Selena-10th Anniversary Special Ed

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Great movie

by Happy in Az on 8/25/2012

Granddaughter wanted to see the movie so I bought it at a great price also. Excellent movie. Jlo did a great job. Read More

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The nuts and bolts of the irresistibly danceable music called Tejano are pop, rock, polka, R&B and Latin influences. To millions of fans there's another vital ingredient: the dynamic singer Selena. Vibrant and tuneful, Selena is the story of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano where it had never gone-into mainstream America. Pulsating with Selena's voice on the soundtrack and made with the participation of her family, the film brims with authenticity. It excitingly recreates the early life of a little girl who dreamed big, hit the road in the band bus named Big Bertha and whose concerts became electrifying events. In the title rose, Jennifer Lopez is herself electrifying. Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda and others also shine in "a poignant, heartwarming movie that deserves a standing ovation" (Jules Peimer, WKDM-Radio).

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 204973778
UPC 085391154167
UPC 14 00085391154167
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Keywords
Hispanic
Race Relations
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
Tragedy
True Story
Editors Note
Note A celebration of the life of Tejano princess Selena Quintanilla Perez, the rising star who was gunned down by the president of her own fan club in 1995. Amid the racial tensions and economic hardships of 1980's South Texas, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant (himself a failed doo-wop singer) grows up to be a sensation in the blossoming Tejano scene before meeting a tragic end. Light on insight, this biopic revels rather in Selena's on-stage achievements. Selena's father is credited as an executive producer to the film.
Plot Summary
Summary A celebration of the life of Tejano princess Selena Quintanilla Perez, the rising star who was gunned down by the president of her own fan club in 1995. Amid the racial tensions and economic hardships of 1980's south Texas, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant (himself a failed doo-wop singer) grow up to be a sensation in the blossoming Tejano scene before meeting a tragic end. Light on insight, this biopic revels rather in Selena's on-stage achievements. Selena's father is credited as an executive producer to this film.
Reviews
USA Today "...Lopez performs with sizzling stage presence..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 03/21/1997 p.1D
New York Times "...Pleasant to watch....The movie's concert sequences have a fluency and bounce that match the music..." 03/21/1997 p.C16
Entertainment Weekly "...Played with verve, heart, and a great deal of grace by [Lopez]..." 03/28/1997 p.47
Los Angeles Times "...SELENA makes full use of Lopez's charisma..." 03/21/1997 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...SELENA succeeds, through Lopez's performance, in evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman..." 03/21/1997 p.35
Directors
Gregory Nava
Actors
Constance Marie
Lupe Ontiveros
Jackie Guerra
Jennifer Lopez
Cast & Crew
Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. - Executive Producer
Cary White - Production Designer
Constance Marie - Actor
Dave Grusin - Original Music By
Ed Vega - Art Director
Edward James Olmos - Actor
Edward Lachman - Cinematographer
Gregory Nava - Director
Gregory Nava - Writer
Jennifer Lopez - Actor
Jon Seda - Actor
Nancy Richardson - Editor
Robert Katz - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 115416
UPC 00085391154167
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 261 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Nominee (1998) Golden Globe, Jennifer Lopez, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Grammy, Dave Grusin, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television,MTV Award, Jennifer Lopez, Best Breakthrough Performance
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Going into Selena, I didn't know or care much about the life of the late Tex-Mex singer, whose death in 1995 came just as she was attempting to break into the mainstream American pop market...Then along came this movie, and, sitting in a darkened theater, watching Selena's story unfold, my perceptions changed. I not only cared, but understood a measure of the tragedy that had stricken her fans...This movie will serve to further elevate her name and advance her legend. Had she lived, she would have turned twenty-six this year, and people would have said that her whole life was in front of her. But Yolanda Saldivar's gun wrote the final chapter to that book two years ago. Now, there is a beginning, a middle, and, sadly, an end. And, as told by Gregory Nava, with an assist from the Quintanilla family (who were heavily involved in the production), Selena is a shining story.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ``Selena'' brings freshness and heart to the life story of a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas, who had big dreams and was lucky enough to realize almost all of them before her life was cut short...``Selena,'' written and directed by Gregory Nava (``El Norte,'' ``My Family''), places her firmly inside a close, loving family. From the very beginning, ``Selena y Los Dinos'' was a family act, guided by her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), and including sister Susie (Jackie Guerra) on drums and brother Abie (Jacob Vargas) on guitar...``Selena'' succeeds, through Lopez's performance, in evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman. And, like Nava's ``My Family,'' it's insightful in portraying Mexican-American culture as a rich resource with its own flavor and character.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network Selena is sensational!
Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV Terrific fun! A celebration of life.
Jules Peimer, WKDM-Radio ...deserves a standing ovation.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Lopez offers a dynamic, star-making turn...
Mike Clark, USA Today ...Lopez performs with sizzling stage presence...
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