'Cronicas' Wins Top Latino DVD Honors11 Apr, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
Cronicas, Sebastian Cordero's acclaimed suspense thriller about a crusading TV reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador to investigate a string of gruesome child murders, won top honors at the second annual Latino DVD Awards, presented Tuesday, April 11, in West Hollywood, Calif.
The film, released by Palm Pictures and Visual Entertainment, was named Best of Show, beating more than 30 contenders that were entered into the annual contest, produced by Home Media Retailing magazine.
The film also won for Best Special Features, with one judge calling the Cronicas DVD “a model for U.S. releases, with its well-crafted menu, detailed introductions to deleted scenes and shocking alternate ending.”
A panel of entertainment journalists judged the contest, in which Spanish-language DVDs released domestically in calendar 2005 competed in seven categories.
The other winners:
- Best Theatrical DVD: The Sea Inside, from New Line Home Entertainment, director Alejandro Amenabar's true-life story of a Spanish man who fought a 30-year campaign in support of euthanasia.
- Best Nontheatrical DVD: Flores de Otro Mundo, from Image Entertainment, about three women and three men whose lives connect at a bachelor party.
- Best Classic/Catalog DVD: The Mambo Kings Special Edition, from Warner Home Video, the 1992 film about two musician brothers who leave Cuba for America in the 1950s in the hopes of making it big in the booming Latino music scene here.
- Best U.S. Production: Carlito's Way: Ultimate Edition, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, the Brian DePalma gangster film with Al Pacino as a Puerto Rican ex-con trying desperately to go straight.
- Best Children's DVD: The Three Wise Men, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the beloved tale of the Magi.
In addition, The Motorcycle Diaries, from Universal, received an honorable mention in the Best of Show category.
The second annual Latino DVD Awards were part of the third annual Latino DVD Conference, produced by Home Media Retailing in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The awards were presented at the Bel Age Hotel by comedian Joey Medina and Home Media Retailing's Angelique Flores.
Home Media Retailing is published by Questex Media Group.