this beautiful tale. With brilliant performances by Hurt, Julia and Braga, accompanied by a tightly woven script and a delicate hand, `Kiss of the Spider Woman' is by far one of the best movies of all time.

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