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Pedro Almodovar's sexually charged thriller gets little in the way of frills for its American release on DVD, though the results look fine. The feature has been transferred in letterbox format, conforming to its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (the image has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), and the Castilian-language soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (for those who don't speak the language, the feature has also been encoded with optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish). ...
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Pedro Almodovar's sexually charged thriller gets little in the way of frills for its American release on DVD, though the results look fine. The feature has been transferred in letterbox format, conforming to its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (the image has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), and the Castilian-language soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (for those who don't speak the language, the feature has also been encoded with optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish). The film's only bonus feature is a trailer, but the quality of the presentation still makes this a worthy purchase for fans of the iconoclastic Almodovar.
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Special Features

Trailer; Castilian Spanish: 5.1 Surround Sound; English, French, and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The second film in the "mature phase" of Pedro Almodovar's career, which began with La Flor de Mi Secreto two years earlier, Carne Tremula borrows chunks of its ornate plot from Ruth Rendell's novel Live Flesh. The film's political subtext and messy humanity, however, bear the distinctive stamp of its celebrated director. A deeply felt exploration of the tension between destiny and chance, human will and involuntary longing, Carne Tremula plays a delicate juggling act with competing subplots that slowly reveal their intimate connections. Unlike Paul Thomas Anderson's similarly themed but deeply flawed Magnolia, Almodovar's film zeroes in on its ideas subtly and precisely. The closest the director gets to his well-known affinity for garish excess and picturesque debilities is a few minutes of the haunted, haunting Francesca Neri in a fright wig, and several straight-faced scenes of stand-up guy Javier Bardem playing wheelchair basketball. Elsewhere, it's all tightly coiled passion and darkly libidinous will-to-power -- an urgent directive to get on with life. American audiences might not grasp all the levels of Almodovar's allegory about the legacy of Franco's reign, but most everyone should recognize the contrary passions that propel his characters to desperate acts and unlikely redemptions. Flawlessly acted by Bardem, Neri, Liberto Rabal, and Angela Molina, Carne Tremula offers a darker counterpoint to the tragicomic shadings of 1999's Todo Sobre Mi Madre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • UPC: 027616860422
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Javier Bardem David
Francesca Neri Elena
Liberto Rabal Victor
Ángela Molina Clara
Jose Sancho Sancho
Penélope Cruz Isabelle
Pilar Bardem Dona Centro
Alex Angulo Bus Driver
Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director, Screenwriter
Agustín Almodóvar Producer
Katrina Bayonas Casting
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Jose Antonio Bermudez Sound/Sound Designer
Humberto Cornejo Costumes/Costume Designer
Jose Maria de Cossio Costumes/Costume Designer
Alvaro deArminan Asst. Director
Covadonga Gamboa Asst. Director
Esther Garcia Production Manager
Dalila Garcia Translator
Antxon Gomez Art Director
Jorge Guerricaechevarría Screenwriter
Juan Pedro Hernandez Makeup
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Pedro Lazaga Jr. Asst. Director
Ray Loriga Screenwriter
Bernardo Menz Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Molina Special Effects
Ana Munoz Asst. Director
José Salcedo Editor
Alejandro Vazquez Production Manager
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Express Delivery [9:16]
2. Title/A Cop's Life [4:52]
3. Wrong Guy, Wrong Times [7:34]
4. A Drunken Bust [6:47]
5. Death Wish [3:53]
6. The Funeral [11:08]
7. The Novice Lover [10:56]
8. The Ways Of Love [3:27]
9. Among Home Wreckers [1:49]
10. Things He Never Said [3:52]
11. A Clean Break [5:56]
12. The Honest Adulterer [2:47]
13. Last Chance For Clara [7:20]
14. At The Hand Of A Friend [1:53]
15. The Only Way Out [6:18]
16. No More Fear/Credits [5:33]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Trailer
   Subtitles
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