Excerpt: Darius Khondji's (if I spelled it right) cinematography is simply gorgeous. He also shot Se7en, (negative damaged) and his reputation for pushing details into the blacks looks just like Se7en. Not to be confused with the late Gordon Willis, (Godfather trilogy) also known as the Prince of Darkness (he hated that name). Sound mix, performances, pacing, editing, art direction, ALL amazing!
Excerpt: Wow ! Its great that the musical "Evita" has been released in the US on Blu Ray disc. The picture is very dark though and soft colored but the detail is very high ! Great performance by Antonio Banderas. And Madonna gets better and better the further into the movie. The lovely songs in perfect sound quality is a threat for the ears. The videoclip has huge black bars around it.. which is a pity... Also the Making of and trailer are shown in 4:3 size.
Evita: Makes me want to book a flight to Buenos Aires !!
24 June 2012
Excerpt: * Who HASN'T stood on their balcony or front porch at one time or another, pretending to be Eva Peron??? All kidding aside, whether you think she was good or bad, giving or self serving....you can't deny that Eva Peron was an amazing woman. She's one of my favorite historical figures. It's easy to understand why her life story made a facinating musical. The film version makes Andrew Lloyd Webber's music much easier to listen to than the broadway soundtrack.
Excerpt: With the non-anamorphic DVD keeping me company for years, Evita finally arives on Blu-ray delivering faithful picture and audio quality to a very fantastic piece of movie musical. First off seeing this film in anamorphic widescreen was almost worth the purchase alone, add the 1080p remastering and the film looks great! At first I was a bit dissapointed since it doesn't look like how recently released Hi-def films should look on BR.
Excerpt: After searching with patience to find the Criterion Laserdisc(and the ultra rare DTS release), and having to live with the featureless non-anamorphic DVD, Evita finally comes to BD. This film was shot in anamorphic 35 in a time that super 35 was fairly popular, and it shows up nicely here in HD.
Excerpt: First off, after just finishing writing my Silver Screen column here at Blu-ray.com for Evita, I was so impressed by the amount of work that went into this film while doing my research. But watching it again after so many years (I refused to watch the DVD after the first time.... it was a terrible picture transfer with unbalanced sound). Today my copy arrived and tonight was Evita on my big screen.
Excerpt: Sorry but I think the PQ is pretty good, very sharp and very representative of the movie when released. The audio at 5.1 should have been upgraded to 7.1 but when needed the sub works very well. The extras are a disgrace SD 4:3 letterbox and no commentary, but, it is a terrific movie and as far as coding it is A,B,C.
Summary: A party of six ranging in age from 40 to 78 and we all enjoyed this movie. Couldn't locate it at any Blockbuster so we bought it. Madonna's balcony performance of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" was so well done that many Argentinians used a stand-ins for the scene were sincerely crying. (This included many men who worked as stage hands) That's how moving it is. I think it's worth the cost for that scene alone. The Banderas character never worked for me.