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#1 of 36 OFFLINE   trajan

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Posted March 11 2012 - 05:29 AM

Bluray .com is reporting a May release of EVITA. VideoETA.

#2 of 36 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted March 11 2012 - 06:05 AM

If it weren't for the horrific miscasting of the female lead I would buy this otherwise excellent film on blu-ray. If only they would beg and plead with Patty Lupone to overdub the voice.

#3 of 36 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted March 11 2012 - 07:44 AM

Hopefully I'll be able to finally retire the Criterion LD…


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#4 of 36 OFFLINE   GlennH

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Posted March 11 2012 - 08:02 AM

I'm sure it's heresy to some, but I always thought Madonna did a pretty credible job in Evita. Of course, that could be because I never saw the stage production. Saw the movie in theater as my first experience, even won the soundtrack at the showing which was some radio station promotion. When I bought my first DVDs back in 1998 (has it really been 14 years? :( ) this happened to be one of them, along with Mary Poppins. I thought they looked great (on a 27" CRT at the time). Hundreds and hundreds of discs later, and they're finally upgrading that old non-anamorphic disc.

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Posted March 11 2012 - 08:02 AM

Hold on to your Criterion LaserDisc sets... I really want a Criterion edition of this film to Blu and not just the film only on blu. It is a double edge sword release also.

and as for Ricard-W just play your old Broadway cast albums and stay away from the film if you feel that way. it has been 15 years lets get over it Posted Image


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#6 of 36 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 11 2012 - 08:13 AM

Well, I have to agree with Richard. Since it's a sung-through musical, being able to negotiate the score is of paramount importance, and Madonna struggles with rhythms, pronunciations, pitch, and the keys have been lowered robbing the music of some of its vitality and immediacy.


For me, Antonio Bandaras is the real reason for being enthusiastic about Evita on Blu-ray. He is superb casting, and he has the electricity in his singing and undeniable screen charisma to capture the essence of his character to perfection.



#7 of 36 OFFLINE   Mark-P

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Posted March 11 2012 - 08:40 AM

Do you have a link to this announcement? I don't see anything about it on Blu-ray.com I really hope it is true because this movie has been terribly neglected by Miramax, and the non-anamorphic DVD is pretty much unwatchable on a projection screen.

#8 of 36 OFFLINE   trajan

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Posted March 11 2012 - 09:35 AM

http://videoeta.com/movie/10275

#9 of 36 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted March 11 2012 - 09:49 AM

Well, I have to agree with Richard. Since it's a sung-through musical, being able to negotiate the score is of paramount importance, and Madonna struggles with rhythms, pronunciations, pitch, and the keys have been lowered robbing the music of some of its vitality and immediacy. For me, Antonio Bandaras is the real reason for being enthusiastic about Evita on Blu-ray. He is superb casting, and he has the electricity in his singing and undeniable screen charisma to capture the essence of his character to perfection.

The entire cast right down to the smallest role is outstanding. The music is fresh and vital. Cinematography and period detail and atmosphere and all the storytelling elements are first-rate. This is superior cinema and a superior musical by any standards. Except for the female lead. She sinks this ship like a heat-sinking missile. If they had cast a pink elephant weighing two thousand tons, the effect would be the same. To quote Henry Higgins, "Damn the woman!"

#10 of 36 ONLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted March 11 2012 - 09:49 AM

I saw the stage production of this a couple of times, and thought that Madonna did a decent job in the film version of the role.I agree that Antonio Bandaras was terrific as Che Guevara -- he really surprised me in this role. I will gladly be replacing my non-anamorphic DVD copy of this film on the shelf.

#11 of 36 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted March 12 2012 - 03:31 PM

I was on my honeymoon at Disney World when EVITA was released and they had a great exhibit of props and costumes from the film at the then MGM Studios. My wife and I then saw the film on its opening day at the cineplex they had there at Disney. The theater was almost empty. I knew then that the film was in trouble financially. Artistically, I thought the film was excellent. I also thought Madonna did a credible job with the role. Is she a belter like LuPone or Paige? No. That said, a film doesn't need a belter like a stage does. Sadly, aside from the still-pricey Criterion LD set, the film has been treated horribly on home video. I don't expect the new BD to be any different.
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#12 of 36 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted March 12 2012 - 03:42 PM

Wouldn't it be nice if Evita got an on-stage videotaping like Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. Not necessarily with Lupone or Paige, although it would be nice, but with any of the splendid performers who have played the part over the the last 34 years. An on-stage taping may not be cinematic, but it works as drama and as opera. Posted Image

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Posted March 12 2012 - 03:51 PM

Wouldn't it be nice if Evita got an on-stage videotaping like Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. Not necessarily with Lupone or Paige, although it would be nice, but with any of the splendid performers who have played the part over the the last 34 years. An on-stage taping may not be cinematic, but it works as drama and as opera.

I doubt this will happen with the new revival opening on Broadway.

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Posted March 12 2012 - 04:02 PM

I loved this film when it came out, and I thought Madonna was outstanding.



#15 of 36 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted June 19 2012 - 12:04 PM

If you go looking for this at Best Buy, they've put it in the Family Blu section of all places... Glad they put the doc on here but can't retire the Criterion for lack of commentary... Now that "The Game" has been announced for Criterion, we can all start bitching until this one gets picked up haha. (Either this or Brazil - the two most expensive single film LDs I've ever bought)
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#16 of 36 OFFLINE   Brian Sharp

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Posted June 19 2012 - 07:11 PM

Would this Blu Ray be region "A" locked?

#17 of 36 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted June 19 2012 - 07:24 PM

I'm looking at the case right now, and it has the A-B-C symbol, so it looks like you're good to go in the UK!


BTW, I skimmed though the disc tonight, and it looks pretty good to me. It looks like the way it did in theaters to the best of my recollection (it has been 15 years), and there's no excessive digital manipulation that I can see. Sound is excellent as well.

Too bad about the missing commentary, but it's nice to finally have a watchable version of this available.


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#18 of 36 OFFLINE   Brian Sharp

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Posted June 19 2012 - 07:37 PM

Thanks. Yes, the dvd was pretty dire. Time to place my order with Amazon.

#19 of 36 OFFLINE   kagemusha98

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Posted June 19 2012 - 11:36 PM

I watched EVITA last night. Finally excellent picture quality and above all the sound is even better than it was in the theaters.

#20 of 36 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted June 19 2012 - 11:38 PM

Glad to hear the picture quality is decent. My copy is on its way from Amazon. Another non-anamorphic DVD in the collection can bite the dust!