Kaan BALCI | Turkey | 11/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For some people TELENOVELAS (soap operas) are dull, cliché, moron, stupid, stomachache... Well, I have to respect those...
And for some people they are piece of art which come from the heart of some culture. TELENOVELAS, for me are the art of Mexican culture, which I adore most. Since my childhood, I have been watching telenovelas; yes though I am a male and though I am educated. For some time I remember novelas from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil... But, my favorite ones are all from TELEVISA MEXICO. I watched; Abrazame Muy Furete, Maria La Del Barrio, La Usurpadora, Por Un Beso, Entre El Amor y El Odio... and many more.
But, my all times favorite is 1999 air "ROSALINDA" (Televisa), starring Thalia (my only obsession) and Fernando Carrillo. It was my low times, having started a life in another city away from my hometown to study in the university. Cold and blue about building personal relationships... I had only one warm room with my air antenna and only one channel that can reach out for my poor conditions. "ROSALINDA"... Ay AMOR! This novela gave back all the fire that has to be in my heart. This novela, Thalia, saved me everytime I thought of "over"... "Rosalinda" The music, the rhythm of my whole being... ROSALINDA... MI AMOR!
In my country, "Rosalinda" aired trice. I ended up all of it. Now in year 2005, Rosalinda is released as a DVD (9 hours edit) alongside a lot of other SUPERB novelas like "Abrazame Muy Fuerte", "La Usurpadora"...
I ordered my copy from AMAZON.com. When I received it I decided to end up each 'lado' of DVD in one night (that makes ~2,5 hours a side). Today is my last side... Rosalinda ended in my DVD, once more...
I am heartbroken.
I am down.
I am wet-eyed.
I feel abused.
I feel cheated.
I feel... Whatever...
First of all, all my congrats go to TELEVISA. It is perfect to release novelas, as I think they are best objects of MEXICAN ART.
All and all my curses go to TELEVISA too!
What is the point of pulling out the BESTEST NOVELA THEME EVER, away from the NOVELA itself... I can't believe Emilio Estefan, Jr product "Rosalinda" theme is not used in this milestone of Televisa Novelas... They replaced it with a cheap midi sequence that makes me kamikaze to my monitor. Story edit is superb, yet all major high-points were passivized with pulling out the novela theme.
In the original, Thalia becomes a singer (Paloma Dorantes) and debutes with "Te Quiero Tanto" in a garden concert. NOT SINGING IN DVD
In the original, Thalia gets back her memory and goes on her career as a singer (Rosalinda Perez) and sings "Rosalinda" several times in cabaret costumes.... NOT ON DVD, just a midi sequence showing Thalia lip sync with a MELODY ONLY!!!!!!!!
In the original, Rosalinda Perez takes care of her pet bird singing it "Amor A La Mexicana" and Soledad Romero asks her "What if it speaks and tells you 'I'm not Mexican'?"... THALIA IS NOT SINGING IN ANY PART OF HER NOVELA RELATED A HUNDRED PERCENT WITH SINGING...
If anyone can explain me why a theme would be erased and without even blushing they CLAIM that the Rosalinda trailer had this awful midi sequence...
They had put an "extra" option in the final DVD... That makes me live in a nightmare! No song, yet still claiming that the "thing" is Rosalinda's original video clip...
SCANDAL FOR A NETWORK MAJOR LIKE TELEVISA."
The story of Rosalinda
Nana2000 | Virginia, USA | 01/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here comes a bit a plot-spoiler, so please be advised:
The story is that 20 years before, Rosalinda's mother, Soledad, is imprisoned for a crime she did not commit, the murder of José Fernando Altamirano. In jail, she gives her daughter over to her sister and asks that she never tells anyone. So Rosalinda grows up not knowing that her mother is in reality her aunt. Rosalinda has two sisters (cousins), Fedra and Lucy, and a brother (Cousin) Beto.
Rosalinda works in a flower shop. One day she is delivering flowers to a restaurant where she meets Fernando José ---- the son of the guy her mother is in prison for murdering!
Rosalinda's mother (aunt) dies and her real mother comes out of prison. She poses as aunt Marta. That is when the problems begin.
The villain of the story is Valeria, Fernando José's stepmother, who will tell him that Marta is actually Soledad. So Fernando José leaves Rosalinda and Valeria steals Rosalinda's baby, and Rosalinda goes crazy.... She is sent to a hospital, that later burns down. Everyone believes her dead, but instead she is now living as Paloma Dorantes, who becomes a singer.
Well, as you see the plot is all you can expect of a telenovela.
The acting by Fernando Carrillo (Fernando José) is terrible, but Thalia isn't that bad in this one. Nora Salinas is convincing as Fedra, Rosalinda's cousin and a villain of the story.
I also noticed there is no singing at all, even though Rosalinda becomes a singer. And the song "Ay Amor!" (Rosalinda)
is missing all together. The additional material is nothing almost, just a short video in which Thalia lip-synchs the song and a "Best Kisses" special (which I didn't watch).
All together, I give it three stars. If you like telenovelas in DVD, Rosalinda is an okay one.
It is 550 minutes long and it has an English subtitle option.
Rosalinda comes in two DVDs, both two-sided and is divided into 16 chapters.
Is it subtitled in English?
Lavendar | Dubai, UAE | 10/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I want to buy this collection but is it subtitled in English for I don't speak or understand Latin? If there is someone who could answer me regarding that."
Katina Mellado | Australia | 04/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Quality wise is very good, pity that it had to "made" fit in 2 DVDs so it has been "trimmed" a lot."