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La Bamba (1987) tells the brief, ultimately tragic, but uplifting story of Ritchie Valens, born Ricardo Valenzuela in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. Valens (engagingly played by Lou Diamond Phillips) would have three hit songs before dying at the shockingly young age of 17 in the infamous plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson; his short life—particularly with family and friends in a vibrant Mexican-American community—and obsessive love of music are the focus here. Directed with great warmth by Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit); Valens’ music is performed with crackling energy by the sensational Los Lobos.
Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosana De Soto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle Von Zerneck, Joe Pantoliano, Rick Dees, Marshall Crenshaw, Brian Setzer
Directed By: Luis Valdez
Written By: Luis Valdez
Score By: Various
Video: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 / Color
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Theatrical Release: 1987
Runtime: 109 Minutes
Region Code: Region Free (A/B/C)
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Director/Writer Luis Valdez, Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Esai Morales and Producer Stuart Benjamin / Audio Commentary with Producers Taylor Hackford and Daniel Valdez / Original Theatrical Trailer
Genre: Biographical Drama
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units