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Chico & Rita Collector's Edition (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD Soundtrack Combo) (2012)

Limara Meneses , Eman Xor Ona , Tono Errando , Javier Mariscal  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Ona, Mario Guerra, Jon Adams, Renny Arozarena
  • Directors: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Gkids
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D42I8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) and Spain's legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdes, CHICO & RITA captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo and others.

This limited-edition Collector's set includes the full-length Latin Grammy®-winning soundtrack and a hand-picked, 16-page excerpt from The New York Times bestselling graphic novel based on the film. The soundtrack features songs written and performed by Bebo Valdes, as well as the music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.

Special Features

  • Making of featurette
  • Audio commentary with acclaimed director Fernando Trueba
  • The U.S. Trailer

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ups and downs of love: In memory of Chano Pozo vaya! September 4, 2011
Format:DVD
Chico and Rita is the third Latin movie throughout the last two decades(after Buena Vista Social Club and Estudio 54), inspired on Latin music, but unlike the previous ones it's much more ambitious about its proposal.

Fernando Trueba made an amazing journey through some unforgettable moments and first-rate figures of jazz to tell us a love story that looks like a tragic bolero sprayed with this bitter ending cadence ruptruras, troubles and nostalgia.

Both are from humble origin, but each of them bursts on stage and shine like a star for its own account. And despite the conflicts come and go the love never does.

A memorable tribute to Chano Pozo, Gillespie, Parker, Casablanca, Boggie, Tito Puente, Miguel Valdez and Tito Rodriguez, among other ones. Interesting artistic proposal and refreshing gaze to the Latin Universe.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Havana, Cuba in 1946 with warm colors and hot music February 26, 2012
By BMoore
Format:DVD
I love good animation, I love great music, and I love a good movie.

Three for three on "Chico and Rita". Two Afro-Cuban musicians who meet in classic "cute" movie fashion and then have an on-again, off-again, love affair in various locales (Havana, NYC, Las Vegas, etc.), and always, there is wonderful music (mostly jazz and Latin jazz) in the forefront or the background.

Let me pull on your coat about something here - the guy who plays the original piano pieces for this film is 93 years old. He's also playing the piano and conducting the Havana ballroom orchestra present in parts of the soundtrack, albeit when he was much, much younger as those recordings were made in the 40's and 50's. His name is Bebo Valdes, and he is as old-school as it gets at 93, but, man, that cat can still play.

I've ordered this film in advance as I know I will want to watch it at least a few times, and therefore I have no hesitation in recommending that you watch it at least once. Even if you don't particularly like jazz or animation, it stands on it's own as a great little movie.

Just a heads-up though - there are some adult moments and some animated nudity in the film, so bear that in mind if you're considering watching it and you've got children around the place.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Watching this nostalgic love letter to Cuba, jazz, and enduring passion unfold, I was struck by how little the medium of animation is used to tell serious adult stories. "Chico & Rita," therefore, benefits greatly from this straightforward and unorthodox approach. Had the exact same screenplay been filmed with live actors, I think the tale might have been equally compelling. But there is something about the simplicity and beauty of the hand drawn passages that really evokes an artistic vibe. And as the movie is an homage to an era, a culture, and an art form, it's fascinating to see this world come alive as if from thin air. "Chico & Rita" was Oscar nominated as Best Animated Feature in 2012, and it is truly a must-see for lovers of quality adult entertainment. A visual treat with its earthy pallette, the movie also boasts an impressively colorful soundtrack that recalls the jazz age in vibrant detail. Lushly romantic, I think those that adore "Chico & Rita" will be rapturous in their praise. But it isn't necessarily a movie for everyone as it unravels as much from mood as from the actual story.

The actual plot spans many decades from the streets of Cuba, to the clubs of New York, to the movie sets of Hollywood, to the seedy motels of Las Vegas. Seriously, I had no idea that the movie would have such a grand scope or such a broad narrative. An elderly Chico, a former piano man, hears one of his songs on the radio and it causes him to reflect on a long and tumultuous relationship with his true love Rita. Rita, a sultry singer, worked with Chico before setting upon a life of fame and glamour--but their two paths were constantly intertwined. Although madly in love, the two never seem to connect in any meaningful way for an extended period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful on so many levels March 8, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I rarely watch animations and almost never review movies. This one is so exceptional that I feel compelled to gush a little so forgive me in advance.

First, this movie weaves in factual events with a great storyline. For example, the circumstances leading to Chano Pozzo's actual death are portrayed, as is the overall allure to many Cuban musicians of what musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and their New York peers were creating. In real life Dizzy did as much as any major jazz musician in NY to include the Afro-Cuban rhythms into bebop and beyond.

The music itself is a character in this movie. What a feast! It inspired me to start listening to pure Cuban music by some of the pioneers cited in the movie. Consequently, I have fallen in love with musicians to whom I would have never paid attention like Machito (a good starting point is Ritmo Caliente), Cachao (start with Master Session 1) and a plethora of others who pioneered this music.

Of course the animation - simply beautiful - and the storyline that is gritty, musical and touching are reasons enough to watch this movie. Like the music, both Havana and New York City are also characters in this movie. The scenes are period-correct and the colors are also consistent with the era. It's uncanny how well the essences of both cities are captured and personified.

Do be aware that some scenes are explicit, making this an adult movie in every sense of the word. It's also a love story. And a musical.

If you love music, and especially Afro-Cuban influenced jazz that came out of the late 1940s/early 1950s, you will love this movie. Heck, if you are a sucker for a great love story you'll also love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my effort
Saw the movie with English language sound track:That's what I wanted to purchase. I got Spanish language with subtitles. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Neil S Chapin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great feature makes a great movie night selection.
An entertaining feature, highly enjoyable and informative, demonstrates the Cuban origins from where great latin music comes from. Read more
Published 1 month ago by carlos medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this movie
I first got this movie for my 92 year old mother who was from Cuba. It was able to bring her back really good memories before she died. I later decided to buy a copy for myself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cubanita_QT
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous movie!!
Wonderful music and an historically accurate plot as regards the development of Latin Jazz. There are portrayals of Chano Pozo, Bird and Diz and even the Alvin Hotel appears in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL
GREAT Movie for a collector of Great movies and GREAT Music. Something worth watching with others followed by a group discussion.
Published 2 months ago by Louis RII
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
An Oscar nominee, Chico y Rita is a wonderful Spanish language animated film for grown-ups. It is a great story and full of wonderful period music. I love this film..
Published 3 months ago by Gary Earl Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars What a delicious treat
I have watched it several times and everytime is a delicious treat. I invite my friends just to spend a magical musical night. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fernando Martelo
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL. BEAUTIFUL!!
Really beautifully done and scored. Great story that pulls you in from the first moment and holds you till the last.
Published 4 months ago by Victoria Cantave
5.0 out of 5 stars RECOMENDADA
EXCELENTE PELICULA, LA MUSICA Y LOS DIBUJOS ANIMADOS SON DE OTRO MUNDO. SUPER RECOMENDADA, PARA COLECCIONISTAS DEL BUEN CINE Y LA BUENA MUSICA.
Published 4 months ago by Pedro M Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Una historia entretenida y una musica exquisita!
Esta pelicula me gustó mucho. Lo que más disfruté fue la música. Una historia muy creible y las vivencias cubanas me parecieron bien retratadas.
Published 5 months ago by John M Torres
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