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Carmen [Blu-ray]

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Vanessa Vento, Angel Gil, Joaquin Mulero, and Jairo Rodriguez perform in this Antonio Gades/Carlos Saura Teatro Real production of the Bizet ballet.


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Teatro Real
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006CAXOAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scaramouche on March 31, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a beautiful movie, one of the best dance films of all time, and unarguably (except by cretinous blockheads) a classic. So why can't we in the U.S. and Canada have a Region 1 release on DVD? The money is burning in my pocket--just put it on the shelf and I'll be there to buy.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Prof Tom on March 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Earlier a reviewer wrote: "Good news to all. Carmen and the Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy are available on DVD (PAL) if you visit [...] Shipping is a bit expensive but each DVD only costs around 21 Euros." Careful, folks, the DVD PAL format

will not work on the DVD player most Americans have purchased.

Those folks will need the DVD NTSC format. And yes why hasn't an

American distributer converted this wonderful film to the NTSC

format? Such a shame this film is not available!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Greg Reyna on March 10, 2006
Format: DVD
I remember this movie from many moons ago, and have been looking for it ever since. Now here it is, but I can't watch it. Will someone please publish it in NTSC with English subtitles? Thank You Very Much. The music of this splendid film has stuck with me all these years!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce G. Murray on February 1, 2006
Format: DVD
I cannot understand people not appreciating this masterpiece. Carlos Saura is a master at this art form and you should sit back and absorb his and his dancers skill. People expecting to see the Opera will be disappointed however lovers of dance will see its beauty and haunting sequences that leave you wondering whether you are in the story or out. I loved the whole thing and have watched the other parts of the trilogy with equal enthusiasm and excitement. I cannot recomend this movie enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This has been something of an adventure for me amounting to almost a baptism of fire. Like many, I am very familiar with the story of Carmen as found in Bizet's well-known and popular opera and I thought that, as an introduction to an extended example of flamenco, this would be fairly straight-forward to follow. In addition, as the story is red-blooded to say the least, I thought it would be a natural partner for flamenco which I anticipated, would also be red-blooded.

In all of these expectations I was on the right lines. What I had not anticipated was the extraordinary degree to which this example of the flamenco art is able to extend the rawness of the emotional impact to an almost frightening degree.

Some background may be of help at this stage: Gades, as a young man, studied classical dance as well as all the Spanish popular dance idioms. This dual interest and skill enabled him, uniquely, to fuse together the two art forms of ballet and flamenco. He believed that flamenco must also be shorn of all extraneous distractions in order to bring the essence of the dance to light. At this early stage he was also providing the choreography for classical ballet such as Bolero, Carmen and El Amor Brujo for companies such as La Scala. From 1981 he formed the collaboration with Carlos Saura, the film director, which resulted in some of his flamenco-based creations being filmed. These films had an enormous effect on ballet companies around the world and Gades became very influential in this way while continuing as a ballet dancer in Giselle for example.

This production brings the 1983 Carmen to our screens in an amazingly effective performance. The music includes specially pre-recorded Bizet extracts played by the Suisse Romande orchestra with considerable brio.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Rains on October 4, 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of those backstage/onstage movies with parallel plots. It is easier to understand if you are already familiar with the plot and with flamenco dancing. If not, try the real opera in the superb Placido Domingo version. I think it is the best of the three Saura/Gades flamenco movies. Blood Wedding is a purer dance only performance, but the story is a bit short and El Amor Brujo very surreal. Christina Hoyos gives a magnificent performance, and her dancing in the tobacco factory fight scene takes flamenco to a high level as narrative dance. Sadly my VHS is over 20 years old and it has not been re-released in NTSC format.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The film was formatted for European players and not for the US. It did not say this on the listing. I would not have purchased it.
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We were privileged to see the original dance theatre production in Madrid with the same dance group and still think after 18-19 years that it is one of the highlighjts of all of our trips overseas. We then saw the film of the opera with Placido Domingo,in Nice, and later bought the videos of both productions. The Saura's Carmen has "done the rounds" and been most popular with all our friends and has become so faded,it was essential to buy the DVD so we can continue to re-enjoy many repeats in al its original splendour. To anyone interested in flamenco or dance generally I would recommend this portrayal. To others who like good drama and music, raw and passionate, buy it. You wont be disappointed
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