Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

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Overview

Relive the glamour and romance of the Batista regime with this sequel to the smash-hit Dirty Dancing, which gets a robust release on DVD. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Among the disc's bonus features...
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Overview

Relive the glamour and romance of the Batista regime with this sequel to the smash-hit Dirty Dancing, which gets a robust release on DVD. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Among the disc's bonus features are a commentary track from the film's producers and choreographers, a short documentary on the making of the film, a collection of deleted scenes, a look at the creation of the movie's dance sequences, multi-angle viewing options for the dance scenes, and a music video for the song "Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)" by Yerba Buena.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Yerba Buena music video "Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)"; "Baila! A Dance Piece," featuring Diego Luna's and Romola Garai's dance auditions, rehearsals, interviews, and more; Multi-angle dance sequences; "Inside Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" behind-the-scenes piece with cast and crew interviews; Deleted scenes; Commentary with co-producer/choreographer and producer; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen feature; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It's not really fair to expect this sequel to live up to the surprise 1987 blockbuster, a true sensation both in its original theatrical engagements and later during its home video rollout. But Havana Nights has considerable merit, not only in its exhilarating dance sequences but also in its depiction of Cuba in the days immediately prior to the 1958 revolution that swept Fidel Castro into power. Director Guy Ferland brings that turbulent period in the tiny island's history to life, replicating the settings and costumes with unusual accuracy. Romola Garai portrays American teenager Katey Miller, whose well-to-do family enjoys its stay in Cuba without really being aware of the turmoil that will soon lead to armed insurrection. A chance meeting with talented dancer Javier Diego Luna, a local youth working as a waiter in a big hotel, inspires Katey to train for an upcoming dance competition at a Havana nightspot. Her overprotective mother Sela Ward objects, but a bigger problem for the young lovers is the connection of Javier's brother to the rebel uprising -- a connection that endangers his entire family. While Garai and Luna may not have the chemistry that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had in the original Dirty Dancing, they certainly look great in the big production numbers, which are well staged, inventively shot, and suitably sizzling. And that, after all, is what we really want from a movie like this one.
All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The producers of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights have a shrewd strategy in remaking the original 1987 hit for a modern audience. The plot is essentially the same (good girl away from home meets bad boy, he teaches her to dance, and they fall in love despite parental objection) and follows a similar arc, ensuring that all the emotional buttons pushed by the prototype are touched upon again. Setting the new film in Cuba at the height of the Castro revolution helps camouflage the redundancy, and gives Havana Nights an ethnic flavor that makes room for an urban-oriented soundtrack from high-profile artists like Wyclef Jean, Mya, and Christina Aguilera. Indeed, the music in the film sounds entirely modern, produced with fat beats and even the occasional rap interlude, often negating the film's 1958 time frame. It doesn't matter, however, because for a lightweight musical, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights does just fine, with an attractive, appealing cast and lots of movement. The film rounds all the bases in record time, bringing leads Romola Garai and Diego Luna together within the first five minutes and painting each supporting character with a wide brush for instant identification. While director Guy Ferland dares to preface the story with "Based on true events," there isn't much history to be found, and often the impending revolution is forgotten among montage sequences of the two young lovers dancing on beaches and in nightclubs. The politics of the era are used mainly to establish a sense of conflict and tragedy for Luna's Xavier, who lost a father to the unjust government and is chastised by his firebrand brother for consorting with the Americans. So don't expect Havana Nights to get into any ideology, because all it wants to do is dance, which it does, constantly. Patrick Swayze pops up briefly to show Garai some steps and give her a pep talk on "facing her fears," Sela Ward is the mother who left her dream of professional dance behind to bear children, and the Cuban population is so hot-blooded that they do their dirty dancing everywhere, slithering against each other without shame through the streets with hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas providing the beat. The very predictability of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is its strongest asset, providing a low-impact love story for teenyboppers and romance novel readers. Anyone with an interest in Cuban history or expecting lots of authentic Latin music should probably steer clear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • UPC: 012236132035
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,301

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diego Luna Javier Suarez
Romola Garai Katey Miller
Sela Ward Jeannie Miller
John Slattery Bert Miller
Jonathan Jackson James Phelps
January Jones Eve
Mika Boorem Susie Miller
René Lavan Carlos Suarez
Mya Harrison Lola Martinez
Diego Alvarez Rafael Suarez
Ricardo Alvarez Miguel
Alia Maria Alvarez Chabe Suarez
Roy T. Anderson st
Angélica Aragón Alma Suarez
Yessenia Benavîdes Esmerelda
Matt Birman stc
Yvonne Caro Caro check-in-lady
Debbie Casteñeda girl in club
Chris Colombo st
Wilmer Cordero teacher
Polly Cusumano Polly
Freddie De Arce General Ramirez
Guillermo De Cun palace M.C.
César Detrés Raoul
Lawrence Duffy Mr. Phelps
Chris Engen Steph
Luis Gonzaga Arturo
Heather Headley rosa negra singer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Dance intructor's partner
Shawn Kane country club singer
Tommy Kavelin Señor Alonso
Modesto Lacen Ramon
Richard E. Lange chaperone
Jerry D. Medina palace singer
Angel "Cucco" Peña Julio Daviel
Mary Portser Mrs. Phelps
Donato Poveda Troubador
David Rittenhouse country club singer
Charlie Rodriquez Grandpa Suarez
Marisol Padilla Sanchez Yolanda
Manny Siverio st
Pedro Bermúdez Singer
Anthony Carillo Singer
Alfredo Copello Singer
Victor Copello Singer
Israel Cruz Singer
Jean M. Diáz Singer
Felix Escobar Singer
Rafael López Singer
Blake Neely Conductor
Ernesto "Koko Bongo" Roldán Singer
Pablo "El Indio" Rosario Singer
Eduardo Saborit Singer
Justino Sanchez Singer
Technical Credits
Guy Ferland Director, Screenwriter
Victoria Arch Screenwriter
Lori Ayala-Read Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Bass Screenwriter
Lawrence Bender Producer
Jennifer Berman Executive Producer
Theresa Carriker-Thayer Art Director
Tim Chau Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Cohen Executive Producer
Luis Colina Editor
Sandi Figueroa Costumes/Costume Designer
Zina Torres Figueroa Set Decoration/Design
Carola D. Gonzaléz Costumes/Costume Designer
Pamela Gray Screenwriter
Sarah Green Executive Producer, Producer
Kate Gunzinger Original Story, Screenwriter
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Trish Hofmann Co-producer
Anthony Janelli Camera Operator
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography, Co-producer
Julie Kirkham Co-producer
Christina Kline Musical Direction/Supervision
Zoraida Sanjurjo Lopez Casting
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Amir J. Malin Executive Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Isis Messenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Morris Associate Producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Noe Co-producer
John Nyomarkay Art Director
Julie Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Bob Osher Executive Producer
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Luma Pictures Special Effects
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Mitzy Ann Ramirez Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
George Richmond Camera Operator
Scott Richter Editor
Peter Sagal Original Story, Screenwriter
Jorge A. Santana Consultant/advisor
Jonathan Starch Asst. Director
Rick Tiedeman Camera Operator
Grisel Torres Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Varrieur Camera Operator
Loida Viera Costumes/Costume Designer
Boaz Yakin Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Arrival in Cuba
2. A New Life
3. Streets of Havana
4. A New Kind of Dancing
5. The Country Club
6. La Rosa Negra
7. Home Safe
8. Dance Class
9. A Lesson in Politics
10. Learning to Dance Together
11. You Have to Face Your Fear
12. Fluid Motion
13. Be Who You Want to Be
14. "We're All Going to the Palace!"
15. Latin Dance Contest
16. Repercussions
17. New Year's Eve Finals
18. A Revolution Begins
19. "I Can Make a Difference Here"
20. King and Queen/End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Set Up
      5.1 Dolby Digital
      2.0 Dolby Digital
      Producer and Choreographer Commentary
      English Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Special Features
      Producer and Choreographer Commentary
         Co-Producer and Choreographer JoAnn Jansen and Producer Sara Green - Play Movie With Commentary? - Yes
         Co-Producer and Choreographer JoAnn Jansen and Producer Sara Green - Play Movie With Commentary? - No
      Multi-Angle Dance Sequences
         Preview
            Dance Couple #1
            Dance Couple #2
         Dance Couple #1
         Dance Couple #2
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Family Arrives at Hotel
         Mom Interrupts Katey and Dad's Dance
         Katey Searches for Javier
         Mom and Katey Discuss Fitting In
         Katey and Javier Kiss on the Beach
         Mom Gives Javier a Gift
         Katey Looks for the Ladies' Room
         Mom Gives Katey a Gift
         Couples #1 and #2 at Dance Contest
         Family Drives Back to Hotel
      Baila! A Dance Piece
      Inside Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
      Music Video: "Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)" by Yerba Buena
      Trailers
      DVD Credits
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing Havana Nights

    Enjoyable,great dancing,couple had awesome chemistry...a real take u away to romance movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DIEGO LUNA= *DROOL*

    Dirty Dancing Havana Nights is an amazing movie. I've never watched the original, but I don't think I want to now. The whole story depicts what teens have to go through everyday..the mixed feelings. Diego Luna is also incredibly hot. He's a good actor, as well. lol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tamara-the dancer

    This is definitely one of the best movies ever made!I was absolutely fascinated when I saw it,not to mention I immidiatelly started dancing all around the house (though I had no clue!)but now I really learned some steps and I can say i'm nearly as good as Romola Garai and Diego Luna!!! Dirty dancing 4ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do you only wanna dance?

    What can I say.WOW!this movie is absolutley amazing!!I have seen it more than 5 times.I love it so much its #1 on my birthday list and the soundtrack is #2.I can't get enough of Diego Luna and Romola Garia their chemistry is unbreakable.Even if you don't like dancing or whatever watch this movie and I'm sure after you watch you'll want to put on a vintage 50's dress,heels and start moving!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing Havanna Nights

    this is about first loves and letting go but its allso about the history of Cuba and the US

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Movie

    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is an amazing movie, I enjoyed watching it. It may not be like the original version with Patrick Swayze but this movie is better, it depcits the life and times during the 1950's in Cuba. The actors in the movie acted great, the dancing was spectacular. If you are the type of person who loves music filled with songs and dancing this movie is right for you. you will enjoy the music and the dancing, this movie is a must-see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dancing, dancing, dancing...

    The music and the actors are the great hook of the movie. Romola Garai and Diego Luna know how to look like one when dancing....When they leave the dance floor it will be you the one looking forward to going out dancing as soon as possible.Salsa!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all-time favorite movies ever.

    OMG I loved this movie sooo much! It is like my favorite movie. I thought i was really romantic. I loved the music and the dancing. Plus Diego Luna is really hot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie

    omg this is such a good movie and diego is so cute i just love the way he dances WOWOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    how do u dance like that?

    such a good movie! a very big must see. i loves it i wached it like 50 times in 1 day. u knoe how a lot of dancing movies dont have a good story behind all that music and dancing? well this one does have a good theme to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than the orignal

    I love it!!!!!! It's the orignal with a worldly setting and conflict. The dancing was better too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an exhilerating experience

    after seeing this movie I literally became addicted to the exotic vibes it gave off. i would recommend it to anyone who loves dance, music or even simply romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fluffy Entertainment

    If you are looking for a night of entertainment, this is the movie to rent. Although tedious at times, the movie has a fun theme and is good for a little romantic drama. Following the basic storyline of Dirty Dancing, with a few liberties, it follows a girl whose family moves to Havana. She meets a busboy who is a really good Cuban dancer and ends up entering a dance contest with him. I could do without some of the slow-motion shots and cliche lines, but overall this is a very fun and entertaining movie. Patrick Swazye even has a bit part!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!!!!!!!!

    This was a fantastic movie, with great music! It's a fun, laid back movie that was good for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie was Amazing

    This movie is amazing. I loved all of the music and the dancing, it focuses on many different aspects and it is one of my favorite movies. I cannot wait until it comes out on DVD and video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I saw the movie in the theaters and it was awesome! It left me wanting to see it again right away because its such a lovely romantic story. Unfortunately it was taken out of the theaters too soon! I'm waiting patiently for it to finally come out on DVD and I'll be able to watch it over and over. I think it is as great as the original Dirty Dancing and it captures its magic in a different but spectacular way! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a romantic story.

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