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ARIA is that history-making film. Sexy, violent, thought-provoking and funny, here is the movie critics raved about, audiences flocked to see, and no one could stop talking about.

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  • Actors: Theresa Russell, Stephanie Lane, Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Elizabeth Hurley
  • Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0016I0AKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Jones on July 4, 2008
Format: DVD
ARIA is a wonderful film. Each director chose an Operatic Aria to work with for interpretation to the screen.
The new DVD release is to be avoided. I pre-ordered this a couple of months ago and upon arrival, was totally dissapointed by the quality. It's not 16x9 as advertised. It's not even full frame as it was filmed. Very poor transfer from an old answer or release print. Poor sound, doesn't even look good with a 1080 upconvert DVD player.
I have this film on VHS tape. Three years ago I transfered it to DVD. My VHS tape copy is far superior to this release.
In short, it sucks.......
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on August 7, 2002
Format: DVD
This movie provided Liz Hurley with her big break. Soon after this, Dennis Potter snapped her up for the lead role in the BBC adaptation of Christabel Bielenberg's 'The Past is Myself'. She became Hugh Grant's girlfriend and the rest is history. She transformed herself physically during her twenties, which is why some viewers have had problems identifying the occasionally nude actress that appears here as the very slim Liz Hurley they now know.
For me, 'Aria' was the classical music community's response to the rise of MTV and the pop video. Directors like Ken Russell and Nick Roeg wanted to show us that opera could be equally colourful and sexy, even if you couldn't dance to it. And they proved their case, to my mind.
But like a pop video, you wouldn't want to watch this too often. There's no substantive connection between each of the videos, so you end up feeling much the same as you would after a 90-minute immersion in MTV.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JSM on November 14, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although I have extensive musical experience as a classically trained singer, I think that even the novice appreciater of opera will find "Aria" appealing. The concept for "Aria" is compelling. Ten directors each make a short film using music from opera that has moved them in some way. As with any compilation of shorts, some do a better job than others. The five star review at the outset means that I think the best shorts of the bunch are worth buying the entire DVD. I will review each short separately.
The short films in this series can be catagorized in several ways. There are films that use excerpts from an opera to tell its film "story", while others use only a single composition. There are films where the visual story takes precedence and the music "accompanies", whereas others have the music as the star.
Images from Bill Bryden's short film are interspersed between each of the others giving the viewer a marker for when one film ends and another begins and this creates a story arc through the whole compilation which culminates at the end. (I will review Bill Bryden's film last.)

1. "Un ballo in maschera" (4 & 1/2 stars) - Dir. Nicolas Roeg uses excerpts from Verdi's opera to tell the story of a lustful Albanian monarch (played by actress Theresa Russell in a pants role!) wooing a young Baroness in Vienna while exiles plot to assasinate him. Those of you who know the Verdi opera will recognize the opera's plot mirrored in the film. I delighted in attention to details like the double-headed eagle (Albania's national symbol) over the entrance of the embassy.(Yes, I am Albanian.) The film succeeds in telling its story while allowing the music to carry us along. (Warning for brief partial nudity)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have loved this movie for years. Granted, it may be for deep film buffs, but it is powerful.
Each vignette offers a top director's interpretation of a provocative aria. Opera lovers know how emotionally provocative the music can be; and that raw emotion is shown by each director.
The love story is one of the most romantic and tragic stories I have ever seen--the images are still in my mind 10 years after first seeing it. I had enjoyed a light introduction to opera before this movie, but after feeling the raw emotions this film created in me, I bought a few opera CDs based simply on first hearing the arias in this movie. There is even some VERY funny stuff is one scene.
So, in summary, the music, images, and emotions from this movies were all so intense, they've stayed with me for years. If you can take the intensity, do not miss out on this powerful movie that can be both sublime and intense at the same time.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By PR GUY on June 19, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There comes a time when you are exposed to a film...to a song...to a photograph...to a piece of history that sends you to a place where you either want to be...or wish to avoid.

I saved the film "ARIA" for Father's Day...because when I began to watch it six months ago I was quickly enveloped in an aura of nostalgia that tugged at my heart.

I don't know how to review such a film as "ARIA". There's never been anything like it, nor will there be again. It is cinematic brilliance...cinematic brilliance...cinematic brilliance. Do you get the point?

It is a visual masterpiece...a musical masterpiece...simply a piece of art!

I'd be remiss if I told you it was for everyone. This one is very much a romantic (sometimes erotic) flick I would highly recommend to the hopeless romantics on this planet. Unfortunately, that eliminates most of the men on Earth...but not me.

I don't remember the last time I cried so much...so hard...so consistently...than with this operatic, eroti,. connectic, endearing...and sometimes tragic epic.

It is filled with love...with pain...with hope...and joy...and sprinkled with passion...with eternal love...with lost dreams...with hopeful fantasies...with ART!

Many films have left me speechless...this one will never find a way to keep my trap shut.

Maybe it's the romance in me that provoked the tears...but this film is one that goes straight to the heart...the soul...the ears and the tears. If you've ever been in love...lost a love...yearned for love...or simply enjoyed the thought of being in love..."ARIA" is for you.

See it with a loving friend. I swear you'll swap tissues...you'll hug...you'll cry out loud...

and that's what makes this film such an epic of the heart.
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