Blu-ray Release: La Bamba

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

La Bamba movie scene

Lou Diamond Phillips is Ritchie Valens in La Bamba

The 1987 music-filled biographical drama La Bamba tells the brief, ultimately tragic, but uplifting story of pioneering rock star Ritchie Valens, born Ricardo Valenzuela in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley.

Portrayed in the movie by Lou Diamond Phillips, Valens 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. Valens’ short life—particularly with family and friends in a vibrant Mexican-American community—and obsessive love of music are the focus in La Bamba, directed with warmth by Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit). Valens’ music is performed with crackling energy by the sensational Los Lobos.

Twilight Time’s edition of the film, its Blu-ray debut, contains the following features:

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

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives is NOW!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.