ARIA - Classic Lost....
Robert W. Jones | San Antonio, TX | 07/05/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"ARIA is a wonderful film. Each director chose an Operatic Aria to work with for interpretation to the screen.
The new DVD release is to be avoided. I pre-ordered this a couple of months ago and upon arrival, was totally dissapointed by the quality. It's not 16x9 as advertised. It's not even full frame as it was filmed. Very poor transfer from an old answer or release print. Poor sound, doesn't even look good with a 1080 upconvert DVD player.
I have this film on VHS tape. Three years ago I transfered it to DVD. My VHS tape copy is far superior to this release.
In short, it sucks......."
Liz Hurley's first important role in a movie
Gavin Wilson | 08/07/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie provided Liz Hurley with her big break. Soon after this, Dennis Potter snapped her up for the lead role in the BBC adaptation of Christabel Bielenberg's 'The Past is Myself'. She became Hugh Grant's girlfriend and the rest is history. She transformed herself physically during her twenties, which is why some viewers have had problems identifying the occasionally nude actress that appears here as the very slim Liz Hurley they now know.For me, 'Aria' was the classical music community's response to the rise of MTV and the pop video. Directors like Ken Russell and Nick Roeg wanted to show us that opera could be equally colourful and sexy, even if you couldn't dance to it. And they proved their case, to my mind.But like a pop video, you wouldn't want to watch this too often. There's no substantive connection between each of the videos, so you end up feeling much the same as you would after a 90-minute immersion in MTV."
Play this video LOUD
Gavin Wilson | 05/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Aria is the MTV of Operatic music. Each of the 10 directors chose a aria and made a music video for each. THE MUSIC IS FANTASTIC! I was not a Opera fan before I saw the video, but now I only wish there was a soundtrack. The Music videos range form the surrealistic to comedic. Many well known and new actors and actresses are in the videos including Buck Henery, Elizabeth Hurley and Bridget Fonda. I like to play the video loud and sometimes not pay attention to the video part. Once again I wish there was a Soundtrack. If you liked Brazil, you will like this."
The movie that started me on opera
scott_brittain | Austin, TX USA | 01/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw Aria in the theater back in high school (about 3 million years ago) and only because I wanted to impress a girl way more artistic than myself.It worked, but not in a way I'd expected. The movie, a series of vignettes, runs the whole emotional spectrum. In my younger days, we were blown away by the Wagner/Roddam piece starring a young Fonda, so loving and jarring at the same time. These days I find all the music beautiful, but one or two of the vignettes boring. The entire movie is beautifully shot and all deserves to be watched at least once.After having done that you'll find continual enjoyment watching Sturridge, Beresford, Roddam, Jarman, and Bryden's interpretations.Who knows, you might fall in love with opera too."