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  • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie
  • Directors: Gregory Nava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 1997
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (665 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0J0CY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This 1997 film, well directed by Gregory Nava, was the film that propelled Jennifer Lopez on to stardom. She is nothing short of sensational in this film. She is Selena!
The film recounts the brief life of Selena Quintanilla Perez (Jennifer Lopez), a life that was built around her father's broken dreams. Her father (Edward James Olmos) had himself had a band in his youth called "Los Dinos". Now a married man with children, his dreams have stalled along the wayside. When he realizes, however, that his young daughter has some musical talent, he builds a band around her, "Selena and Los Dinos", and begins living vicariously through her.
Under the watchful eye of her martinet father, years of forced, musical practices and life on the road follow. Loving, possessive, and controlling, he succeeds in almost losing her, when she marries her guitarist without her father's permission. They reconcile, however, and he places Selena on the path to stardom, a tejano sensation on the cusp of becoming a crossover musical star. Unfortunately, her path crosses that of a fan, Yolanda Saldivar, whom Selena befriends, only to have her be the one who cuts her down in her prime.
Jennifer Lopez is sensational as Selena, big booty and all. She charms. She beguiles. She entertains. She is every inch the star. This has been her best role, and her performance is stellar. She should have won an award for her performance, because she most certainly deserved one for her portrayal of Selena. It is unfortunate that her acting career has been downhill ever since.
Edward James Olmos is perfect as Abraham Quintanilla, the father who pushed his daughter to heights that he had dreamed for himself but had been unable to reach. His performance is powerful and rich.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
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First off, I would just like to say that the movie was a box-office success, I have no Idea were people get the idea that it wasnt!
Well, now that that is out of the way, "Selena" was an incredible piece of work! From the very beginning where her last Houston concert was re-created I could tell that Jennifer Lopez did the best, she acts so much like the real Selena, it really amazed me!
The films major pluses are the fact that her killer is not in it that much, becuase the film has to do with her life, and not about a killer that everyone would rather forget existed. Secondly, the fact that the movie did not go into what happened after Selena died, when a movie comes out about the life of a legend, it should stick to her life and not to what happened after she died.
The DVD version is great aside from the GREAT AUDIO and PICTURE , "Selena" comes in both Pan and Scan and Widescreen formats which is great for me cuase I really like alternating. And the Menus make it more enjoyable and interesting.
"Selena" was a remarkable film! Although I do think that the fans that knew her in life will relate to it more, It will touch everyones hearts if they see it for what it really is: A loving and humble tribute to Selena and her fans.(See the ending to see what Im talking about)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SC on October 31, 2002
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First, I was skeptical about Jennifer Lopez's big-screen debut as the slain Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla. The movie was heartfelt, realistic (Selena did come to life!) and I loved all the characters, especially Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos), Marcela (Constance Marie) and Chris (Jon Seda), who all contributed to bringing Selena's spirit and music to life. I also give huge props to the Young Selena (Rebecca Lee Meza). The film had me in tears at the end and the storyline was sentimental and sweet, not trashy. A very well-produced, great movie! I don't care if people though that because Jennifer Lopez was Puerto Rican, she shouldn't have been playing a person of Mexican lineage, but she did a wonderful job to bring Selena's music and spirit back to life! I like the fact that Selena's father Abraham was the executive producer of the movie so he could be positive to sustain the dignity and memory of Selena. Viviras Selena!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1998
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As I watched Selena in a dark and empty movie theatre, I cried. I cried throughout the entire film. BUT, the majority of the movie was not sad. So why was I crying? Because as I watched the movie, and fell in love with Selena ( I had not heard about her until after her death), it became harder and harder to know what the outcome of the movie would be. It hurts me to think that such a beautiful and innocent person like Selena could be alive right now, enjoying a singing career, having a life with Chris and possibly children. It hurts that one woman, just ONE woman, ended a life that could have been so much. The thought of the movie still mesmorizes me. Whenever I drive past a DAYS INN motel, I literally get goosbumps all over. I think about Selena everyday. This wonderful movie helped me to appreciate my latino roots and to really just enjoy being alive. I recommend that anyone who has not seen this movie go see it now. You have my word that you will love it. It will touch you, in every way that a person can be touched. May God bless you, and our reigning Tejano queen, on this Christmas day.
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Why a re-release?
It's been 10 years since the film was released, so I figure that's why. I'm hoping they are adding to it, because I haven't replaced my VHS with the DVD because I assumed that they were going to rerelease it with more features.
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