Chico & Rita Collector's Edition (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD Soundtrack Combo)
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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.
- Making of featurette
- Audio commentary with acclaimed director Fernando Trueba
- The U.S. Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Chico & Rita fall for each other, and most viewers will fall in love with the two of them, plus several of the other characters, especially Chico's sidekick Ramon. When they are playing their music and moving to the beat, the effect is joyful. There is quite a lot of great music in Chico & Rita from a variety of jazz giants of the era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Woody Herman. For jazz fans, this might easily be the best movie soundtrack in years.
The animation is a joy to behold. Although the characters are fairly simply drawn, there is often a gorgeous amount of detail in the background, right down to the era- and location-appropriate advertising signs on buildings. As I think back to the street scenes in Havana, I almost recall them as real-life pictures rather than drawings. Several times there is a 3-D effect as the perspective changes and the scenery adjusts appropriately, as though a camera were moving through space. The animation does not imitate any other studio's style, and it truly is a work of art.
But it is ultimately the storyline that gives Chico & Rita its strongest emotional pull.Read more ›
The reason why I gave it 4 stars is because it works perfectly in the medium of novelization or companion but if you are looking for the solid story, it is better to see the film for many aspects of feelings (especially the music) are executed better in the film.
Like I said, if you were a fan of the movie, the art, and the story this is for you. I highly suggest to buy the CD as well so you can fully immerse yourself in the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sexiest animation ever made- and all about my homeland of Cuba- fabulous!!! I have the movie , the book - everything . Not to be missedPublished 21 days ago by Nelyg
My all-time favorite animation. I find the art alone worth watching, the music almost as worthwhile, and the story charming.Published 13 months ago by Nina Bouska
Extraordinay history and Latin music. Graphis animations are an Art work.Published 14 months ago by A. M. Villarreal
Great movie. In a day when collections are unnecessary-this one is a must.Published 18 months ago by B. Lavigne
One of my favorite films of all time. Love the animation, story, and incredible Cuban and Jazz music.Published 18 months ago by Nigel Bellis