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Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2014/Music Box DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C+ Film: C+

Based on the famous novel The Alchemist, which sold 165 million copies and catapulted author Paulo Coelho, into super stardom he went on an extravagant journey to find himself and his voice as a writer, Daniel Augusto's Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2014, told here in narrative form) follows him as his life took bizarre turns as he barely escaped madness, fell in love, and toured in Brazil making Rock 'N Roll history.

This biography documentary gives us time with and living background to the man and is not forced, but might not be for everyone. It holds up on its own enough, but is one of those rare releases where you really get more by reading the book without it filling the holes of a bad narrative or documentary film. The film has great acting, good cinematography and an interesting narrative that is pretty solid throughout.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track in Portuguese with English and Spanish subtitles, the film looks and sounds fine on DVD, but could benefit to a Blu-ray release.

Extras include...

The Road to Santiago featurette

Special Effects and Makeup featurette

Interviews with Cast Members including Julio Andrade and Paz Vega

And a Theatrical Trailer along with advertisements for other Music Box releases.

If you're a fan of the author or his work, then you won't want to miss this interesting look at his life. Even if you aren't, you'll still find an interesting narrative brought to life by good filmmaking and a solid cast.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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