Che - Part 1 - The Argentine details
|Starring:||Rodrigo Santoro, Edgar Ramirez, Unax Ulgalde, Yul Vazquez, Victor Rasuk, Elvira Minguez, Santiago Cabrera, Benicio Del Toro, Catalina Sa, Demian Bichir, Benicio Del Toro|
Che - Part 1 and 2 - Part 1 - Blu-ray
|15 Disc 1|
Che - Part 1 and 2 - Part 2 - Blu-ray
|15 Disc 2|
|Rental release:||29 Jun 2009|
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A faithful portrayal of GuevaraBy MrAndyC (91 reviews) from York , 12 Jul 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Part one covers Che's part in the Cuban revolution and the part is wonderfully acted by Del Toro. I enjoyed the movie and thought it was faithful to the spirit of Guevara, but I cannot say it was a great film, but worth watching, especially if you know little about the legend.
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Not a reviewBy a customer from Beckenham , 02 Oct 2009I can't review this as I've not been able to watch it yet. I received two different Blu-Ray copies of Part 1 but both sent my PS3s drive into a fit of grinding mechanics. I'd be interested to know if anyone else had this problem with a PS3, or indeed a Blu-Ray player of any kind.
CheBy a customer from Caterham , 24 Sep 2009I was really disappointed with the subtitles. Why can't they dubb it?
GoodBy a customer from Warrington , 08 Sep 2009Part 1 excellent, part 2 average, so overall good, I recommend this movie
disappointingBy a customer from Stansted , 08 Sep 2009I was really looking forward to these films but I only managed to finish the first after 2 viewings and I couldn't finish the second. maybe I was expecting too much but there was nothing about the reasons behind the revolution, I don't think Batista was even in the films, ok it was about che but 10 minutes background would have built the film up nicely. Not enough armed struggle, this was a bloody revolution but there was very little action just boring conversations round camp fires most of the time. Motorcycle diaries was far more enjoyable.
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Che: parts I & IIBy Wynter (75 reviews) from UK , 18 Aug 2009Che Guevara, revolutionary, icon, t-shirt, tobacco tin, keyring, poster etc etc who is the man behind that most famous of images? How do you untangle an actual person from the mass of politics, merchandise, symbolism, admiration and hatred? Those looking for answers or grand statements had best look elsewhere because Soderberghs two part biopic does not seek to provide any definitive statements and what could have been a rose tinted hymnal or self important political lesson is instead a gripping observation on two distinct periods in Guevaras life.
Part One (a.k.a The Argentine) follows Che from first meeting Fidel Castro in 1955 to the end of the revolutionary war, with flash forwards to an interview and his 1964 appearance before the United Nations providing some , but not too much, context. Part Two (a.k.a. Guerrilla) jumps forward a few years to cover his time in Bolivia up to and including his execution. Both parts present us with a record of events (the former taken from post revolution accounts and the latter from Ches own diary) and a portrait of the role that Che played what we dont get is a complete portrait of the man himself. At no point does Soderbergh lionise his subject and not once does Benicio Del Toro surcumb to grandstanding. In many ways the Che presented here is as elusive as the one hung on too many student walls and the two films are best described as workmanlike, but in the Clint Eastwood sense of the term instead of the pedestrian Ron Howard version.
watching the news of the G20 protests these past couple of days I cant help but think of these films and of Che himself. Whatever you think of his politics (to be honest Im not a massive fan although that should not be taken as an endorsement of his right leaning opposites) you cant deny that here was a man that lived and died for a complex set of principles. In the hands of a lesser director we might have had a filmic rendering of the meaningless protest by slogan that has hit London in the past couple of days all words, no thought, zero substance.
These are great films that, despite the poor distribution, will only gain in repute as time goes by but, unlike their subject, will avoid becoming mere abstractions.