'Selena: 10th Anniversary 2-Disc Special Edition'
(Jennifer Lopez, Richard Coca, Panchito Gomez, Sal Lopez, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1997) 2007 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The nuts and bolts of the irresistibly danceable music called Tejano are pop, rock, polka, R&B, and Latin influences. To millions of fans there s another vital ingredient: the dynamic singer Selena. "Selena" is the vibrant story of the Grammy-winning singer whose life ended at its creative peak. Pulsating with Selena s voice on the soundtrack, the film is powerfully authentic. In the title role, Jennifer Lopez captures the warmth and electricity of a beloved entertainer. Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, and Jacob Vargas.
DVD Verdict: This 1997 film, well directed by Gregory Nava, was the film that propelled Jennifer Lopez on to stardom. She is nothing short of sensational in this film. She is Selena! The film recounts the brief life of Selena Quintanilla Perez (Jennifer Lopez), a life that was built around her father's broken dreams. Her father (Edward James Olmos) had himself had a band in his youth called "Los Dinos". Now a married man with children, his dreams have stalled along the wayside. When he realizes, however, that his young daughter has some musical talent, he builds a band around her, "Selena and Los Dinos", and begins living vicariously through her.
Under the watchful eye of her martinet father, years of forced, musical practices and life on the road follow. Loving, possessive, and controlling, he succeeds in almost losing her, when she marries her guitarist without her father's permission. They reconcile, however, and he places Selena on the path to stardom, a tejano sensation on the cusp of becoming a crossover musical star. Unfortunately, her path crosses that of a fan, Yolanda Saldivar, whom Selena befriends, only to have her be the one who cuts her down in her prime.
Jennifer Lopez is sensational as Selena, big booty and all. She charms. She beguiles. She entertains. She is every inch the star. This has been her best role, and her performance is stellar. She should have won an award for her performance, because she most certainly deserved one for her portrayal of Selena. It is unfortunate that her acting career has been downhill ever since.
Edward James Olmos is perfect as Abraham Quintanilla, the father who pushed his daughter to heights that he had dreamed for himself but had been unable to reach. His performance is powerful and rich. He, too, should have had his award calibre performance acknowledged in some way, as it was close to perfect. Mr. Olmos is a wonderful actor who deserves more recognition than he has gotten, thus far.
And now with this 10th Anniversary 2-Disc Special Edition in our hands, we finally get the special extended film version that they've been saying existed all this time! It also houses the original theatrical version, of course, but also contains a behind-the-scenes making of featurette that is absolutely wonderful for us fans! And geyond even that check out the Queen of Tejano featurette ... it'll leave you breathless! All in all, this is an interesting, absorbing film with some great music. No wonder Selena was a hit! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Original Theatrical Version
Extended Film Verison
The Making of Selena: 10 Years Later
9 Additional Scenes
Selena: Queen of Tejano Featurette