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When Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens hopped a small plane after a Midwestern concert gig, early rock suffered one of its most striking tragedies. Holly's death in the plane's crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, was an obvious loss given the Texas rocker's international reputation. But Valens, a Pacoima, California, teenager, was much closer to the starting gate, his impact extending to just two national chart hits, the teen ballad "Donna" and his ebullient recasting of a Mexican wedding song, "La Bamba."
Director and playwright Luis Valdez, who had previously examined Southern California's Latino heritage through stage productions, brought a deep well of cultural identification and dramatic empathy to Valens's story. La Bamba thus probes Valens's underlying sense of cultural distance from the mainstream and acknowledges the inevitable racism of its setting, yet it's to everyone's credit that the movie avoids an excessive, revisionist emphasis; Valens's simple joy in music and the relative innocence of the era are felt, even though the script is careful not to sanitize earthier elements. Lou Diamond Phillips makes an impressive debut in the title role, matched by strong performances from Esai Morales and Elizabeth Peña, while the music gets kick started by the shrewd decision to draft Los Lobos to re-create Valens's music. Rock fans will also smile at savvy casting for Valens peers Eddie Cochran (Brian Setzer), Jackie Wilson (Howard Huntsberry), and Holly himself (Marshall Crenshaw). --Sam Sutherland
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Film grain is very apparent throughout the movie, but it seems to be a very common thing in some older films that I've seen transferred over to High Def. I do wish there were more extra features included like on the original DVD release, but for now only the theatrical trailer is on there. On the audio part it's been remastered in glorious 5.1 via DTS and it includes two commentaries and the "music only" track.
Every time I watch this movie I can't help but wonder why it was not nominated for best picture, best supporting actor (Esai Morales), or best supporting actress (Rosanna DeSoto). My suspicions are that it's because it's an all Latino cast in a Mexican American (Chicano) story).
None-the-less, I believe this movie stands the test of time! Thank you Twilight Time for bringing this movie to bluray!
Music by Los Lobos is the ultimate enhancement.
La Bamba covers Ritchie Valens life from his family's days as itinerate fruit pickers in southern California to his tragic death at age 17. As with Gary Busey in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story, La Bamba was Lou Diamond Phillips's breakthrough performance. Unlike Gary Busey, however, Phillips did not do his own singing, but otherwise he was outstanding as Ritchie Valens.
La Bamba is one of those must see films for 1950s rock 'n' roll fans.
Do yourself s favor and relive the memory of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba. Unfortunately, this has only been released as a collectors edition. It should be available for all.
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Los Lobos, a band from East Los Angeles which is prodominately mexican-american or chicano, created the great soundtract to this movie. As you progress through the movie, you have the feeling that you are in 1950's central than southern california time because of how powerful the music and singing are. All vocals sung by lead actor Phillips is really the voice of Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos.
I purchased this as my first movie from Amazon to watch from my pc and xbox.
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