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Che (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
Audio commentaries on both films, featuring Jon Lee Anderson
" Making of Che," a new documentary about the film's production
New interviews with Cuban historians
New interviews with participants in the 1958 Cuban Revolution
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin and more
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Benicio Del Toro stars as the titular character and what he brings to the table is something legendary and brave. A fearless and personal portrayal. His eyes tell a thousand stories at once, all of them of the poetic fervor. Del Toro is such a talented actor that his performance brings a documentary feel to the film. You feel as though you truly are an observer.Read more ›
The movie is great, and you should see it. If you don't know much about Che, that is all the more reason for you to watch it.
I do want to express an opinion on all of the negative reviews of this movie, which are similar to the negative reviews that you will find on anything with Che or Castro as the subject... they all claim that every view is one-sided, unless it is a completely negative view. I am certainly not a one dimensional person, and if any exist...I have yet to come across them in my personal experience. There is no reason to think of people in these terms, and Che is no different.
It is very easy to be misled when we learn about other leaders around the world, while viewing US leaders through red, white, and blue lenses...we should be much more careful.
Che was not a cold blooded killer, and anybody who takes the time to attempt to understand some of the theories that he read, and subsequently implemented would see that. The vitriol of some reviewers is exactly why Che had to kill defectors from his revolution. There were many more that he let go that we never hear about. The forces opposing them were well funded and well armed...it was no different than the situation that we live in today. If you don't believe in overpowering forces, and top-down government, then you are some dangerous radical...and you may very well be to the very few who hold places of privilege, but you are not to the people around you. The people who are your neighbors going through the same struggles that you are. Che understood, and had the courage to stand up to oppression. He and Castro were also very well educated in politics. Death and destruction is what politics is...Read more ›
The film compares favorably to the epics Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean and Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. It is beautifully filmed and features outstanding acting by Benicio del Toro as Che and a dead-on portrayal of Fidel by Demian Bichir. Although it is 4 1/2 hours long, there are gaps in the film which need to be filled in and Jon Lee Anderson does this, as well as providing a different perspective. I have seen many film commentaries; this is the best so far. Anderson's commentary is deep and as compelling as the film itself. It answers many questions that arise from watching the film.
There are by necessity gaps in all the great film epics. The complete story of Che could not be told in 4 1/2 hours, but in Anderson's commentary much missing information is added. For example, Anderson points out that in Cuba Che was ruthless and made a practice of killing all prisoners, but in Bolivia he did not, and those he released came back to haunt him. He also explains that Cuba was ripe for revolution but Bolivia, which had a long history of unsuccessful revolutions, was not. Also, the leadership in Cuba was united under Fidel Castro but in Bolivia was badly fragmented.
Whether you like this film or not may depend upon your politics, as is evidenced by the reviews written so far. But I think Soderbergh has done his best to provide a fair and accurate portrayal of Che the man, warts and all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I attempted to order Part 1 & 2 of "Che" by Steven Soderbergh on DVD. I placed the order and moved one with life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan Wilson
PLEASE BEWARE. As of Dec. 2015 the DVD is NOT the same film as the Blu-Ray/Multi-Format. The Blu-Ray/Multi-Format release is the Stephen Soderberg film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by 12Tone
This is an excellent set. Add Motorcycle Diaries and you have a good start on understanding Ernesto "Che" Guevara. I doubt anyone will ever fully understand this man.Published 7 months ago by PTRio
Over four hours of revolutionary magic. Steven Soderbergh has directed a masterpiece that captures you in the first minute watching an extreme closeup of Benicio Del Toro in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kytka Hilmar-Jezek
Excellent movie! I have a degree in Latin American Studies, so it seemed a bit cleaned up. Romanticized a little, but the acting was great, the locations were spot on and a very... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elizabeth Hammack
This is a good film. But there is almost zero action. If thats what youre looking for, this is not the movie for you. Its very slow at times. Its definitely not for everyone.Published 21 months ago by Sam Ramirez
Great release, beautiful audio track, amazing imagery. The cinematography in part 1 is some of my favourite.Published 22 months ago by Kidus Yohannes
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