Che

Far from a conventional biopic, Steven Soderbergh’s film about Che Guevara is a fascinating exploration of the revolutionary as icon. Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, Che paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (Benicio del Toro, in a stunning, Cannes-award-winning performance), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to his 1964 United Nations trip to the end of his short life. Composed of two parts, the first a kaleidoscopic view of the Cuban Revolution and the second an all-action dramatization of Che’s failed campaign in Bolivia, Che is Soderbergh's most epic vision.

Film Info

  • Steven Soderbergh
  • France, United States
  • 2008
  • 261 minutes
  • Color
  • Black & White
  • Spanish
  • Spine #496

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital masters, supervised and approved by director Steven Soderbergh, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentaries featuring Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
  • Making “Che,” a new documentary featuring Soderbergh, producer Laura Bickford, actor-producer Benicio del Toro, and writers Peter Buchman and Ben van der Veen
  • Interviews with participants in and historians of the Cuban Revolution and Che’s Bolivian campaign
  • End of a Revolution, a short documentary made in Bolivia right after Che's execution in 1967
  • "Che" and the Digital Cinema Revolution, an original video piece looking at the RED camera and its effect on modern film production
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin

NOTE: _Che: Part One_ appears in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. _Che: Part Two_ appears in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital masters, supervised and approved by director Steven Soderbergh, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentaries featuring Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
  • Making “Che,” a new documentary featuring Soderbergh, producer Laura Bickford, actor-producer Benicio del Toro, and writers Peter Buchman and Ben van der Veen
  • Interviews with participants in and historians of the Cuban Revolution and Che’s Bolivian campaign
  • End of a Revolution, a short documentary made in Bolivia right after Che's execution in 1967
  • "Che" and the Digital Cinema Revolution, an original video piece looking at the RED camera and its effect on modern film production
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin

NOTE: _Che: Part One_ appears in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. _Che: Part Two_ appears in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

New cover by Eric Skillman

Che
Cast
Benicio Del Toro
"Che" Guevara
Demian Bichir
Fidel Castro
Julia Ormond
Lisa Howard
Carlos Bardem
Moisés Guevara
Victor Rasuk
Rogelio Acevedo
Rodrigo Santoro
Raúl Castro
Santiago Cabrera
Camilo Cienfuegos
Vladimir Cruz
Ramiro Valdés Menéndez
Alfredo de Quesada
Israel Pardo
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Aleida March
Credits
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Producer
Laura Bickford
Producer
Benicio Del Toro
Screenplay
Peter Buchman
Screenplay
Benjamin A. van der Veen
Based on Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War by
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Cinematography
Peter Andrews
Music
Alberto Iglesias
Production design
Antxón Gómez
Editing
Pablo Zumárraga
Chief consultant
Jon Lee Anderson

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Steven Soderbergh

Director

In 1989, when he was twenty-six, Steven Soderbergh became the youngest director ever to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. What’s more, he received the honor for his debut, the intense character study sex, lies, and videotape. Soderbergh spent the decade after this auspicious arrival trying out many different kinds of films, from intriguingly off-kilter studio projects like King of the Hill (1993) and Out of Sight (1998) to independent experiments like Schizopolis (1996) and Gray’s Anatomy (1996). Even after winning an Academy Award for the epic Traffic (2000) and continuing to work on bigger-budget Hollywood films like Ocean’s Eleven (2001), this high-profile filmmaker has never lost his drive to make compelling independent cinema, whether large-scale (2008’s Che) or small (2010’s And Everything Is Going Fine).