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The Return Of Ruben Blades (1985/MVD Visual Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: C+

The 1985 Robert Mugge (Black Wax, Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise)-directed documentary The Return Of Ruben Blades is a profile on the life and music of Grammy Award-Winner (and sometimes actor) Ruben Blades. Mugge and Blades make it an interesting journey that's worth taking. Well shot and produced, it's an interesting look at the 1980s music scene, but at times feels a bit dated despite its advantage in being another palpable time capsule Mugge is so capable of creating. Still, the theme of the film is pretty strong - that the power of music can overcome many ordinary life obstacles. If you're a musician or have a passion for music, then you may want to check this film out particularly.

Filmed in his native Panama, at his Harvard Law School graduation, at a club in New York City, and with Linda Ronstadt in a Los Angeles recording studio, we follow Blades throughout an interesting life transition and hear about his past and evolution of his unique music. For those only familiar with his acting, it will be informative and for fans of his music, a rare portrait finally reissued. Good to have it on Blu-ray.

Presented in 1080p high definition and a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio and a 2.0 stereo track, the older film looks and sounds fine on Blu-ray and was obviously shot on 16mm film as Mugge's works always were at the time and looks good for that.

No extras.

- James Lockhart



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