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Product Details

  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero
  • Directors: Luis Bunuel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATK015K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A newly restored and rediscovered classic from master of cinema Luis Buñuel. Tristana has been called the director s most Spanish film and was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar® in 1970. After the death of her mother, Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope (Fernando Rey), an older man who eventually breaks through his façade of respectability and seduces her. She repays him a hundred fold, preying on his jealousy and taunting him with perverse whimsies.


- Feature Length audio commentary with Catherine Deneuve and critic Kent Jones
- 30 minute featurette with Bunuel scholar Peter William Evans
- Alternate ending
- Catherine Deneuve's diary entries written during production
- New essay by Cineaste editor Richard Porton
- Chapter excerpt from scholar Raymond Durgnat from his now out of print book on Bunuel
- English and Spanish dub tracks
- New restoration trailer

Customer Reviews

The image quality of this Blu ray is very film like and quite beautiful.
mark I. Gross
The quality of the blu-ray is impeccable; it really looks stunning and is amongst the most visually elegant and beautiful of Bunuel's films.
A. Lloyd
It was neither better nor worse, but at least I didn't have to read subtitles.
M. Oleson

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Clarke on February 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I read the warning here from another potential buyer complaining about the excision of certain frames from the movie's end-montage, so sent an email to the Cohen Group asking about it.
Here's their reply, which sounds very positive indeed, so I'll be ordering this new Blu ray

"Thank you for your e-mail. The version of the feature TRISTANA that we are releasing is exactly the same version that Criterion released on VHS and Laserdisc in the mid 1990's - though the quality is far superior. Our scan is from an original negative, as confirmed by one of Criterion's lead producers (This restoration began with Criterion, but not completed before their license expired). We've checked the negative and there are no physical cuts to the ending montage sequence introducing new material. However, we were made aware that a few shots in the end montage differ from the version available in Europe. We accessed this ending and include it as an alternate ending.

Among other extras, we have included

- a feature length audio commentary between Catherine Deneuve and critic Kent Jones,
- a 30 minute visual essay about the film featuring Buñuel scholar Peter William Evans,
- excerpts from Deneuve's diary entries written during production,
- a new essay by Cineaste editor Richard Porton
- a chapter on the film from scholar Raymond Durgnat's now out of print book on Buñuel, and
- Spanish and English language dialogue tracks.

We feel that you will agree that this is the best looking version available anywhere."

Sounds pretty good ... and they only took one day to answer my query!
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Note: Apparently, there is some discussion about whether the film ending provided here is the original as conceived by Buñuel. I can't answer that definitively as I was not at the film's premiere in Spain over 40 years ago. In any version I've seen, I personally find the ending a tad abrupt. However, this is the same ending that was on the Criterion LaserDisc release and those involved in both that release and this one maintain that this is the director's vision. The alternate ending provided in the extras was found on some circulating European prints and so it was provided as a Bonus.

Released in 1970, this late period Buñuel classic serves up exactly what you might expect of the master. With requisite jabs at government, religion, and class distinction, I've always felt like "Tristana" was one of Buñuel's most straightforward efforts. There is sly humor, to be sure, and surrealistic undertones that distinguish his style. But those touches aren't as overt as you might anticipate and we're left with a uncomfortable tale of obsession and shifting sexual mores. Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, this is also reputed to be one of leading lady Catherine Deneuve's favorite roles. Deneuve had worked with Buñuel previously on the iconic "Belle de Jour" (still the most classic Deneuve role, to my mind), but here she had the opportunity to really get into a complex and developing heroine. She starts as an inquisitive innocent, fosters resentment, gains independence, and shoots into vengeful villainy. This is really, at heart, a tale of one dysfunctional relationship that is a long standing battle for dominance. But when both parties try to get the upper hand, can there ever be a satisfying conclusion or victory?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mark I. Gross on March 14, 2013
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Hello. I'm posting this review to let everyone know that the new Blu ray of Luis Bunuel's TRISTANA is excellent both in quality as well as being complete. There is an extra feature of an alternate ending in which a few shots are different, but contrary to an earlier post, the ending on the main feature is exactly the same as when I saw this film at the NYFF & also in theatres. The image quality of this Blu ray is very film like and quite beautiful. In fact, I would say that watching this Blu ray is for me a revelation, bringing out facets of the film I had never noticed before. The image is a touch darker in a few interior scenes than when this film was released, but I don't find this to be a problem. In fact, the difference is so slight as to be a non-issue.

In terms of the quality of Bunuel's film, rather than give my own opinion, I'll simply quote Alfred Hitchcock, who felt after seeing TRISTANA that Bunuel was "the world's greatest living director" and that he had never before seen "such brilliant direction of actors" in a film.

I also must say that the extras on this disc are themselves worth the price of admission, in particular, a film long conversation between Catherine Deneuve and Kent Jones, about her career, her methods of expressing the characters she has played, and her memories of the directors she has worked with. In addition, there is a half hour conversation with Bunuelian scholar Peter William Evans on the struggle of Bunuel to make TRISTANA for over a decade in Spain, and a booklet that includes an essay by Richard Porton, fragments of Ms. Deneuve's diary written during the production of TRISTANA & an excerpt from Raymond Durgnat's book on Bunuel.
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