El Cantante

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Overview

Pop icon Marc Anthony steps into the role of Salsa superstar Hector Lavoe in this biopic that follows the singer from his early career success as a Puerto Rican teen sensation to his later status as a New York City Latin idol while also documenting his ongoing struggle against drug and alcohol addiction. Actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez co-stars as Puchi; Lavoe's longtime muse and love interest.
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Overview

Pop icon Marc Anthony steps into the role of Salsa superstar Hector Lavoe in this biopic that follows the singer from his early career success as a Puerto Rican teen sensation to his later status as a New York City Latin idol while also documenting his ongoing struggle against drug and alcohol addiction. Actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez co-stars as Puchi; Lavoe's longtime muse and love interest.
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Special Features

The sound and the heat of El Cantante; Feature commentaries with director Leon Ichaso and writers Todd Anthony Bello and David Darmstaedter
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • UPC: 794043110825
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,865

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marc Anthony Hector Lavoe
Jennifer Lopez Puchi
John Ortiz Willie Colon
Manny Perez Eddie
Vincent Laresca Ralph
Federico Castelluccio Jerry Masucci
Nelson Vasquez Johnny Pacheco
Antone Pagan
Jack Mulcahy
Ismael Miranda
Victor Manuelle
Christopher Becerra
Bernard Hernandez
Jared Everleth
Leon Ichaso
Technical Credits
Leon Ichaso Director, Screenwriter
Todd Anthony Bello Original Story, Screenwriter
Julio Caro Producer
Claudio Chea Cinematographer
Willie Colon Musical Arrangement
David Darmstaeder Original Story, Screenwriter
David Esparza Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Fields Producer
Sergio George Musical Arrangement
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrés Levin Score Composer
Sharon Lomofsky Production Designer
Jennifer Lopez Producer
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
David Maldonado Producer
Raul Marchand Editor
Ellyn Long Marshall Casting
Nini Mazen Associate Producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Margo Myers Co-producer
Marie E. Nelson Casting
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Nuria Sitja Makeup
David Tedeschi Editor
Maria Torres Choreography
David "Wex" Wechsler Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cantante
1. Opening Sequence [7:40]
2. Better Days [6:21]
3. Happy Birthday [7:06]
4. First Night [6:48]
5. Putit Away [7:13]
6. I Now Pronounce [7:08]
7. 1973 [7:59]
8. Famous [6:37]
9. The Last Time [7:42]
10. Back at It [5:48]
11. El Cantante [:47]
12. Reunion [7:27]
13. 1987 [6:46]
14. Impossible [7:54]
15. Rained Out [8:40]
16. End Credits [6:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cantante
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   Special Features
      Feature Commentary by Writer/Director Leon Ichaso
      Feature Commentary by Writers David Darmstaeder and Todd Antony Bello
      Deleted Scene: Say No to Drugs
      The Sound and the Heat of El Cantante
      Theatrical Trailer
      Sneak Peeks
   Set Up
      Audio Optimized For DVD - No Re-Equalization Required: DTS Digital Surround 5.1
      Audio Optimized For DVD - No Re-Equalization Required: Stereo Surround Sound
      Audio Optimized For DVD - No Re-Equalization Required: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
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   DVD-ROM/Online Features
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie about Salsa

    For those who enjoy Salsa, El Cantante portrays the movement from its Fania roots. The music is excellent and Marc Anthony delivers an amazing performance as Hector Lavoe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tour de Force for Jennifer Lopez

    EL CANTANTE missed in the theater run, perhaps because the public is growing weary of 'little person makes good, becomes a celebrity, and aborts a successful life in favor of drugs' stories. But now that the film is available for DVD viewing in the home, the public can appreciate the very fine qualities of this surprise work. And it may not be too late for an Oscar nod for Jennifer Lopez... The film is based on the life of Hector Lavoe (Marc Anthony), the Puerto Rican King of Salsa who gained fame and stardom in the 1970s and 1980s as not only a talented singer but also as a charismatic 'man of the people'. His rise to fame is related in a tremendously effective black and white late in life interview with Hector's wife Puchi (a brilliant role for Jennifer Lopez!) offering in flashback sequences the rise and fall of the King of Salsa, a life cut short by both drug abuse and AIDS. Much of the film is devoted to musical sequences that bristle with the excitement of Salsa music and Anthony carries his role as Lavoe very well. The cast is uniformly excellent with some fine new faces. Write/director Leon Ichaso lets the drama slip a bit in favor of the music, but still the performance of Jennifer Lopez as the smart but sleazy, tacky and wise Puchi is dynamite. The film is far more solid than expected: the opportunity for Lopez to demonstrate her talent is well worth watching. Grady Harp

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    Posted May 10, 2010

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