Diva [WS]


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The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who unlike Andrei wish to profit from the bootlegged recording. They begin to pursue the boy, as do a couple of home-grown hooligans who believe that Jules is in possession of some murder evidence. The serpentine plot leads to a warm friendship between Jules and the reclusive diva - and to a brilliantly photographed (by Philipe Rousselot) motorcycle chase through the subway tunnels of Paris. Diva marked the directorial debut of Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose obvious fondness for the more esoteric techniques of the Nouvelle Vague never impedes his willingness to simply entertain his audiences. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
Anchor Bay
Aspect Ratio
1.66:1  -- Vistavision
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
1 hour, 58 minutes
  • 5 full-range channels. Includes 3 for the front speakers, 2 surround channels for rear speakers, & 1 low-frequency effects (LFE) channel to carry deep bass effects
  • PCM Stereo
  • USA & territories, Canada
  • English
Video Features
  • Digitally mastered transfer approved by director Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Scene-specific audio commentary with Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Interview with Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Interview with director of photography Philippe Rousselot
  • Interview with set designer Hilton McConnico
  • Additional interviews with cast and crew
  • Introduction to interviews by Phil Powrie, author of Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • 16x9 widescreen
  • Remastered French Dolby monaural audio
  • English and Spanish subtitles
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