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The Buddy Holly Story/La Bamba
The Buddy Holly Story/La Bamba
Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Gary Busey, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña
Directors: Luis Valdez, Steve Rash
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
PG-13     2005     3hr 42min

LA BAMBA: The life of rock & roll legend Richie Valens bursts across the screen in this celebrated, music-filled movie with star-making performances by Lou Diamond Phillips as Richie and Esai Morales as his half-brother, B...  more »


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Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Gary Busey, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña
Directors: Luis Valdez, Steve Rash
Creators: Daniel Valdez, Luis Valdez, Bill Borden, Alan Swyer, John Goldrosen, Robert Gittler
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 09/13/2005
Original Release Date: 07/24/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/1987
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 3hr 42min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

For anyone who cares...
Crazy Reviewer | United States... | 08/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love La Bamba and the Buddy Holly Story is okay. This is a less expensive way to get them both. Both titles are listed as Widescreen on Amazon, as well as on the box and the slipcases for each DVD. The Buddy Holly Story, however, is a fullscreen DVD. La Bamba IS widescreen. I'm not sure if The Buddy Holly Story that is sold individually is labeled incorrectly or if it is just the one in this set."
Double features ripping us off?
Adrian G. Ramirez | 01/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I have quite a large dvd collection (for a college student) that is somewhere between 300 and 400 movies and I've grown quite tired of picking up a double or triple feature set that purports all the movies to be in anamorphic widescreen and then when I put the movie in am disappointed that only one movie is and the other movies have "been formatted to fit this screen"

I'm sure the companies that put these films out don't stalk me to find out what my TV setup is like so I'll put this out there for them to read: I try to buy movies that are formatted for my screen - they say so on the back, it's called "anamorphic widescreen". If I wanted a horrendously cropped piece of crap I'd watch a laserdisc of "Let It Be".

As an avid movie watcher it tends to frustrate me when companies think they can do this to consumers - essentially a very backhanded bait and switch where they don't even tell you they've switched... Don't get me wrong, I love deals like this (2 movies for 6 bucks!) but I already owned La Bamba and wanted to get this for the Buddy Holly Story... Now I'm stuck with a cropped Holly DVD and 2 identical copies of La Bamba!

Do your research before you decide to buy a double feature from any of the major companies - sadly this is hard to do when (like me) you're always finding yourself at the store with the last copy of something like this on the shelf and can't go home to check online... On a good note, not all of the double/triple features are like this. Paramount tends to go a good job as well as MGM (and they put each movie on its own disc!)"
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 08/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I found this two disc edition with "The Buddy Holly Story" and "La Bamba" for $ 9.99. They are both good movies,but "La Bamba" is a much better movie than "The Buddy Holly Story". "La Bamba" has a lot more character development and by the time the doomed young Valens meets his fate,it hits home just how sad and tragic this infamous plane crash was! Introducing Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie, he takes the role seriously and plays the part well. It is a tale about two brothers as much as it is a story about the young rock star's quick climb to stardom and tragic fall from the sky. Esai Morales plays Ritchie's half brother with gusto and it is this relationship that makes the film really shine. Ritchie's half brother is the opposite of the goodie two shoes Valens,but he is not really evil. It is a very interesting and touching story. "The Buddy Holly Story" is good,but the story never really goes anywhere,but lead us to the inevitable end. Busey does get brownie points for doing his own singing. It's a good film,but watching it back to back with "La Bamba" it pales in comparison. The Two DVD's are presented in widescreen,but "Holly" movie had a "this has been formatted to fit you TV screen" warning before the movie?? The transfers look very good and the soundtrack was rocking!"
Rock n'Roll Movie Bio's
Earl Dickens | USA | 03/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This collection of 2 of the best movies ever made on rock n' roll, showcases the lives of 2 of the most memorable stars of the late 50's, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Gary Bussey was nominated for his role as Buddy Holly and Lou Diamond Phillips shines as Ritchie Valens. These are 2 very nostalgic movies that will move everyone."