Born In East L.A. (1987) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Cheech Marin
Starring: Cheech Marin, Daniel Stern, Paul Rodriguez
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout Select
Cheech Marin, writes, directs and stars in Born In East L.A., a hip, outrageous comedy that’s more timely than ever. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico – without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal – and illegal – scheme he can think of to get back home. He finds himself in jail, in love, and practically insane in this hilarious case of mistaken, or rather, misplaced, identity!
One half of the stoner comedy duo Cheech from Cheech and Chong finds himself on the wrong side of the border when he is accidentally deported to Mexico in the movie Born in East L.A. This is a movie I’m pretty fond of because I used to watch it all the time on HBO when I was a kid and it came on. I saw this movie before I ever saw Cheech’s other movies and maybe it’s nostalgia or maybe it’s personal taste, but I like this movie a lot more than the others and find it to be a lot funnier. None the less in the movie we see Cheech who was born in East L.A. have to find a job and then try to find a way back into America which comes with very funny scenes and parody of the song Born in the USA. It’s a lot of fun and it never does get dull which is one of the reasons the movie still works so well today. Heck, in today’s world it may even work better overall. If you didn’t know how funny Cheech Marin can be, you need to give this one a watch.
From scenes where Cheech tries to teach some foreigners how to fit in, to scenes where his buddy back at home thinks that a photo of Jesus is talking to him every time someone leaves a message on the answering machine, this one is packed with hilarious moments. The Blu-ray here from Shout Factory’s Select line comes with some cool stuff as well. Not only is the movie here in HD looking good, but you get a good selection of extras as well. One of which is a really cool new movie commentary featuring Cheech Marin himself. Cheech who by the way was also the movie’s director and writer to go along with being the star. You also get a standard edition version of the TV cut. If you want a funny movie that I think tops the usual Cheech and Chong films, then give Born in East L.A. a shot and see why I’m such a big fan of this one.
– NEW Audio Commentary By Director/Writer/Star Cheech Marin And Film Historian Marc Edward Heuck
– NEW Interview With Cheech Marin
– NEW Interview With Actress Kamala Lopez
– NEW Interview With Actor Paul Rodriguez
– Extended Television Cut Of Born In East L.A. (Standard Definition)
– Theatrical Trailer
– Photo Gallery
– Production Notes
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 91%