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On August 26th, 1971 New York City gave birth to a sound that would change the face of Latin music forever. That evening at the renowned Cheetah Nightclub, The FANIA ALL-STARS hit the stage with their unique sound that would echo across all borders and reach all countries. The music that was played that night would forever change Latin music. This film, shot all over Spanish Harlem in New York City, explores the musical celebrations of the city's Puerto Rican population. Among the many artists featured are Johnny Pacheco, Pete 'El Conde' Rodriguez, and Ismael Miranda. Featuring mostly musical performances, this Spanish-language film has English subtitles for the few occasions when a narration is provided. One of the delights of this film is the uncensored glimpse it gives into this lively and highly musical community. This free form film classic is now fully remastered with much improved sound. Now available 40 years later and more relevant than ever.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Fania All Stars, Ray Barretto, Hector Lavoe
  • Directors: Fania
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fania
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058DVCG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Torres-Vazquez on June 15, 2011
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I was happy to receive the DVD so quickly and immediately viewed with my husband. Although this is an old documentary from the 70's, the quality of the film was not what I expected. I believe there was quite a bit of editing done. As I recall, there was a scene immediately following the Cuban-African Santeros that segueys into Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz singing "Ahora Vengo Yo" at the club (Cheetah, I think). Also, there is another scene where a "wino" is on the streets and he's telling one of the Fania All-Stars recording artist that he's trying to protect his pal from being robbed. Lastly, there is a scene with Hector Lavoe (or Ismael Miranda)entering a Botanica that sells "cosas de Espiritismo". Both Hector and the owner talk about a woman in Puerto Rico who helped the owner with his women problems. As a Latina who is truly proud of her heritage, culture and country (Puerto Rico) I know this sounds bizarre but I do remember what events occurred in this documentary. Despite my dissapointment, I will cherish this copy of the documentary but will research to see if I can get my hands on the "original, original".

What a shame that it was not digitally re-mastered and have all the segments left in tact.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Orlando E. Leon on May 7, 2009
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Seen in the 70's in Puerto Rico. Great documentary about the latinos (especially puertorricans). It brings a lot of memories of costumbres & salsa greats. I have been looking for more than 20 years & I can not find it. Hope they decide to put the movie on the market again. I am completely sure that is going to sell like "pan caliente". Ah the 70's ,wished I could stayed living there. There was a lot more of respect & morals. A whole different atmosphere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By La Bruja Aredes on September 10, 2011
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The Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz performance is missing. Quality of the video is poor. Sound is poor. Anyway the film is a classic and a must have for salsa souls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By riobue on June 19, 2013
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Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa) 40th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD Cuando ví que tenían este DVD en Amazon lo compre inmediatamente. Pero al ver su contenido fue bastante decepcionante. Pués no me explico como con tanta tecnología no pudieron editar la caliadad del video y del audio que sinceramente deja bastante que desear. Me parece que es mejor comprar el VHS y digitalizarlo uno mismo
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I have been waiting for Nuestra Cosa Latina (Our Latin Thing) to be released for about ten years, now. I first saw a clip of the late, great salsero Hector Lavoe, singing some soaring and fiery vocals, over the tropical rhythms of Fania All Stars (an incomparable salsa collective), with flautist Johnny Pacheco, back in my Ethnomusicology class, at the University of Washington. Even then, it was obvious that this film was a treasure. It makes you feel like you are in the front of the night club, jiving to some son montuno and dancing some "break on two" salsa free style moves. This world, of over forty years ago, no longer exists - even in New York. Yes, salsa is still a fully fledged part of the culture there, and they tried to replicate it on the West Coast (to mixed results), but, this film captures such a beautiful time for music. From the opening scene, showing a small boy making his way down his barrio to be with a group of outdoors musicians, jamming on the steps, to our look inside the night club and of the band recording coros, to the cock fight, to the scene from a local bodega (corner store), we feel the sights, sounds and rich culture of the Nuyoriquen, Caribbean and Latin American experience in New York. When I saw one of the young women, depicted in a street scene, asking for tamarindo syrup on ice, my mouth began to water. Speaking as a first generation Venezuelan-American, just showing scenes of sofrito served over rice, little details like tamarindo syrup and great dialogue (all in Spanish without sub-titles), this is truly an authentic experience you just cannot replicate. The authenticity of this film is felt from the first clip, to the closing dance sequence. One of the subjects interviewed is quoted as saying that Fania All Stars wanted to spread their salsa worldwide. I think that they definitely succeeded, believing behind this limited edition footage for new generations, forty years later. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Reyes on May 28, 2013
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The DVD was not even labeled, nice case but what was in the case was a home made crappy, short with aloit of footage missing.Thumbs V. wATCH THESE GUYS.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora Felix on January 11, 2012
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Well let's see, where do I start; the movie is poorly transfered on to DVD, the colors seem like you need 3D glasses to get any type of focus going on. Also, the sound seems as if it's comming out of a tin can. Having said that there is some classic Salsa stuff on here, like Larry Harlow wearing a Kosher shirt in the Bronx, just kidding a few of the pioneers belt it out and that makes this thing worth whatever it is I paid for it. If this is remastered than I'd hate to see the none remastered version.
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By Charles Papelian on July 1, 2013
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Seeing the greatest Salsa musicians of the 70's was fascinating Hard to sit down and watch without dancing The Bronx street scenes were historical. Charlie
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