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Blancanieves [Blu-ray] (2012)

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  • Actors: Maribel Verdú (Pan s Labyrinth) Daniel Giménez Cacho (Get The Gringo) Ángela Molina (That Obscure Object of Desire)
  • Directors: Pablo Berger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DPJEWF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Once upon a time there was a girl named Carmen, who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. A re-telling of the classic Snow White, Blancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent cinema, set in a romanticized 1920s Seville. Bonus Features: The Making-of Blancanieves, Director s introduction, Blancanieves: Live Concert in Barcelona & Madrid.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow White...again? November 8, 2013
Format:DVD
Last year, when ‘Blancanieves’ was released (yes, this was released in 2012 over in Spain and was submitted, but rejected, to the Academy for the Foreign Language Film category), there was a lot of murmuring over the internet about the fact that this was a silent film. Ignorant ‘wannabe’ cinephiles were balking at it, calling it a gimmick and accusing it of capitalizing on the sudden rush of fame (and Academy embrace) of 2011’s ‘The Artist’. This was such a sad happening because we simply don’t have enough creativity in film these days, and a rebirth of the silent film genre would hopefully spark some newfound imagination in filmmakers. While it has become almost cool to ‘poo-poo’ all over ‘The Artist’ as being shamelessly gimmicky and Academy pandering, I still love the film. No, it doesn’t make my top ten of 2011, but I still really enjoyed it and while it has some pretty lazy screenwriting, it has loads of charm and flash and made me smile ear to ear with each viewing.

Dismissing ‘Blancanieves’ simply because you are fearing or expecting ‘The Artist’ redux is a shame, because this film is FAR different in tone and construction and manages to not just be a very good film, it is a BETTER film for many reasons.

‘Blancanieves’ attempts to put yet another twist on the ‘Snow White’ story. Yes, 2012 was stupid with ‘Snow White’ remakes, and while the two US releases (‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) may have soured you to the idea of a modern cinematic take on the fable, I encourage you to forget your quibbles and just give Pablo Berger’s inspired take a try. Yes, it is in black and white. Yes, it is silent. Yes, it is foreign.

Who cares!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Despite its warm critical reception in its native country of Spain, I still wasn't overly excited to check out Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves." I'm not sure why exactly. An updating of Snow White done as a silent film set in the world of bullfighting: perhaps it seemed a bit too high concept, a little too precious for its own good. But knowing that the movie had won the 2013 Goya Award for Best Film (Spain's equivalent of the Academy Award) and was selected as their official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, I felt compelled to check it out. Boy, am I glad that I didn't listen to myself! From the opening scenes, I was captivated by this dark and lovely tale. Somehow it manages to be true to the essence of the Grimm fairy tale on which it was based while serving as an eloquent homage to a movie era gone by. In equal measures, the experience is lush and romantic, dark and scary, and fantastical and whimsical. With minimal dialogue (on classic silent movie screen cards), Berger deftly balances these disparate tones and has created something that seems wholly unique. Despite my initial reluctance to commit, I was utterly charmed by this piece.

The tale starts on a very dark day. A famous bullfighter (Daniel Giménez Cacho) faces a terrible ordeal in the ring which causes his pregnant wife to go into labor. When all is said and done, the bullfighter is paralyzed and the young mother has lost her life. Little Carmen (Sofía Oria) still struggles to have a normal childhood with her grandmother, but her existence will forever be altered when she is forced to move in with her ailing dad and his sadistic new bride (a terrific Maribel Verdú, a long way from her "Y tu mamá también" days).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever retelling of classic tale April 6, 2013
Format:DVD
There is an implicit understanding between author/auteur and his audience. For example, Edgar Allen Poe will give you all sorts of dreadful things, but he does it in an imaginative manner and makes you think. Fairy tales present us with terrible images (kids being baked in ovens, women being swallowed) but promise us happy endings after all is said and done. So when you have a re-telling of the Snow White story, we expect there to be some savage images, but in the end our long suffering princess will eventually triumph, get the prince, and live, as they say, happily ever after.

If you're one of those people who thirst for the happy ending, stop here. This original and imaginative version of the Snow White tale gives us many things, but it doesn't provide that happy ending we've come to expect, and that may turn off many viewers.

OK. If you can put aside the breach of the covenant between author/audience, then this film is certainly worth watching. Its finest charm is that the film is silent, apart from the music and occasional sound effects. Kudos go to Maribel Verdu as the wicked stepmother, Daniel Gimenez Cacho as the bull-fighting father, Angela Molina as the grandmother, and little Sofia Oria as the young Snow White. Their ability to show emotion without words is excellent.

Most of them will not be well known to US audiences. They are primarily Spanish actors. Maribel Verdu played Mercedes in "Pam's Labrynth" (2006) and Daniel Cacho was in "Get the Gringo" (2012). This is the first film for little Sofia Oria.

Dare I say that the quality of this silent film surpasses the much touted "The Artist" (2011) which was a major award winner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Proving yet again that dialog is optional to engaging cinema, Señora Verdú is a marvel of facial and bodily expression.
Enjoy!
Published 3 months ago by rll
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Hollywood Ending!
This film won 10 Goyas, the Spanish Oscar, last year and deservedly so. It is film-making at its best; visually stunning and no special effects. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Skip
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It's a silent movie. Oh, there's music, if you want it...but it's silent. You won't miss a thing. It's also black and white, and may I say, very artistically done. Death... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully idiosyncratic and modern silent film
It has been said the greatest tragedy of silent film is that its era was too brief. It seems Hollywood belatedly agreed with this assessment when they named The Artist (2011, dir. Read more
Published 7 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
5.0 out of 5 stars A different adaptation of the famed fairy tale.
NOT FOR CHILDREN. This is for adults. It has violence and sexual scenes. If you want something cutesy, get the Disney animated feature. Read more
Published 7 months ago by KinoChelovek
5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful silent movie I've ever seen.
WOW. If you're a movie buff like I am, this film is an absolute "must-see." An interesting takeoff on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale,
it instantly weaves a sense of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow White in the 1920s, Andalucía
You may not know this Goya-winning Spanish film, but you do know the story. “Blancanieves” is the Snow White fairy tale by a Bilbao-born director Pablo Berger who has a very unique... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i love this film .it was fresh and different . i enjoy every thing about this film . every single friend i know love it .
Published 9 months ago by Maria A. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars A new standard fir Cinematography
Wonderfully imaginative take on a classic story. Visually stunning! Not a cookie cutter movie. This is like the indie films that made you fall in love with the movies. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tom Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
As a lover of silent films, this did not disappoint. It was chock full of wonderful acting, great music, and lovely cinematography.
Published 9 months ago by M. Shaw
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