Sortilegio is one of my all-time favorite telenovelas. The show features your typical telenovela hallmarks; with the over-the-top plot points, evil twins, kidnappings and classic lines. The production value is excellent--great scenery (makes me want to go to the Yucatan) and the chemistry between Jacky and William as Maria Jose and Alejandro is second to none.
As somebody whose Spanish is not their first language (or second, or third); I always purchase the novela DVDs to get the English subtitles. And, like all novela DVDs, 95+ hours of the original run show has been cut down to 17 hours. While I knew that the slashing of the novela was going to happen; I was keeping my fingers crossed that some of my favorite scenes/parts/plot lines wouldn't get cut. Overall; the flow/comprehension of the storyline is good and what they cut made sense, but I was still seriously disappointed that some of (in my mind) the best scenes were left out. I am slightly biased towards the love story between Maria Jose and Alex, and some of their best scenes were omitted (ie. hotel scene, cenote) and some of the lighter moments with son Tony heavily glazed over. I would have preferred to have those scenes included and some of the parts with the b-storyline and secondary characters get the axe.
I'm not sure who decides to make the dvd 17 hours long; but a few more hours would have made the world of a difference in my mind--I've seen other novela sets with 20 hours or so, so it's do-able.
The extras include bloopers, "music video" to Il Divo's interpretation of the theme song (which you will hear over and over and over and over and over and over throughout all the discs) and a "making of" feature which basically is various vignettes that were created to promote the show. I wished novela dvds had some of the more higher-end features/elements of other TV show dvds...would have found some type of commentary interesting.
All in all, the DVD is a must have for Sortilegio fans. The story of Maria Jose and Alex is my favorite and always brings a smile to my face!