The Almodóvar Collection (Vol.2)

 

'Matador'       'Kika'      

 

'Law Of Desire'      'Flower Of My Secret'

 

Spain's high priest of hip, Pedro Almodovar, returns with a brilliant combination of his familiar stylized comedy and a new departure into full-blooded melodrama.

The films in this box set by Pedro Almodovar, Spain’s most celebrated filmmaker since Luis Bunuel, include Matador (1985), a fable about sex, death and bull-fighting which Almodóvar proclaimed the ‘weirdest’ film of his career, and The Flower of My Secret (1995), which signalled a new maturity and emotional depth which would continue to distinguish films such as All About My Mother. Also included here are Law of Desire (1987) and Kika (1993), the former a classic tale of romantic obsession starring a young Antonio Banderas, the latter an outrageous media satire featuring Victoria Abril in costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Visually assured, the films from Law of Desire onwards established the director’s working relationship with brother Augustin, with whom he formed production company El Deseo. All four are quintessential Almodóvar, and validate his status as one of the most consistently exciting film-makers in the world.

 


directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain 1986

 

A very black comedy and highly provocative satiric allegory on sex and death, "Matador" is my favourite of all Almodovar's films. While lacking both the depth of character and emotions of "Law of Desire", it is so unashamed direct in its attack on - for instance - the church suppression of the lust of the flesh and its – almost – vulgar refusal to censor its own motifs, as in creating a parallel between death and orgasm, that one just have to admire the boldness of Almodovar.

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Theatrical Release: March 7, 1986

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Runtime 1:41:52 (4% PAL speedup)
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Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish
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Aspect Ratio:
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Edition Details:
• Introduction by José Arroyo (8:44)
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: June 5, 2006
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Chapters 13

 

 

Comments Of the earlier transfers, this is the best yet I have seen. It is still not presented in its OAR, and it still has a large degree of compression artefacts, but it looks decent.

While brief, the introduction by José Arroyo enriches the viewing.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain 1993

 

Following Atame and High Heels, Almodovar felt like making a comedy – an absurd comedy – and Kiki is as absurd as they come. Lots of everyone sleeps with everyone, spiced with absurd elements, like the Robocop-ish sleaze reporter Andrea Scarface, who tapes people having sex and the showing it on TV.

Not for all tastes, not even those who love “everything” Almodovar makes. But its so absurdly fun anyway.

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Theatrical Release: October 29, 1993

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:49:23 (4% PAL speedup)
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1.75:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.53 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.

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish
Subtitles English (fixed)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by José Arroyo (4:54)
• Cast and Crew Interviews (4:24)
• Pedro Almodóvar interview (4:45)
• Trailer (2:52)
• Introducing the characters (16:03)
• The Music (11:38)

DVD Release Date: June 5, 2006
Box

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments Compression artefacts visible, mainly colour binding and mosquito noise, but in general, a nice transfer. Sadly not OAR.

Additional material on this DVD is plenty. While brief, the introduction by José Arroyo enriches the viewing. Adding to this are brief interviews with cast and Almodovar who talks about story, characters and the music.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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(aka "La ley del deseo" )

 

directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain 1987

 

The key Almodovar film. His most important film. His break-thru film. The Law of Desire is the one film one needs to watch if one wants to see what Almodovar is about and why everyone is saying he is a genius.

Almodovar examines different views on sex and love here, mainly thru the relationship between Pablo – an filmmaker – and Juan – who fears being gay and getting involved, even though his fears are exactly what he is living out; so to speak.

It is with Law of Desire, that Almodovar for the first time manages to enrich his already complex mise-en-scene with the depth of the emotions his characters and his examination of relationships, thus forewarning even more skilled displays of this and these motifs in Carne Tremula and All About my Mother.

 

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Theatrical Release: February 1987 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Distribution

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:37:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.11 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.

Bitrate

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish
Subtitles English (fixed)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by José Arroyo (12:42)

DVD Release Date: June 5, 2006
Box

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments Quiet a beautiful transfer. While grainy, there is a minimum of artefacts, ranging from almost detectable in some scenes to none in others.

While brief, the introduction by José Arroyo enriches the viewing. Sadly missed is an audio commentary or Almodovar talking about the motifs.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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(aka "The Flower of My Secret" or "La Flor de mi secreto" )

 

directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain 1995

 

To me a minor and disappointing Almodovar, lacking the flamboyance which makes him so irresistible to begin with. While having some of his signatures, its too polished and too nice.

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Theatrical Release: September 22, 1995

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DVD Review: Optimum (The Almodovar Collection Volume 2) - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:41:07 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.56 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.

Bitrate

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish
Subtitles English (fixed)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by José Arroyo (8:29)
• Cast and Crew Interviews (15:17)
• Pedro Almodóvar interview (3:49)
• Trailer (2:12)

DVD Release Date: June 5, 2006
Box

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments The best of the transfers in the box, but still with visible artefacts. Notable here is, that while colours are extremely strong and details rich, colours blend and clash.

This DVD has the best additional material. As on all of them, while brief, the introduction by José Arroyo enriches the viewing. Once again, Almodovar briefly talks about film, but the cast gets more speaking time here and can go into more depth.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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