(aka "Frida")


directed by Paul Leduc
Mexico 1986


Director Paul Leduc made this great biopic of the Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo, Filming in a way that it wasn't and somehow, isn't usual on biographies; We follow Frida Kahlo's (played magnificent by the great actress Ofelia Medina) deathbed, and with her, we flow through pieces of her life: her accident, her affairs, her paintings, her pain.

The film structure is like a puzzle that we link, although the pieces never seem to fit from completely, leaving traces that nobody could fill in. A Nice Cinematography and art decoration, assembles this slow paced masterpiece.

Axel Mishael Muņoz Barba


Theatrical Release: March 13th, 1986

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DVD Review: Alter Films - Region 1,4 - NTSC

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Alter Films

Region 1,4 - NTSC

Runtime 108 min

1:33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Spanish (Mexican) 2.0
Subtitles English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alter Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:33

Edition Details:

 - none that I could find

DVD Release Date: Dec. 02 2003
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Comments Tape -sourced and non-progressive, this DVD has an appalling low bitrate and I have no evidence to suggest that it is not 'pan and scan' - it was originally shot in 35mm. It is filled with scratches and damage marks and I can find no menus. I don't think we need to mince words here - this look like a bootleg made from VHS in someone's basement OR recorded from TV. This DVD is awful - bleeding colors, very hazy, crackling audio and ghosting/combing in motion sequences. I found much of the English subtitles were not translating the dialogue on screen while the Spanish subtitles were. This is the first of 5 Alter Films DVD that I will be reviewing but my hopes are not high after seeing this. I would be very suspicious and avoid them until further evidence arises. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


Alter Films makes this statement.



DVD Menus


I could see no menus.

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Note: very visible cue blips appear on upper right corner.





Ghosting ion motion sequences








Combing is present





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