Evita - 15th Anniversary Edition
After several abysmal attempts in the 80s and 90s as an actress, pop vixen Madonna finally found her dream role in Evita. The part -- that of the iconic Eva Peron -- had everyone from Meryl Streep to Michelle Pfeiffer vying to play. Madge is the one that eventually won out and turns in a wowing performance.
In this 15th anniversary Blu-ray edition, most film scenes are crystal-clear, yet some are strangely muted. This doesn't distract from enjoying the musical spectacle of "Evita," a film that is a bit shallow and misleading in its portrayal of the first wife of Argentina's President Juan Peron (Jonathan Pryce).
Basically prancing around in a large extended music video, it's not Madonna's acting ability that's eye-opening, it's her crystalline voice, soaring over the film's soundtrack on such songs as "Rainbow High" and the classic well-known "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." Not faring so well is heartthrob Antonio Banderas, who warbles his way unconvincingly through each of his songs.
"The Making of Evita" is an extensive documentary shot on location in Buenos Aires, where filmmaker Alan Parker discusses getting the film made and the various obstacles he faced. Various scenes of Madonna and Antonio Banderas are shown in the studio recording the music and the Material Girl tells how daunting the role was, as well as the expected backlash she received. Her music video for "You Must Love Me" is presented on the Blu-ray, an odd video where she's playing herself and not Eva Peron. (The song won an Oscar.)