- 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
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- 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:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: Sept. 23 1997
- Run Time: 127 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 211 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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