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For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story
     

For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story

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Director: Joseph Sargent, Andy Garcia, Mía Maestro, Gloria Estefan

Cast: Joseph Sargent, Andy Garcia, Mía Maestro, Gloria Estefan

 

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The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer on For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story is surprisingly strong for a feature that originally aired on HBO. The black levels are solid, and the colors are bright and clear in the various settings of the story. From the dark colors of the nightclub stage to the muted colors of the Cuban landscape, this transfer

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The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer on For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story is surprisingly strong for a feature that originally aired on HBO. The black levels are solid, and the colors are bright and clear in the various settings of the story. From the dark colors of the nightclub stage to the muted colors of the Cuban landscape, this transfer presents them all impressively. Wonderful music dominates the sounds of this film, and the 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer on this disc brings it to life in grand fashion. While the sounds of Arturo's blaring trumpet echo through the soundtrack, it helps to illustrate his talents and make the story more touching. This audio transfer also works well within the longer dialogue scenes, as they remain clear and easily understandable. The Dolby Surround track supports the music decently, but lacks the depth to bring all the sounds of the band together. While the bonus features on this disc aren't extensive, they are well done and do supplement the film nicely. "The Making of For Love or Country" takes a brief, 12-minute look at the production of the movie, with the focus on the real-life Arturo Sandoval. The featurette does include narration that borders on being overly promotional, but it remains interesting because of comments by Sandoval and other musicians like Chick Corea. The cast and crew section includes a decent amount of biographical information, along with the usual filmographies. The notes about Sandoval are especially a nice touch, and they present the facts that inspired this emotional story.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
UPC:
0026359176920
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Chapter selections; Cast and crew bios; Language and subtitle selections; Behind the scenes

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Main Title/ Introduction [6:57]
2. Seeking Asylum [4:27]
3. Jamming [7:59]
4. "The Love of My Life" [9:26]
5. Lovers [10:33]
6. Quality Time [4:08]
7. A Matter of Trust [9:17]
8. Tying the Knot [4:43]
9. Dizzy Gillespie [12:21]
10. Sparks of a Revolution [8:37]
11. Fear of Shutdown [:10]
12. The Verdict [10:34]
13. Difficult Decisions [10:20]
14. "They're Asking Questions!" [5:54]
15. Homecoming/ Epilogue [6:48]

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For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RoseFitz More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie to learn more about the music and the life of Arturo Sandoval. This film was made as a labor of love by Andy Garcia who stars in the title role with guest appearances by Gloria Estefan and Charles S. Dutton who plays the great Dizzy Gillespie, who helped Sandoval and his family emigrate to the United States from Cuba in 1993. Note that all the music performed in the movie was performed by Sandoval and there is a great interview with Arturo Sandoval included in the DVD as well. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an exceptional movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. It captured the essence of the Latin culture and the difficulties encountered in Cuba. The music was incredibly moving...it actually speaks to your heart. I would recommend it.
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