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Kiss of the Spider Woman (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

William Hurt , Raul Julia , Hector Babenco  |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy
  • Directors: Hector Babenco
  • Writers: Leonard Schrader
  • Producers: David Weisman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Studio: City Lights Pictures, Independent Cinema Restoration Archive
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AMNBU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Kiss of the Spider Woman (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
This groundbreaking film (the first independent ever to receive the top four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Hector Babenco), adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Leonard Schrader from Manuel Puig's novel set in a non-specific Latin American country, takes a penetrating look at the role of sex and politics under an oppressive right-wing regime. The timeless story, more relevant today than ever, follows the complex relationship between two distinctly different men with opposite views about life - building with powerful emotional crescendo as they gradually come together in a stunningly transcendental conclusion. Hurt delivers his Oscar-winning performance in this captivating tribute to the power of film and fantasy as escape from inhumane conditions.
Run time: 121 minutes

Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman
A strange odyssey from novel to film is chronicled in Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman. Creative team Manuel Puig, William Hurt, Hector Babenco, David Weisman, Leonard Schrader, and Raul Julia confess the daunting challenge and profound satisfaction of creating this watershed film - which almost never made it to the big screen. Burt Lancaster's mysterious obsession, director Babenco's epic struggle with author Puig, the birth of today's independent cinema - all play parts in the startling saga of this timeless gem. Filmmaker David Weisman's Tangled Web captures the many unique and emotional moments that serendipitously turned this courageous movie into a masterpiece.
Run time: 109 minutes

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine, Thoughtful Movie November 15, 2002
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I remember liking this movie when it came out in 1985 but I had forgotten just how good this movie really is. William Hurt certainly deserved the Oscar he won for his portrayal of Molina, an effeminate sex offender-- he is always in character-- on the other hand, Raul Julia is wonderful as a political prisoner too. This film makes a thoughtful statement about both friendship and what being a man is really all about as well.
I can't remember when I have seen such a realistic film. You can almost smell and taste the awful prison food that these two men eat, for instance. The sex between the two men is handled with great delicacy. This is a really fine movie that troubled me long after I saw it again.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "classic" in every sense of the word! January 22, 2002
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City Lights Home Entertainment Secures North American Distribution Rights to Academy Award(R)-Winning Indie Classic ''Kiss of the Spider Woman''
Friday May 9, 4:15 pm ET
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray for the First Time
Special Collector's Edition Video Package will include never-before-seen footage and a full-length documentary: Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--City Lights Home Entertainment has acquired DVD, digital and television distribution rights to Academy Award®-Winning Indie Classic Kiss of the Spider Woman. The feature film starring William Hurt, Raul Julia, and Sonia Braga, along with a surprising and never-before-seen feature length documentary "Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman", will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally for the first time in North America at a future date to be announced.
"Kiss Of The Spider Woman", although an emotionally draining film, is a true classic. Right from the first scene, you feel the frustration of Valentin and Molina, both outcasts of society, yet for very different reasons. The acting is nothing short of extraordinary. William Hurt as the lonely homosexual, Molina, the late Raul Julia as the stern, but deeply caring political prisoner, Valentin, and Sonia Braga [who takes on three different roles, including the title role, and plays them all brilliantly], are what make this film so great. Although Hurt deservingly won the Oscar for Best Actor, the same consideration should have been given to Julia and Braga for their contribution, as they were both nothing short of incredible. Why this great film is not out on DVD is a mystery in itself. If you've seen it, see it again....if you haven't, I highly recommend you do.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving and poignant story June 26, 2008
Based on the classic play this film tells the story of friendship, fantasy, love, loss, and betrayl. Set in a foreign prison. Two individuals--a gay man (William Hurt) and str8 man (Raul Julia)form a bond that opens the world of the mind and fantasy to escape the physical realm of their prison walls. Sadly this bond is just a facade to illicit government espionage and secrets.

This film was surely a head of it's time. Some might compare this to a "Brokeback Mountain" style of film. If you are squemish about a film dealing with homosexual aspects this film is perhaps not for you. Even though the film and the story is more mulit-layerd with drama and subtext to be labeled a "gay" film.

The acting performances are incredibly powerful and heart wrenching. Sadly, Raul Julia is no longer alive, but this is a fantastic example of his dramatic ability, when so many are familiar on a larger scale of viewer with his performance as Mr. Addams in ADDAMS FAMILY and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES. William Hurt does not portray a "typical" gay man for laughs or mocking purposes or explotation. His performances goes much deeper than that.

This film explores how we all can be manipulated by kindness and love when are at our most low and vulnerable place in our life. We all have a choice to merciful and kind, or deceptive to reach our own means. Which eventually backfire on us in eventual time.

I highly suggest reading the play before seeing this film. It might help in understanding.

This is an Oscar winning film and very much so.

Buy it and await the visit and fatal KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. Will be one to enter this web of complex dimensions. Devout film lovers take note, this should be on your list.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars talk about overlooked! May 12, 2001
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Why is this film not on video or DVD? Think back to 1985. This was one of the biggest films of the year. Did you ever read a bad review of it?
William Hurt won Best Actor at the Oscars, BAFTA and Cannes for this film! It was nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation!
Come on FOX, get your act together and release it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic film making December 8, 2003
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well, i must say after seeing this movie several times, i am still in awe. the intertwining stories of both { the great raul julia, such a loss} and the wonderful hurt, truly puts you right into the journey each character endures. i read of the intense work mr hurt did to prepare for the role, and it shows brilliantly. showing through very difficult conditions, two totally opposite life spectrum's learning and understanding can be met. though not conceding completely they both walk away thoroughly different and changed people. the reality and fantasy were incredibly executed here, and even those of us who relish the idea of figuring it out will be tested. well deserving of the oscars and all awards nominated and won. i love a good story and especially when you walk away learning life long understanding, which is not allways acheived in the movie business. A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 25 days ago by Roxanne Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent edition of a classic
I write about the Two-Disc 25th Anniversary Edition of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. It has been profoundly moving seeing the film again, after nearly 30 years of its release. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. de Aquino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Has become a Cult Classic!!
William Hurt won an Academy Award for his portrayal of an effeminate gay guy.
All the actors were good in this movie! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching LGBTQ!
I used this film to teach LGBTQ history and rights in Latin America for a college course on culture and literature. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. L. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting!
This is a classic, loved it. Would watch it many times. Well deserved oscars for these actors. I highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable movie....
I saw this movie when it first came out and truly enjoyed it. A couple of years later while visiting Barcelona, Spain the play was playing in a local theater and saw it again... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Monikin East
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
a sleeper
Published 5 months ago by Gary S.
4.0 out of 5 stars better than i remembered it!
I enjoyed it very much. William Hurt was absolutely amazing. A great film. It's sad that Raul Julia is no longer with us.
Published 6 months ago by Paula Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surrealistic Film About Politics and Homosexuality with Outstanding...
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" is not your typical film. Similar to the novel of the same name which was banned in Buenos Aires for many years, "Spider Woman" is a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by classicalsteve
3.0 out of 5 stars William Hurt and Raul Julia Give Outstanding Performance in a Dull...
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12/13: As much as I like him as an actor, William Hurt's performance is a shining paragon why it's too easy for anyone playing the role of a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
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I had no problem playing mine on my PS3. Sorry, and I hope you fix whatever it could be :)
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