La Bamba

La Bamba

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Director: Luis Valdez

Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna de Soto

     
 

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La Bamba, Luis Valdez's biopic of rock pioneer Ritchie Valens, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitlesSee more details below

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La Bamba, Luis Valdez's biopic of rock pioneer Ritchie Valens, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental features include a biography of the cast and filmmakers and a theatrical trailer. The sound on the disc captures the rock & roll songs beautifully, making this disc interesting viewing for any fan of rock films.

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A somewhat syrupy rendering of real-life rags-to-riches rock and roller Ritchie Valens, La Bamba is both heartwarming and tragic. Lou Diamond-Phillips gives an energetic performance as the Mexican-American Valens; his acclaimed work in the film ultimately proved a double-edged sword, as the actor was largely unable to eclipse this performance in subsequent films. La Bamba's script extrapolates freely from the actual life and events surrounding Valens, but the end result is a pretty sound story that makes for a solid film. The music, provided primarily by Mexican-American rockers Los Lobos, helped their re-make of "La Bamba" chart on Billboard thirty-odd years after its initial release. Supporting performances by Marshall Crenshaw as Buddy Holly and Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran lend the film even greater rock and roll credibility. The story that ended tragically in a plane crash claiming the lives of Valens, the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly informed a new generation of their legacy and was a hit at the box office.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
UPC:
0043396085497
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
13,115

Special Features

Director, Producer and Cast Audio Commentary; Taylor Hackford and Daniel Valdez Audio Commentary; La Bamba music video (Los Lobos); Lonely Teardrops music video (Howard Huntsberry); Remembering Richie featurette; Theatrical Trailer; Bios and Filmographies; Languages: English (2-Channel Surround and 5.1), Spanish 4-Channel; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Widescreen Format

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lou Diamond Phillips Ritchie Valens
Esai Morales Bob Morales
Rosanna de Soto Connie Valenzuela
Elizabeth Peña Rosie Morales
Danielle von Zerneck Donna Ludwig
Joe Pantoliano Bob Keene
Marshall Crenshaw Buddy Holly
Rick Dees Ted Quillin
Howard Huntsberry Jackie WIlson
Brian Setzer Eddie Cochran
Daniel Valdez Lelo
Connie Alvarez Farm Worker
Junie Lowry-Johnson Actor
Bob Morales Actor
Irma Valcorta Farm Worker
Mrs. Connie Valenzuela Actor
Eddie Frias Chino
Mike Moroff Mexican Ed
Geoffrey Rivas Rudy
Sam Anderson Mr. Ludwig
Maggie Gwinn Mrs. Ludwig
Jeffrey Alan Chandler Alan Freed
Stephen Lee Big Bopper
John Quade Bartender
Diane Rodriguez Ernestine
Ernesto Hernandez Garbage Man
Noble Willingham Howard
Kim Sebastian Donna's Girlfriend
Dyana Ortelli Donna's Girlfriend
Tony Genaro Mr. Caballero
Allison Robinson Girl at Party

Technical Credits
Luis Valdez Director,Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Stuart Benjamin Executive Producer
Alan C. Blomquist Production Designer
Bill Borden Producer
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Don Brochu Editor
Vince Cresciman Production Designer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Taylor Hackford Producer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Lobos Score Composer
Carlos Santana Score Composer,Songwriter
Curt Sobel Score Composer
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Valdez Associate Producer
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:19]
2. Opening credits [1:42]
3. The Venezuela family [1:16]
4. Richie & Rob [2:46]
5. Bob & Rosie [5:08]
6. Donna [2:20]
7. "Rip It Up" [8:41]
8. Garage party [4:44]
9. Cowboy Palace [7:01]
10. "Ooh! My Head" [1:42]
11. "Framed" [2:41]
12. A drive with Donna [2:32]
13. Bob Keene [2:36]
14. "This I Swear" [2:25]
15. Telling his dream [3:15]
16. "Come On, Let's Go" [2:27]
17. Richie Valens [11:09]
18. "La Bamba" (traditional) [6:06]
19. "Donna" [3:41]
20. Dream Car [2:50]
21. American Bandstand [5:16]
22. "Summertime Blues" [1:50]
23. "Lonely Teardrops" [2:21]
24. "La Bamba" [8:44]
25. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" [3:28]
26. Buddy Holly Airlines [1:39]
27. The day the music died [3:35]
28. End credits [4:00]

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