The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (The Criterion Collection)(1982) Blu-ray
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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Blu-ray
Criterion | 1982 | 106 min | Rated PG | Aug 14, 2018

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: LPCM Mono

English SDH

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515218917

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (The Criterion Collection)(1982) Blu-ray

After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

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.

Director: Robert M. Young
Starring: Tom Bower, James Gammon, Edward James Olmos

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW 2K DIGITAL RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- 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 Olmos; director Robert M. Young; producer Moctesuma Esparza; cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos; and actors Bruce McGill, Tom Bower, Rosanna DeSoto, and Pepe Serna
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Charles Ramírez Berg
- Optional English SDH and English subtitles where necessary

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