directed by Fernando León de Aranoa
Spain 2005


In "Princesses," a warmhearted, sharp-eyed study of a roller-coaster friendship between two women who happen to be prostitutes, Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema. As with his two most recent features, "Neighborhood" and "Mondays in the Sun," this loosely-structured pic feels authentic, its under dramatized script resolutely nonjudgmental. Helmer's rep means that "Princesses" could get a royal reception in selected English language and Latin American art-houses despite its difficult subject matter.



Theatrical Release: Spain 2 September 2005, USA January 2006 (Sundance Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Warner (Spain) (2 disc edition) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Warner (Spain) (2 disc edition)

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:49:20 (4% PAL speedup)

1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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


Audio Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner (Spain) (2 disc edition)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.85

Edition Details:
• Disc one:
• The Film
• Commentary track by Fernando León de Aranoa
• Cast & Crew
• Disc two:
• La Construcción del Reino
• - Como se hizo (15:02)
• - Soryboard (11 scenes)
• - Escenas descartados (2 scenes / 2:55)
• Trailer (2:06)
• Video Clip (04:00)
• Galerias (Photos, Posters, Promo material)

DVD Release Date: 07/03/2006
Double keep-case

Chapters 16



Comments The film is shot on 35 mm with handheld camera, to give an expression of a documentary film. This DVD transfer is flawless, and I can't image that it could possible look better. The color timing is made to get the film an authentic touch. The grainy look is certainly intended. The slight softness in some pictures is from the film elements.

The DD 5.1 sound is, as in new films, dynamic. The only flaw is that the huge amount of extra material is not subtitled in English.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg



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