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Selena [Import]

4.7 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra, Constance Marie
  • Directors: Gregory Nava
  • Writers: Gregory Nava
  • Producers: Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Carolyn Caldera, David Wisnievitz, Henry J. Golas, Moctesuma Esparza
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 23 1997
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304584229
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Gregory Nava (Why Do Fools Fall In Love?) directs this more-or-less official film biography of the late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez (the film is coproduced by her father), which emphasizes sentimentality over conflict and plays down the star's horrific death at the hands of a deranged fan. Jennifer Lopez is quite good as Selena, whose roots we come to know through the story of her father (Edward James Olmos), a Corpus Christi singer who was rejected by white audiences. The script focuses primarily on Selena's inspiring rise, and it tries to muster some sense of urgent conflict over not-particularly-contentious issues (such as her relationship with a guitarist). But Olmos does a fine job portraying the elder Perez as a possessive sort, and the music and general buoyancy of Lopez's performance are infectious. The unavoidable subject of Selena's killer--a woman who happened to be the president of her fan club--is considerably and oddly downplayed. The film's original widescreen presentation and Dolby soundtrack can be appreciated on the DVD release. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I wasn't familar with the real Selena before this movie (I was a few months short of being 9 years old when she died) and my whole family is mainly white and all my parents listened to when I was growing up was country.
But I saw this movie in 97 when it first came out and I loved this movie. I still love it now almost 18 but it does make me a little sad to think that she was just starting to rise up to the top and fufilling all her goals and then she was killed.
I saw a taping of the real Selena in concert and it made me love this movie more when I saw how dead on they got to the outfits to the little hand moments when she was performing to just the whole presence. So dead on in fact, in a few scenes I doubt you could tell the difference between Jen and Selena. Being the first thing I had ever seen Jennifer Lopez in, it is still my favorite I think only she could pull it off I can't even imagine anyone coming close. I think if they didn't get Jen as Selena it wouldn't be convincing thus not being so popular.
It's a great portrayal of a great artist and I recommend anyone watching it that hasn't. But if you have but don't own it, I recommend buying it.
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I actually didn't see this film until about 6 months ago when it was on tv late one Sunday night. After watching it i was very impressed and went out straightaway the nexy day and purchased a copy on dvd for myself. Jennifer does an outstanding job portraying Selena, so good in fact that whilst i'm watching it i actually forget it's JLO and think it's the real Selena! She perfected Selena's dance moves right down to a T. The Astrodome recreation is perfect and very close to the real thing. I like the film because every scene builds on from the previous one. Every stage of Selena'a life is documented including her most triumphunt moments such as when she won the Grammy, when "Como La Flor" went to number 1 etc. I highly recommend this film to any Selena fans out there- go out and buy yourself a copy right now, you won't be disappointed!!!
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this movie makes me sad! selana was a beautiful singer just becoming popular when i was in junior high then she was tragically killed and her star burned out as fast as it came the movie shows the hardwork of her life growing up traveling and singing with her family only to finally hit it big find love marriage and soon a baby but sadly she was killed by a lunatic obsessed fan jennifer lopezs best acting job by far is in this movie she becomes selena from her gorgeous smile to her funny infantile manner and beautiful voice this movie shows u who selena was an angel
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Having been a Selena fan since before her senseless death, I was so happy to hear a movie about her life was being made. Like everyone else, this film absolutely broke my heart all over again, like the day i found out about her death on 3/31/95.Since then I became a Selena collector. I have so much footage abt her, and have been considered a Selena expert. But unfortanately I have yet to purchase the Selena movie, just because seeing someone else portray her, is unneccesary when there is so much great footage of the real Selena.
Jennnifer Lopez seemed to work really hard on the role, but unfortantely in my opinion had a phoniness appearance to her in the film, also her dancing and movements on stage seemed a bit rough, overly dramatic, and a bit stiff. In my opinion Jennifer lacks a genuinity and charisma that seemed to just flow out of Selena. The scene where Selena wins the grammy and gives her speech, was very different in real life, no where near as sappy. Selena wasnt really like that. On stage Selena was comfortable and graceful and offstage a joking and humble young woman. Maybe Im being biased, but either way I think Edward James Olmos was excellent in the film as well as the actress who played Selena's mother.
The only part of the movie that I love is the end when they play Selena's dreaming of you and you see real clips of her. Therefore i would advise for people wanting to know about Selena to buy the documentary on her Selena Remembered or her last concert, both wonderful and truly touching. Also get her Amor Prohibido and Dreaming of you cd....which are so beautiful just as she was. This woman was absolutely amazingly talented up there with Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Shakira. But unique and maybe more amazing then all three combined. She had the full package, the voice, the dancing, the physical beauty, and the wonderful spirit needed to become an unforgettable entertainer. Unforgotten she is .God bless her soul.
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I just saw this movie for the first time on VH1. Lemme tell you, this has to be one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Don't get me wrong, No one, and lemme stress, NO ONE, could have done a better job than Jen Lopez playing the part of Selena. IT was dead-on perfect, she did at least earn the nomination of a Golden-globe. Right down to the moves and mannerisms of a typical "chicana" from south texas. Edward James Olmos, was out standing in the role of her father. Which, I believe, accurately portrayed him as he is: a controlling "stage-father" who tried to live vicariously through the lives of his children because of his own failed career. The story that I saw in the film seemed to be a very sanitized version of what and who Selina was through the eyes of what AB wanted us to think who she was. I mean really???? Who wrote this script? I can just imagine him laboring over the script and TELLING the director some sort of fabrication in order to pass out what he wanted the audience to believe about selena. Judging from the script, it was Selena's life according to AB.
Jon Seda's part as Chris? Dead on typicall South Texas Tex-Mex adolescent who couldn't express his feelings to save his life. Aloof and dull. I should know, I grew up surrounded by them. Trying to act tough and never being able to articulate anything much deeper than what was in front of their plate.
Don't stone me just yet, Selena's music and life are a true tragic fairy tale. Her influence on Latin music and Tejano music will definately be felt for decades to come. She was an unbelievably talented star whose life was cut much too short by a severely mentally ill person. We'll never know just how much of an impact she would have made, had she lived to see the Latin explosion that came in 97-2000.
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