Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|La Duena |
Actors: Franciso Gattorno, Angelica Rivera
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Beautiful, wealthy Regina Villareal seems to have the perfect life, until her fiance abandons her on their wedding day for her capricious cousin Laura. The once sweet Regina turns cold and bitter, leaving the city to live ... more »
Abridged? - A hatchet job...
Susan E. Neill | Alexandria, VA USA | 04/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I watch lots of telenovelas but have not wished to own one on dvd - for the sake of one's emotional health, one should limit one's intake of melodrama enhanced by scenery-chewing actors... Recently, though, I indulged my long-lived, sadly unrequited crush on Cuban actor Francisco Gattorno and bought a copy of La Duena, the Mexican soap that made him a star (believe it or not, he looks even better in his most recent novela, "La Viuda de Blanco" (2006-2007), than he did 12+ years ago when he made "La Duena." Age definitely becomes him...). But I must say that though I can't compare it to the original, it's obvious that it's been horrifically butchered by some very untalented editors for conversion to dvd. The story line remains intact and easy to follow for the most part, but it's SO chopped up. And what's most annoying is that they even cut the love scenes (o mejor dicho, esp. about this novela, "I secretly love you but I wish I didn't cuz I'm so mad at you" scenes) absurdly short...
I think La Duena, in its original form, was a good telenovela. It was very popular on Televisa in Mexico. As in most telenovelas, the rural setting is gorgeous. The main character, Regina (Angelica Rivera), is left at the alter by her two-timing, gold-digging fiance Mauricio, and runs away to her hacienda, Las Cascabeles, to heal her wounds. But she's very angry, bitter, and unhappy, and it's not long before everyone at Las Cascabeles, and in town, San Ignacio, is afraid of her. Except for her very handsome and strong-willed neighbor, Jose Maria Cortez (Gattorno, who else?), who suspects she's hiding real heartache and falls in love with her despite her very prickly exterior.
It seems to be the concensus of cyber-critics that all of the DVDs of telenovels are very poorly done. Too bad. So - buyer beware...
My Mom's Favorite
Love My Novelas | 10/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best Telenovelas of all time. This DVD, like the others in this series, is an edited version, but shows from beginning to end the whole story. It does leave out alot of details but you still get 4 1/2 hours of footage. I recommend this to anybody who has seen or never seen the novela. I was very happy just to experience the novela again."
La Dueña DVD only ONE DVD
Aura Marina Hurtado Rojas | 10/27/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This Soup opera has ONLY 1 DVD double side not two as the amazon says.
This resume is so short an bad, I prefer the complete soup opera."
R. Parker | San Diego | 06/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Could have used about another 2-3 hours to fill in some of the gaps, but I really like the rancho type telenovelas with men on horses:o) Plus I've watched just about everything that angelica rivera has made."