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  • Actors: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Manifesto
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042FVQG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I love Almodovar, and I feel that that will never chance.
Cabas
If you buy this product and open it you will be in the same stuation I am now.
Juan C Aleman
This is one of my favorite Pedro Almodovar films of all time.
A. Dickinson

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Bueno on April 11, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Once I heard that Lionsgate was going to be releasing this modern classic, I was elated. I've been a huge fan of the manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVDs from Warner Archive, Sony and MGM, wherein we finally get oft-requested movies that might not have huge sales in the long run. The MOD releases have usually been remastered for HD or, at least, were transferred in a 16:9 widescreen format for optimum quality. NOT SO WITH THIS RELEASE!

It appears that, while Lionsgate has the rights from Miramax, the only version of the film they have is NOT a 16:9 image. The picture quality appears taken from the VHS mastering done well over ten years ago. The colors bleed and the the image is letterboxed in a 4:3 format, so there goes AV quality out the window.

Honestly I was excited for this purchase, since it's one of the last Almodovar movies not available in the US, but this is hardly worth the $19.98 retail price, considering it's lack of quality.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By abel tapia on November 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Although it's not a materpiece, a bit slow in some parts, every Almodovar film is always a gift for the senses, and Tacones Lejanos "High Heels" is not the exception. Exceptional acting performances by Victoria Abril and Marisa Paredes, amazing cinematography, marvelous songs by Luz Casal ("Un año de Amor" and the heartbreaking "Piensa En Mi"), funny impersonators secenes (Miguel Bose aka Letal), and a must-seen for all the fans of the House Of Chanel with big exposure of clothes, jewelry, bags, glasses (eraly 90s collections). At last, i recommend this film for just having a big time with this funny Almodovar.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Juan C Aleman on March 20, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am very disappointed with this product, with Amazon and with Lionsgate. On the site, this product shows on top, under the name of the movie and by the Director's name Format: DVD instead of Format: DVD-R as it should be. In the Product's Details it doesn't show that is a DVD-R either. Just on the very bottom under Editorial Reviews a little line and another little DVD-R Note, both almost unnoticeable, that say that it is a DVD-R. I researched and like in the case of the movie "Amphetamine"; it shows on top, under the name of the movie and by the director's name Format: DVD-R What's this? Besides being a DVD-R, the quality is poor and it isn't a widescreen version. When I play it, it looks on the screen exactly the same like my VHS version of the movie plays, with a wide black frame around and the small picture on the center that is barely 75% of my TV screen. The screen format info isn't listed in the Product Details either. Besides all I mentioned above, the disc is also terribly scratched, as if it was a very used former rental. When I buy from independent sellers I always go reading the reviews before I buy. Buying from Amazon a "NEW" Lionsgate Studio product and being an Almodovar's movie, I couldn't imagine that something could go wrong. Trusting Amazon I just looked at the information on top and the Product Details. Now I feel very angry and disappointed with the purchase, I feel like I have been swindled. I paid $19.98 for a POOR quality and also scratched DVD-R when my VHS version plays the same or maybe better. Lionsgate Studio should definitely replace our product with a good quality one and remove from the market this POOR quality DVD-R.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tyler J. Donahue on May 14, 2012
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Well first I'll start with the movie. I've gotta say this isn't may favorite Almodóvar, but that does not mean this is a bad movie. Quite the opposite, it's really fun. While it doesn't have the depth of Todo sobre mi madre or the outrageous comedy of Mujeres al borde..., this is a stylish little movie that is hard to classify. There are great performances from the leads, especially the Almodóvar stars Marisa Paredes and Victoria Abril. The master has touched upon some of his usual themes as well as themes from other films such as Autumn Sonata. While it may not rank among the best Almodóvar, it certainly is a fun movie. He made this one during a period of transition (along with ¡Átame!, Kika and La flor de mi secreto)in which the movies fell somewhere in between comedy and drama. If you've enjoyed the earlier or later films, give this one a chance.
As for the disc itself, it's not nearly as bad as one reviewer has mentioned. True, it's not high def. It may not even be in the correct aspect ratio (which it really should in 2012), but it's far from VHS quality. The film is presented in widescreen and looks far better than previous home video releases. This release from Lionsgate truly is a no-frills release, though. As mentioned on this page, the DVD is "On Demand" and is actually burned on a DVD-R. The case is blue with a simple summary on the back. The disc itself is just a plain grey DVR with a simple type on the front. $20.00 may seem a little steep for such a release, but this is the first time Tacones lejanos has been released on disc in Region 1. I snatched it up as soon as it was available. Despite any downfalls with the movie and/or release, I was very happy to finally have this on disc. Almodóvar fans, buy with confidence.
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