Buy used:
$12.15
FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Used: Good | Details
Sold by CWJBOOKS
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ex-library dvd . all the usual library marks and stickers. May have some minor scratches that do not affect playability. light wear to case
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Matador (1986)
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Matador (1986)


Available from these sellers.
5 new from $29.95 7 used from $8.15
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
Widescreen Version
$29.95 $8.15


Product Details

  • Actors: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martínez, Eva Cobo, Julieta Serrano
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Jesús Ferrero
  • Producers: Andrés Vicente Gómez
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    PLEASE NOTE:
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M2T1TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Matador (1986)" on IMDb

Special Features

None.

Editorial Reviews

In Pedro Almodóvar's Matador,lust, obsession, murder and Catholic guilt all play a part in a story set against the violent world of bullfighting. Featuring Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro) in one of his first roles, MATADOR is "a voluptuous mixture of black humor and subterranean sexuality." (Charles Taylor, Salon.com)

Customer Reviews

No other explanation, after all, would fit their too narrow conception of manhood.
Stanley H. Nemeth
To me it is why "Matador" in all it's perversity and darkness, turns out to be an unforgettable and beautiful film.
yygsgsdrassil
This was the first Almodovar film I'd ever seen, and it's made me a lifelong fan of his.
Eduardo Abdullah Nagasaki

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on November 22, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
...."Matador" goes places that the typical Hollywood fare will never go.
Let's see "Matador" in DVD. Let's see if I could titulate you with my interpretation of the story.
Diego is a matador unable to get back into the ring after having been impaled by a bull. He, therefore, is reduced to teaching the arts of bullfighting to younger folks...including a fan, Angel, (Banderas) who is a little twisted. See, he can't stand the sight of blood...like what's produced from a successful bullfight.... His Ma may have ruined him for life and he has these intense visions/dreams of reported murders thru-out the city. He figures he must be the murderer. But he is not. Still, he confesses and turns himself in. His story line is one of several here...
Meanwhile, we find out that the lawyer assigned to Angel, Maria, (Serna) has a penchant for death and eros....she is like what you'd imagine a black widow would be. And, in the height of passion, the stickpen.
But see, Diego also is a little twisted. "To stop killing is to stop living", he says, and he has his own passion and murder psychosis going. As with Maria, Diego searches out for the ultimate sensual experience and he goes through young women as if he's objectified them like he has bulls during a bullfight....but...!
Maria meets Diego. And it is like they have been there before and they realise what each has done and it just is as it is and what must be done must be done...it's like Peck and Jones in that "Duel in the Sun" moovy they end up both being hypnotised by.
And the ultimate love, the ultimate sensuality, is the unquestioning willingness to die for another. To me it is why "Matador" in all it's perversity and darkness, turns out to be an unforgettable and beautiful film.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian R Yandle on June 28, 2011
Format: DVD
This may very well be one of the most brilliant, if not unsettling Almodovar films I've ever seen. Here we have Almodovar's statement or tribute to guilt, sex, & death which may prove to be very gratifying to those who appreciate very dark comedy. Others may quickly find themselves literally out of their element when watching this bizarre masterpiece.

Note: Newcomers to Almodovar's work may want to try something a bit more tame such as Volver, All About My Mother, or Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown unless you are a complete cinema daredevil. If that be the case, have at it! Come join the party!

Where do we begin? There are scenes are bloody bullfights, attempted rape, & serial killings laced with wicked humor sporadically throughout the entire film. In fact, the opening scene of the film is quite a shocker which depicts either a snuff film or an extreme horror film that may put off potential viewers. Sounds interesting, right?

Matador basically involves two serial killers in completely different occupations who essentially kill just for the fun of it. In the midst of this craziness, we have a young man who secretly desires to be a bullfighter but strangely faints at the site of blood. Trust me, things get even zanier when the two serial killers meet atlast & the ending is anything but what you'd expect.

Again, not a film for everyone but it's definitely one of the lesser known Almodovar films worth checking out.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 23, 2010
Format: DVD
Almodovar meets DePalma in this dark thriller with less `jokes' than most of his films, though black humor pervades the whole thing. All the characters are obsessed with death; a murderess who kills during sex, a teacher of matadors who lives to kill, and masturbates to snuff films, and a student who wishes he could kill but faints at the sight of blood. Some of the twists are silly, obvious and/or cop-outs, and the characters never feel `real', but there are some great, operatic disturbing and funny moments as well. Sort of a thinking person's, surrealist `Fatal Attraction'. Some of it is clunky, but the film sticks with me. Very good performances all around. Most major critics I respect liked it even more than me, and I'll probably re-visit it down the line. It seems like the kind of film that could easily grow on a second viewing -- its flaws more forgivable, its strengths more powerful.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Bird on February 21, 2011
Format: DVD
I had thought that Almodovar's first film was "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", but "Matador" was made 2 years previously and it is my impression that it is Almodovar's first mainstream film. "Matador" could be labeled a dark or black comedy, but it is also a study of sex, danger and death--something, as one of the characters relates, that everyone has in common. And the bullfighting context and images enhance the main theme of the film. "Matador" could easily be labeled as "sick" or "disgusting" by the squeamish and/or morally superior. As usual, whenever sexuality is explored in European films, the subject of the perverse, as a natural component of sexuality, is handled more rationally than it is in -IE- the USA. For example (1) one of the characters uses scenes of women, being horrifically murdered in slasher films, as pornography; (2) at the beginning of the film, a young woman is sexually assaulted, and the attacker has a knife; however, the "rapist" (a very young Antonio Banderas) is so obviously confused--as well as tormented by his overly strict and pious mother--that he somehow can't be taken seriously. And the girl finds no need to report her attacker for "rape"--she even discusses the situation with her mother in front of the detective at the police station, which in this case adds to the hilarity; (3) most importantly, as is shown by the actions of two of the protagonist/antagonists in "Matador"--there are actually people in this world who are willing to die for sex. Risk being the ultimate turn on--IE bullfighting is an "extreme sport"--where risk equals reward. Some people choose to burn the candle at both ends--their lives may be shorter, but also more intense.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Topic From this Discussion
opening scene Be the first to reply
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions