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Evita (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1996)

Madonna , Antonio Banderas , Alan Parker , Darius Khondji  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus
  • Directors: Alan Parker, Darius Khondji
  • Writers: Alan Parker, Tim Rice, Oliver Stone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1TFK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Evita (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

• The Making of Evita
• Teaser trailer
• Music video by Madonna "You Must Love Me"

Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary (1996 - 2011) of an inspirational classic with a spectacular new release in Blu-ray High Definition! Join two of the world's greatest and most enduring superstars, Madonna and Antonio Banderas, in the epic musical event that is EVITA. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alan Parker, EVITA is the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion changed a nation forever. Garnering an Academy Award(R) for Best Song (1996, "You Must Love Me," by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber) and 3 Gold Globe Awards (Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Song) -- critics across the world hailed EVITA as an indelible masterpiece. Now, with a new state-of-the-art digital restoration, you can experience every scene and unforgettable song like never before!

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148 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie... November 10, 2004
Format:DVD
I just purchased this DVD and I remembered instantly why I enjoyed this film so much when it came out. I would just like to answer some of the critiques listed here.

1) The character of Ché was always meant to be a nemesis to Evita, but not the real character as such . In the stage production that I saw, it was a man with the typical beret and machine gun singing to the side of the action. It would have been ridiculous and historically inaccurate to portray Ché as such in the movie version. Ché Guevara was still a medical student when Eva died. I think it is very effective to blend Ché into various characters because it represents the silent and not so silent opposition to the Perón Revolution. The only time the two characters meet for real interaction is when Evita is having delusions. The song argued in that moment perfectly clashes Ché's "idealism" with Evita's "realism." Ché is always there in some form, yet Evita is oblivious to his presence, brushes him off with a quick lyric or purposely chooses to ignore him. This adds a metaphysical dimension to the plot as if Evita were increasingly self-justifying her growing power as a simple tool to help the impoverished.

2) The soundtrack to the movie is not an operatic stage version but the songs are presented using the operatic techniques of repetition. This was done on purpose, not due to a lack of creativity.

3) When I saw this off off broadway, the people that were with me were straining to understand the singing beside the fact that they had no idea about the history of post WWII Argentina. I don't think they enjoyed it as much as they wanted to let on.

4) Madonna sings very well and is completely understood.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
By bilahn
Format:VHS Tape
Boy do people miss the point on this movie. You can't present a movie like a broadway show. Everytime this has been attemped, historically, the results are bad, most adaptions of famous shows are only OK at best, some are awful. The medium is totally different, the demands are different, the singing is different, the acting style is different. Yes, the shows usually are "better", in a sense, that's how it was originally written, as a stage play. You have got to really change things to make a successful movie.
So how good an ADAPTION is this? Very good indeed. The story was changed to very effectively fit the medium. Madonna stretched herself unbelievably to do this role, and I think she did very well. You may quite validly prefer the stage version of Evita (I like both), but its almost like apples and oranges. As good as Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin were, they would, if they played it the same way anyway, come off mannered and absurd in a movie context. All the conventions of the stage would be laughable. (unless it was simply, of course, an actual filmed stage production). On the other hand, Madonna and Banderas are not nearly strong and polished enough for a stage. Most of the changes (a few I don't understand), make a lot of sense, when you consider how a movie has to flow.
As for this movie not being deep or historical, its a musical for Pete's sake, not "Saving Private Ryan." I don't know enough about Eva Peron to really say, but I don't see how you could present a real historical drama in a musical context. I think the problem is people don't like or understand opera, which this essentially is. Most of the great operas have ludicrous story lines!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars certainties disappear April 9, 2006
Format:DVD
Worth noting that Evita is wall-to-wall music with virtually no spoken lines: not an opera so much as an extended music video, so the pop-music motifs need not be an anachronism.

I'm not a fan of Madonna, I find Andrew Lloyd Webber's music a bit obvious .. and yet -- and yet. Here everything seems to come together. It's a visually gorgeous film, the added songs (The Lady's Got Potential, You Must Love Me) are strong enhancements. The Che character's change from Che Guevara in the stage version to an Argentine Everyman here (desk clerk, bartender, cabinet minister, union activist) is an improvement over the stage musical and Antonio Banderas is a smoldering presence who carries the movie. Jimmy Nail is perfect as the oily tango singer; Jonathan Pryce capable in an equally slick role as the would-be, but hesitant, dictator. The montage songs are splendid, like Goodnight and Thank You, that bucket-brigade sequence of Eva's lovers that she uses (and the film uses) to get her from the street to the Casa Rosada, or like A New Argentina, in which Eva takes Juan from jail to the presidency. The faux-English country house lawn where Eva faces down upper-class disdain (Peron's Latest Flame, The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines You Like to Hear) is another brilliant staging. It all rings true, visually.

I've had others tell me the lyrics seemed shallow. "Don't cry for me, Argentina, and don't forget to get milk and bread at the store ... " Well, yes. That's the point. She didn't say much more than that. Banality often suffices in public life; politics are shtick in a media age; actors can leverage elections. The lady couldn't act but she could, as others have said, seduce a nation. She won't be the last actor to do so.

Recommend owning the DVD for the cinematic values at the very least. It's a dark vision of public affairs but the times probably affirm it. And it was the best role of Eva's lifetime. And Madonna's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my favorite movies
Published 3 days ago by Sandra Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Resplendent
Awesome! Resplendent! Exquisite! Entertaining! Its all about how a government should behave and LOVE the citizens! Read more
Published 5 days ago by S.M.Ishtiak Murtaza
4.0 out of 5 stars ... fan but I have to say she did a good job in this movie
Not a huge Madonna fan but I have to say she did a good job in this movie. Antonio was sexy as usual and the songs were great.
Published 6 days ago by patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! A lot of about Argentinian history
Great movie! A lot of about Argentinian history.
Published 6 days ago by C. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film. Even if you hate Madonna as an ...
Wonderful film. Even if you hate Madonna as an actress, just think of it as a two hour music video.
Published 8 days ago by William L. Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great actors and beautiful music
My husband and I watched this movie and we were very surprise. Great story, great actors and beautiful music.
Published 23 days ago by Agnieszka
3.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Musical Story
This movie is a musical with all the dialogue sung to soaring classical near-operatic flights of vocal expression. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than you've heard.
Not a bad film. Good performances, but Lloyd-Webber will never equal Sondheim!
Published 25 days ago by JHB-4
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best Evita I have seen or heard. Excellent scenery and acting! Highly recommend!
Published 25 days ago by Robert O. Mccarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie if you like musicals
Great movie if you like musicals. I actually bought this as a gift for my dad. A belated birthday present. It came in the day after he died and started the tears all over again.
Published 29 days ago by Elizabeth I Ellenwood
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