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An amazing biography

by natewatson999 on 10/18/2015

This is a film I'll always recommend to people. The editing is spectacular, especially with how they had to integrate real 3*4 footage of Selena with the 16*9 movie of Jennifer Lopez. The acting is very good from everyone. I feel like the scenes of her murder and the aftermath could have been better, but everything except that is flawless, and the scenes with Selena's dad prior to him getting married could have been removed without affecting the film. However, the music itself is amazingly done, and Jennifer Lopez showed that she can be a fabulous actress when given the opportunity.

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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).

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Studio Warner
SKU 204364792
UPC 085391163268
UPC 14 00085391163268
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
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
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
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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
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Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network Selena is sensational!
Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV 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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