The Complete Ritchie Valens
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- Audio chapter includes every studio master take performed by Ritchie, digitally remastered from the original master tapes
- Interactive chapter allows the viewer to browse through dozens of photos, letters, and mementos from Ritchie's short life
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Those interviewed were two sisters who were very young at the time of his fame, sister-in-law Rosie who was married to the brother, who so memorably was played by Esai Morales for the "La Bamba" movie. Others interviewed included a journalist on the scene, a member of Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets, Bob Keane from Delfi Records who discovered him, and a few local DJs.
You learn that Ritchie was very dedicated to making music. According to the family, he displayed a love of music very early. He was generous, kind and happy. When fame hit, he was said to be full of energy and had a great attitude.
You will see some footage and snapshots of family, performances, and the crash site. A color pamphlet is also included.
The treat on this DVD is the Audio Program that plays his entire discography, 28 songs. Throughout the country, probably only a handful are still played.
Although produced as low budget, this 2000 DVD documentary was enlightening. The interviews were done amateurishly and that also includes the settings. Splicing of tape for the interviews is obvious with minimal distraction. We can feel the anguish his brother has today, as he shares some regret. And not to diminish the pain the family carries today, but at times the brother is inaudible. .....This DVD is informative! .....Rizzo
Ritchie was so poor that he had to almost train himself on playing the guitar. His family and friends were always right behind him throughout his life. Hearing about Bob Keane's mishaps in the record business before working hard to create the company that discovered Valens was motivational and you still get a sense that the movie/music industry being crooked isn't a new concept. But the difference is that many artists back then didn't get professional advice when trying to get their hard earned $$.
The scene where the family recalls the hell that they went throug with the grief they have held all these years. I lost my brother 3 years ago as violently as Ritchie's death and the video all brought back memories to me. Just be prepared that if you have lost a friend or loved one, especially to a violent death then you might want to take it easy when it gets to the track talking about the aftermath. I had some tears forming by my eyes when I was listening to Ritchie's older brother Bob talking about his reactions when he heard the news Ritchie had been killed.
But do watch this DVD, and if you are in the mood check out the book "Ritchie Valens:The First Latino Rocker" by Beverly Mendheim.
The only negative thing I can say about it is that the music buries the interviews in most points, otherwise - perfecto!
Thank You for a great story about Ritchie Valens.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We danced to we belong together,stay beside me and two songs on stage at the kato ballroom in Mankato mn.2-1-1959 . Ritchie died just 24 hours later.Published 24 months ago by JOYCE NEEGAARD
Came in excellent condition for being used. The dvd has no problems playing and I'm very pleased with it. Excellent buy.Published on November 25, 2013 by cassie
you made it sound like a lot of video . it was all talk. what a waste of money.return my money.Published on August 25, 2013 by DAVID
I love this documentary. I became totally obsessed with Ritchie Valens lately although I've seen La Bamba over 20 years ago (I loved it too then, and still do now)
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This is a very good and interesting dvd since it not only humanizes the real Ritchie Valens but also offers a bit about how the music industry operated back in the 50s. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by E. Sadowski
I found this documentary to be one of the best,that I have seen-as far as family input is concerned.You did not get this in the Labamba movie. Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Brian Shelton
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