Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Maria La Del Barrio |
Actors: Thalia, Fernando Colunga
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 09/09/2008 Rating: Pg
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BUYER BEWARE: NOT THE ORIGINAL VERSION AS AIRED ON TELEVISI
RetroBoy | Florida | 06/07/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Maria La Del Barrio one of Thalia and Televisa's biggest hits finally makes it to DVD. Was it worth the wait? NO. For those of you who fell in love with this series when it first hit the air waves in 1996 you will be in for quite a shock. This is a butchered version of the original story.
It really makes no sense in releasing these famous Televisa telenovelas if they are not going to be faithful to their original presentation.
The butchering done to these episodes in inexcusable! The storyline makes absolutely no sense now as it jumps to plot point to plot point. It's laughable. Actually it's infuriating.
If you're looking forward to finally having Maria and Zoraya's infamous cat fight inside the opera house parking garage you can forget about it --- it's been cut and is only referred to in a brief flashback! Actually Maria's first sit down dinner with the family is also gone along with a lot of other scenes. UNFORGIVABLE!
Granted we're not talking about "Gone With the Wind" here, but still MariMar, Maria La Del Barrio, Maria Mercedes and Rosalinda are four of Thalia's biggest and best in the telenovela genre and have garnered fans on an international level.
It's an injustice that just to make a quick buck these shows are being rushed out on DVD in such a careless fashion.
People who have never seen these shows to begin with are going to think this is what was originally aired on television. It is not. Not by a long shot.
Televisa needs to get their act together and release these shows in their COMPLETE, UNEDITED ORIGINAL VERSIONS or just quit scamming loyal fans with this inferior product."
THALIA'S FINAL "MARIA" NOVELA (SOAP)
Johnny | Lawrence, KS USA | 11/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"NOTE: MOST Novelas have ENGLISH subtitles including this one.
The 1995 soap, "Maria la del Barrio" (Maria from the Barrio) was very popular although not as sucessful as "Marimar" the year before. This was the third and last soap in which Thalia played a poor girl named Maria. After all three MARIA soaps had circeld the world, a census showed that they had been viewed by more than a billion people!
STORY PLOT: Maria Ernandes was a scavenger who lived in a Mexican barrio (neighborhood) on the outskirts of the big city with her Godmother, who suddenly dies, leaving Maria to fend for herself. The local priest had been asked by the godmother to help Maria when she was gone and so he asked one of his benefactors Don Fernando if he might employ her as a servant. Maria, wearing torn and stinky clothes, is brought to the De La Vega mansion, where she quickly meets Don Fernando's drunk son, Luis. She falls head over heels for him, despite his lack of respect and order. As a reult, Maria becomes the primary target of Fernando's neice, Soraya Montenegro, who suppoesdly "loves" Luis. Although Luis first marries the ambitious, possessive and bitter Soraya, who is unfaifthfull to him, he eventually divorces her soon after and then marries Maria. Soraya is later thrown out of the mansion due to her constant threats against Maria and her own family. As the wife of one of the most richest and respectable families, Maria is well educated. Months later she is with child. When Luis sees his brother and Maria embracing, fueld and blinded by jealousy he abandons her and goes to Europe, where she quickly followed him. She tried convincing him that he had the wrong idea about her and that the child she was going to have was Luis, not his brother. But Luis furiously throws Maria out, refusing to believe her. She is then forced to return to Mexico. When Luis sends a letter to Maria demanding a divorce, the desperate, lonely and heartbroken Maria wonders into the streets by herself. She however, passes out and is rushed to a local hospital where she gives birth to her son, whom she named after his father but as a nickname called him "Nandito." At this time still desperate and hearbroken, Maria suffers from a temporary bout of instanity and without knowing it, gives her baby son away to a poor peasent women in a park. When she realized her mistake, the once-happy, sweet and innocent Maria becomes a suffering woman, who would stop at nothing to find her son. Luis returns her home and, feeling horribly guilty for his misunderstanding and for losing thier son, he adopts a baby girl...whom Maria at first sobbingly rejects, then takes the baby as her own...but never loses faith that one day she may recover her lost son. Meanwhile Luis' ex-wife and Maria's rival, Soraya suffers a horrible accident and dies...years pass by, and still Maria goes out onto the streets daily, looking for her son, while this has placed tension between her and her husband, who believes that his son is dead or will never be found. With many more twists to come, "MARIA LA DEL BARRIO" has a rather enchanting storyline, but about halway through changes dramatically. I personally like the first half better, partly because the second half of the soap has many inconsistancies...a lot of scenes don't make to much sense. But the twists near the end of the story include the unexpected return of the villian Soraya, who spent months secretly recovering in a hospital, family reunions, family loses; Soraya later remarries, murders her second husband, sets Maria up and as a reuslt Maria is sent to a prision which soon after burns down and no trace of her can be found...finally there's the rather unexpected ending...or is it?
OTHER SOAP TITLES STARRING THALIA: MARIA MERCEDES (1991) MARIMAR (1994)
What is going on here?!
hpyhpyjoyjoy | Chicago, IL | 05/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I remember watching this novela with my family when I was a child. My mother recently bought the dvd for my grandmother, and the whole family was excited to sit down and watch it, especially me because of the English subtitles. I quickly became incredibly confused because the editing was so oddly choppy. I understand that the cinemetography would be on the more amateur side, since this is an older novela and a soap opera after all, but this seemed like something more.
I looked up video clips of the show on youtube, and to my dismay, the clips of the same scenes on my dvd had several minutes more to them than on my dvd. Who ever edited this disc hacked away at all the important parts that link this into a coherent story. Please, someone come out with the real show!!! This is ridiculous!
So, yes to Maria la del Barrio, NO NO NO TO THIS EDITION! AGHHHH!"
GREAT SOAP OPERA, BUT TERRIBLE EDITION
Enrique | 03/15/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD pack has a good video quality, and it has the main theme ("María la del Barrio", by Thalía), but I don't know who made this horrible edition. They just cut important scenes from de story. If you didn't see the soap opera on television, it will be difficult for you to understand, because everything happens so fast.
And that's not the worst thing. They tried to replace the original score. I can't explain why!. It's so difficult to believe that Televisa can't pay for the rights of the music. You can't understand many of the dialogues because of that. It's like a noise.
If you like this soap opera, just don't buy this item. I'm a fan of Thalía, and now I know why she never says anything about this DVD's. They are not a good product. I give two stars to it because of the song, the video quality, and the DVD cover."