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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 (392 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: 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 (392 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1TFK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,700 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

Few times in the history of Hollywood has a film been released with the scope and daring of Evita! Now, experience this landmark achievement as entertainment megastar Madonna -- in the role of a lifetime -- joins Antonio Banderas (Assassins, Desperado) for the year's most talked about motion picture event! Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning), 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! Winner of the coveted Academy Award (R) for Best Song (1996) and 3 Golden Globe Awards (Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Song) -- critics nationwide hailed Evita as a triumphant must-see masterpiece -- and so will you.

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138 of 141 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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58 of 62 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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26 of 28 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is one of my favorite musicals. Antonio Banderas & Madonna do a great job. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes musicals.
Published 1 day ago by SK Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars I will love it
I am so looking forward to watching this movie. I have wanted to see it ever since it came out but to date have never had the chance. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great music with amazing variation of styles masterfully orchestrated. The songs in themselves are worth it. Rice and Webber are incredible.
Published 5 days ago by Jerry Parkerson
3.0 out of 5 stars Delivery time
Product was not what I expected, no fault of Amazon, promotion of the product had to much overkill, disappointment with the purchase
Published 8 days ago by Raymond Keach
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, and delightful
Let me first preface this by saying that I am NOT a fan of Madonna, as an actress or as a singer. I have enjoyed Antonio Banderas as an actor and a as a singer in the few roles... Read more
Published 12 days ago by phoenixqueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
I have always felt that this musical was underappreciated. The story is historical, the characters are believable, and the songs are memorable.
Published 12 days ago by Cornelia Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy songs in Madonna's best movie
In light of the U.S. media's renewed interest in South America following the election of Pope Francis, film buffs may find it fun to revisit "Evita," the 1996 hit musical... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Transcendental Thomist
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING FILM VERSION
EVITA was great on stage when I saw it during its original London season. The story maybe more fiction than fact but the music and staging were unforgettable
Published 27 days ago by Peter Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie!
Madonna did a fabulous job in this movie. She may not have the most gorgeous voice, but for this movie she did t have to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Devine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites but historically innacurate
This is one of my all time favorite movies. Madonna's portrayal of Eva Peron is masterful and Antonio Banderes as Che is perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peramia
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