Buena Vista Social Club Blu-ray
Criterion | 1999 | 105 min | Rated G | Apr 18, 2017
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Single disc (1 BD-50)
Buena Vista Social Club (1999)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
Director: Wim Wenders
Writers: Wim Wenders, Nick Gold
Starring: Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo
Buena Vista Social Club
Synopsis: Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba's brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected brush with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim Wenders filmed the ensemble's members—including golden-voiced Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González—in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved music documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba's prerevolutionary heritage.
- New high-definition digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 1999 featuring director Wim Wenders
- New interview with Wenders
- We Believe in Dreams, a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from the rehearsals for the Buena Vista Social Club's Amsterdam concerts
- Interview from 1998 with musician Compay Segundo on his career and the Cuban music scene
- Radio interviews from 2000 featuring musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, and others
- Additional scenes
- PLUS: An essay by author and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
STREET DATE: APRIL 18.