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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Spine #940



Release:
Aug 14, 2018
$29.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Other Versions:

Blu-ray


Directed By: Robert M. Young
Licensor: MGM Home Entertainment




Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days. Producer-star Edward James Olmos, seeking to shed new light on a historical incident that had been enshrined in a corrido (folk song), enlisted director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, to helm this trailblazing independent film, a landmark of Chicano cinema. Shifting its perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez is a thrilling chase film and a nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth surrounding Cortez, uncovering the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend.

Supplements
  • New interview with actor and producer Edward James Olmos
  • New interview with Chon A. Noriega, author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema
  • Cast-and-crew panel from 2016 including Edward James Olmos; director Robert M. Young; producer Moctesuma Esparza; cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos; and actors Bruce McGill, Tom Bower, Rosanna DeSoto, and Pepa Serna
  • An essay by film scholar Charles Ramírez Berg

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