Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fea Mas Bella |
Actors: Angelica Vale, Jamie Camil
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
No Description Available. Genre: Foreign Film - Spanish/misc SA Rating: NR Release Date: 19-FEB-2008 Media Type: DVD
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It's a souvenir, not a substitute.
Darthjal | North America | 02/25/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Wow. Don't buy this unless you've already seen most of series, especially towards the end. That way, your memory can fill in the large gaps left behind by merciless editing. Otherwise, I don't think this DVD set is going to make much sense to you.
When I heard this set was going to be less than 20 hours, I got worried. The actual series was about 300 hours long, minus commercials. Even though that included a lot of filler material I knew I'd never miss, I didn't think there was any way to get it down to 20 hours without losing some important plot points.
Well, maybe there is a way to do it, but this DVD set isn't it. The runtime is 15 hours, 24 minutes, which means (predictably) that there's a lot of stuff missing.
The packaging is very cheesy - inside the box, there's just one small sheet of paper (printed on only one side) that lists the chapter breaks for the main program. If you want to know where the extras are, you need to hunt around the disks for them. (You may or may not feel afterwards that it was worth the trouble.) Not that they are hard to find, but it would have been nice to have this information printed somewhere.
The four disks (three of which are two-sided, so handle them VERY carefully) are crammed together into the case such that you might be nervous about breaking disk 2 when trying to remove disk 3, or vice versa. I'm going to throw away that case and repackage the disks in user-friendly boxes.
Despite these complaints, it's not a stinker at all. Most English-speaking fans will appreciate the English captioning. And it's nice to have a licensed, legal copy of some portion of LFMB, even if it's not all that I had hoped. Anyway, for the price - come on, seven DVD sides - it's really not bad. Try to look at it as a souvenir of LFMB, rather than as a way to relive the experience. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing!"
You won't get the whole story!
KEM | Berkeley, CA USA | 01/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD set has already been released in Mexico. Although there are four DVDs you will not get the whole set of episodes that were shown on TV. They are edited and a lot is missing, especially toward the middle and end. The main story is there, but you might have to look up an episode guide on the internet to make sense out of some of the plot. Otherwise there will be some very strange jumps in the story. Other than that, this is a great series with excellent acting and a lot of it is laugh-out-loud funny, so you will probably enjoy it even when the plot seems a little incoherent."
Sorry Explanation for bad editing
Cynthia Sarmiento-Rios | Edinburg, TX USA | 04/19/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm seriously upset with the DVD set, many of the already posted reviews match everything I would say... so I'm only going to post what happened when I emailed the CEO of Xenon Pictures.... This does not make up for anything maybe if more fans emailed Xenon and complained something better might come out of it.
"Hi Cynthia. I'm sorry you were disappointed with the dvd version of La Fea Mas Bella.
As you are aware, the original telecast versions of La Fea and other telenovelas are often up to 300 hours in length. If we were to release an unedited version of any particular show, we'd be asking consumers to pay $150 per telenovela given the fact that it would be a 25-30 disc set. We tested a full length version of Amor Real (the most popular telenovela of its time) and no one wanted it at that price. Another difficult issue is music clearance costs which makes a full length version too expensive to produce.
In terms of what you saw in the final product of La Fea Mas Bella, that version was directly overseen by the producers of the show. It is always a challenge to consolidate a version of a telenovela to 10-12 hours and inevitably some material that consumers love will get cut.
I don't know that this will satisfy you. But I did want to take the time to let you know the issues at play.
Discredited due to bad editting
J. Freeman | Maryland | 02/25/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This great novela was discredited by it's bad editing. Too much of the important content was cut, the story is hard to follow because they removed too much in trying to keep the focus on only Fernando and Letty. The worst part is in how they removed the scenes of some of the most important supporting characters that directly effected why Letty and Fernando had to overcome so many obtacles. They completely lost the beauty of this love story that encompassed so many other relationships that impacted Letty and Fernando. By the fourth DVD the content is so bad, you feel cheated and the amount of money paid isn't worth it. If they were trying to save money they really sacaraficed the quality of this novela, and made the two main characters appear silly and without subtance. Shame on you for allowing such a funny and heartfelt story be cut to pieces."