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Selena Blu-ray Review

Selena

The acting elevates “Selena.”

Written and directed by Gregory Nava, “Selena” is a 1997 biopic about the late Mexican-American music star Selena Quintanilla-Perez whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 23. The film primarily covers her family, her rise to stardom, and her romance with lead guitarist (Chris Perez).

Biopics tend to stick to a formula (especially those focused on troubled artists), but “Selena” at least takes a different approach. Gregory Nava’s film chooses to celebrate the life of the talented musician rather than focusing on her dark end. I applaud this choice, but unfortunately, the script itself is severely lacking. The soap opera style drama, the standard biopic cliches, and the surface level exploration of who Selena was as a person really let the film down from a narrative perspective. Granted, her family dynamic tended to be the focus (which was certainly the story’s strong suit), but sometimes it felt like Selena was taking a backseat in her own movie. 

Where the movie really shines is with the acting. This film essentially introduced the world to Jennifer Lopez and made her a household name. She really shows how talented and charismatic she is as a performer and an entertainer. The best performance though comes from the always great Edward James Olmos who plays Selena’s loving but sometimes controlling father/manager/failed musician Abraham. His character has the most depth and story in “Selena” and Olmos takes full advantage of the weighty role. 

Note: This Blu-ray disc contains the theatrical and extended cut of “Selena.” The extended version runs 6 minutes longer.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.4:1 1080p. How does it look? Fans can expect  a quality hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is an strong 5.1 track that really comes alive during the concert sequences. 

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer
* “Outtakes”- These are actually deleted scenes (12 minutes worth in fact)
* “Selena: Queen Of Tejano”- A 19 minute featurette on the real Selena that features interviews with her family members.
* “The Making Of Selena: 10 Years Later”- An insightful half-hour making of doc that features film clips, interviews with Selena family members and those that worked with on the film, discussions about how the film came about, and more.

June 16, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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