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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Blu-ray + DVD)

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An ex-mental patient in Spain finds his porno-star dream girl and ties her to her bed. Directed by Pedro Almodovar.

Product Details

  • Actors: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NC-17
    Adults Only
  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KE3B6LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Luis Hernandez on September 29, 2000
Format: DVD
Pedro Almodovar followed up the success of his international hit, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," with this wild, erotic comic fantasy starring his long-time leading man and soon-to-be Hollywood star, Antonio Banderas.
Fresh from his incarceration from an asylum in Madrid, Banderas plays a ex-lunatic who leaves in search of the object of his affection, a popular Spanish porn star (played by Victoria Abril).
After meeting, then kidnapping her, Banderas' character is more determined to make her fall in love with him, and does whatever he needs to do in order to win her love. However, Abril, refuses to love a man who has made her a prisoner of her own home. The title, which is a translation of its' original Spanish title, "Atame!," reflects the method Banderas uses to coax and subdue Abril's character in falling in love with him (he ties her up in her bedroom).
While the story seems far-fetched at times, the chemistry that Banderas and Abril emit makes the film work. Supporting actresses Maria Barranco and Rosie de Palma lend their unique comic talents in helping the director weave a tale of love and desire that only Almodovar can tell.
Upon release in the United States, this film was slapped with the newly created and feared NC-17 rating due to his sexual themes and minor violence. Compared to R rated films of the present such as "Basic Instinct" and "The Matrix," this film is tame. Refusing to edit his work, Almodovar criticized the MPAA for its' decision to market the film with an NC-17 rating. Due to this rating, the film did not do too well at the box office as expected.
This film marks Banderas' final film in Spain, before departing to the United States to start his successful career in Hollywood.
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A Kid's Review on August 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps Pedro Almodovars'most talked about film. This Video starring Antonio Banderas as a psychiatric patient obsessed with a former porno star / prostitute, played by beautiful Victoria Abril, is not one of Almodovars' best films, but definately worth a look.
Ricky (Banderas), recently released psychiatric patient, kidnaps Marina (abril) and is convinced that he can get her to fall in love with him. Banderas and Abril champion their roles, as the psycho who just needs love and the hooker with a big heart, which fits perfectly with Almodovars directorial style. Some viewers will consider this "over the top" while others, familiar with Almodovars work, will find it very entertaining, quite funny and a must see! The film is loaded with frantic, frenzied bondage scenes as well as finely exploiting the sexual tension between the leading actors. Sometimes wonderfully erotic and sometimes cartoonishly comic this film is a fun avant-garde romp. Oh yes and did I say Abril is a beautiful women - you can't keep your eyes off her. Oh and make sure you get the "unrated" version. You don't want to miss the controversial "bathtub scene" involving Abril and that naughty toy submarine ! Yep, that's right! ... Enjoy !
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By A Customer on August 16, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you are easily turned off my dark humor, this movie is not for you. This movie can evoke strong feelings, so either you will love it or hate it. I am one on the I loved it side. This movie is by Aldomovar, a director that often pushes the normal limits of society. Where else can a drug addicted movie star, become kidnapped and fall in love with her captor (played by Antonio Bandaras). A very enjoyable movie for the right person.
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Format: DVD
This is definitely one of Almodovar's best films, it kept me smiling and laughing out loud throughout. In typical Almodavrian fashion, absurdism is used to disguise some fairly audacious statements:

1. Love = bondage, both men and women need to feel that they "have no choice" in being with and loving the other person.

2. Love = addiction/drug, if you don't have one you will inevitably substitute the other for it.

3. Love = inescapably absurd, and absurdly inescapable.

This could've easily turned into an over-the-top or overly bitter and cynical farce. Instead, in keeping with Almodovar's unique genius, he chooses an ending that is both hilariously absurd and irresistibly light and heartwarming at the same time. A sort of *romantic* black humor, if you will.

Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas both put in world-class performances, backed by a strong cast peppered with some longtime Almodovar reliables. Too bad Banderas has sold his soul to Hollywood in the last few years, he did his best work in small European films like this.

Like all truly good films, this one only gets better with repeated viewings.
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Pedro Almodovar likes to shake and shock his audience. So, in TIE ME UP ! TIE ME DOWN !, we have a Victoria Abril giving up underclothes in her everyday life, the same Victoria playing in her bath with a little suggestive toy. We are also dealing with a doctor offering drugs to her patients and with an obsessed director in a wheelchair. But, curiously enough, we are not shocked at all.
We are not shocked because TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN is a movie about innocence. Antonio Banderas can steal cars, buy drugs and even kidnap Victoria, we forgive him because he does it not for his own sake but only to please Victoria Abril he's madly in love with. And the drug addicted and ... star Victoria does finally have a golden heart and will cry when Antonio will come back with blood all over his face after a fight with Rossy de Palma's gang.
Victoria's sister, the assistant producer of Francisco Rabal, has the difficult task to impersonate reason and reality in this fairy tale for adults I've liked a lot. Too bad there is only a trailer as bonus feature with this Anchor Bay DVD.
A DVD zone movida.
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