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El Norte

The Criterion Collection, Special Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews

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Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It s a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava's groundbreaking El Norte (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called a Grapes of Wrath for our time.

New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Gregory Nava
New audio commentary featuring Nava
In the Service of the Shadows: The Making of El Norte: a new video program featuring interviews with Nava, producer and cowriter Anna Thomas, actors Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez and David Villalpando, and set designer David Wasco
Wall of Silence, a new short documentary by Nava and Barbara Martinez Jitner, concerning the building of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
The Journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva, the 1972 award-winning student film by Nava
Gallery of Chipas location-scouting photographs
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by novelist Héctor Tobar and Roger Ebert's 1983 review of the film


A great film...stunning visual and musical power. --Roger Ebert

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  • Actors: Rodolfo Aleiandre, Sheryl Bernstein, Enrique J. Castillo, Larry Cedar, Diane Civita
  • Directors: Gregory Nava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001ILTUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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