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Jennifer Lopez , Edward James Olmos , Gregory Nava    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lopez at her very best!!!!!!! Feb. 4 2004
By Robert
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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5.0 out of 5 stars the angel selena May 25 2004
By mike g
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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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing woman an amazing portrayal April 24 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Are you serious? April 23 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Selena, a star on earth and in heaven Jan. 3 2004
By Arleen
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I love you Selena Quintanilla-Pérez! This movie is the best! Selena will be missed but never forgoten!
Published 12 days ago by Raffi Mouradian
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy this
I watch it every now and then another tragic loss of life for nothing and such a talent and loving family.
Published 1 month ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Selena
I was in San Atonio & I got go see her & read up on her & I watch the about 4 time sniece i got & love it
Published 3 months ago by Shannon Fehr
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Great movie to see J.Lo at the beginning of her career. She did a great job as Selina. Recommend to purchase this movie.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Selena DVD acheté de Round3
Dans un premier temps, j'ai reçu le DVD Selena que j'ai acheté de round3 en mauvais état de visionnement. Le visionnement de ce DVD reçu est vraiment mauvais. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ginette Descoteaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Selena
J'ai bien reçu le colis, rapidement comme promis. La lecture du DVD c'est bien passer. Triste histoire mais mes amies et moi avons bien aimé notre soirée de... Read more
Published 7 months ago by FORTIN, Ginette
5.0 out of 5 stars Selena
The movie really touched me. Today I'm 26 years old and I didn't know Selena until I watched the movie. Pray for us Selena from up high in Heaven. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Louisa Meeko
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a superstar
Many know that Selena is my all-time favorite performer and this film is a beautiful (thought not thoroughly accurate) tribute of the slain Grammy-winning Tejano Queen. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by C. Eberlein
5.0 out of 5 stars Selena
This was a very good movie. I never had heard of Selena until i saw this movie, Jennifer Lopez does a wonderful job, i hightly reommend this movie
Published on April 25 2004 by "onecallaway"
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched For Life
This film and story will stay with me for the rest of my life, I decided to watch this since I knew the basic story of Selena, she was successful but her career and life was cut... Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Manda
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