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directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Mexico 2000

Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog's success in the ring leads to a violent altercation. Elsewhere, Daniel, a successful publishing magnate, leaves his family to take up with a beautiful model, Valeria. Valeria, however, soon loses a leg in an auto accident, and as Daniel tends to her needs, her tiny pet dog gets trapped under the floorboards of their apartment. And finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echeverria) is an elderly homeless man who is trying to contact his daughter, whom he hasn't seen in years. Desperate for money, El Chivo is hired by a businessman to assassinate his partner; however, as he's following his target, he's interrupted by an auto accident, from which Octavio and his injured dog stagger in search of help. Amores Perros (aka Love's a Bitch) was the debut from director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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The most populous sprawl on earth proves a vivid barometer for the state of 21st-century civilisation in this feverish Mexico City triptych. González Iñárritu's Rottweiler of a movie slams street-level toughs up against glamorous, high society celebrity, then picks over the carnage. In the first story, lovelorn Octavio (García) turns to dogfighting to scrape enough money together to steal away his brother's wife. In the second, a magazine editor leaves his family for beautiful model Valeria (Toledo), just as an accident lands her in a wheelchair. The aftermath - involving an urban legend about a dog trapped under the floorboards - turns their lives inside out. The final story centres on an ex-Communist revolutionary (Echevarría) who prefers the companionship of mutts to people. Steeped in disgust, he accepts a contract to murder a businessman, but even as he confronts the worst, he somehow summons a shred of dignity and hope. Recalling Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction - but edgier than both - this is a hell of a first film. For all its bonecrunching savagery, it's also a fundamentally moral work. The love of animals is one redeeming grace note, even as González Iñárritu makes it clear that the love of mankind is a far greater challenge.

Excerpt from Timeout located HERE

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Theatrical Release Date: May 14th, 2000 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Comparison:

LionsGate - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Filmax (Spain)- Region 2 - PAL vs. Madman (Australia) Region 0 - PAL vs. LionsGate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

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1) Lion's Gate - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Filmax - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Madman Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) LionsGate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Lions Gate Entertainment

Region 1  - NTSC

Filmax (Spain)

Region 2  - PAL

Madman (Australia)
Region 4 - PAL
LionsGate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:33:45 2:27:27 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:27:30 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:34:09.240
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate:6.90 mb/s

PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.40
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,079,308,866 bytes

Feature: 37,341,935,616 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps 

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

Bitrate:

Lion's Gate

 

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Filmax

Bitrate:

Madman

Bitrate:

Madman

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1, DUB: Dolby Digital 2.0 French track Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1, or DTS (768 Kbps)

Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 4213 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4213 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English and French (yellow and Not removable "on the fly" or with DVD remote controls, but in set-up only) None English, (yellow and removable) English (SDH), English, Spanish (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:

All of the extras on this disc are all presented in their original Spanish language… with no English dubbing.

Director’s Commentary, also presented in Spanish with English subtitles
Deleted scenes (16:35)
Two featurettes  (7:39 , 5:51)
Three music videos
9 Photos in Gallery
10 Storyboards

DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 24


 

Release Information:
Studio: Filmax (Spain)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
(Not subtitled!) Making of (7:38)
Interviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu(1:40), Rodrigo Prieto (0:24), Goya Toledo (0:14), Gael García Bernal (0:44) and Emilio Echevarría (0:52).
Trailer (1:46)
Cast/crew biographies
TV spot (0:20)
Music video
 

DVD Release Date: September 9, 2001

Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: MadMan (Australia)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:

12 deleted scenes
Making the film (15:36)
Behind the scenes(7:37)
3 music videos
Trailer (1:51)
Press kit: Information of cast/crew/awards/soundtrack , some notes about the film from William Friedkin
Trailers for "Mullet", "Shadow of the Vampire" and "The Bank"

 

DVD Release Date: March 19th, 2002

Click Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: LionsGate

Aspect Ratio:

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,079,308,866 bytes

Feature: 37,341,935,616 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Edition Details:
Commentary with director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga in Spanish with English subtitles
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (17:45)
Featurette (8:09)
Los Perros (6:19)
3 Music Video (4:07),  (3;30)  (4:03)

Blu-ray Release Date: October 10th, 2017
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Lionsgate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray October 2017: The new 1080P has removed the film's harsh look found on the DVDs. Colors shift - skin tones looking more accurate, there is more information in the frame, there is a higher level of detail and depth. When shooting Amores Perros, director Alejandro González Iñárritu and DoP Rodrigo Prieto used a special technique - a 'bleach-bypass process on the camera negative'. This is gone. Amores Perros was shot with the Moviecam SL (SL stands for SuperLight) and while the benefits are a more versatile, hand-held, camera - it can create a smeary softness in fast pans that still exists in the higher resolution, but  I don't know if this HD transfer has removed an intentional visual style of the original appearance... or this new Blu-ray is more theatrically accurate. It looks sharper and more passive... but is that more authentic? I tend to doubt it.

The audio transfer is very robust - a strong DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 4213 kbps (24-bit) in the original Spanish language. Effects -  dogs barks etc, - have depth and we get another impacting score by Argentine musician Gustavo Santaolalla (Wild Tales, Brokeback Mountain, 21 Grams, Biutiful.) Audio is excellent with some deft separations and seething intensity. There are optional English or Spanish subtitles (see sample below) on the Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

In the extras - nothing new from Lionsgate's DVD release of over 14-years ago with the commentary with director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga in Spanish with English subtitles, the deleted scenes with optional commentary, featurette, Music Video s etc.

The price sure is right at less than $10 but there is a lack of production investment in the package that is troubling...

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ON THE DVDs (2003): The picture quality is pretty much the same in all three versions. I certainly can't tell an obvious difference, although the Australian Madman may be slightly sharper. Unfortunately. the video transfer for this film has had a number of intentional processing effects applied which effect things like the colors appearing washed out.  As the Spanish Filmax version does not have English subs, we will pass on that edition. The menus, I am leaning toward the Lion's Gate edition, ditto for the Extras as it has a nice Directors commentary with both Eng and Spanish subs. If you are going to buy this one, I would suggest the Region 1 - Lion's Gate Signature Series although I am not happy about non-removable "on the fly" subtitles. 

- Gary W. Tooze


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3) Madman Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

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2) Filmax - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Madman Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) LionsGate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Lion's Gate - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Filmax - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Madman Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) LionsGate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - BOTTOM

 

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Region 1  - NTSC

Filmax (Spain)

Region 2  - PAL

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Region 4 - PAL
LionsGate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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