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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 88 (Sep 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Diego Luna, Romolo Garai, Sela Ward, John Slattery, Jonathan Jackson, January Jones, Mika Boorem, Ren

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with co-producer and choreographer JoAnn Jansen and producer Sarah Green, two multi-angle dance sequences, 10 deleted scenes, an 11-minute look at Baila! A Dance Piece, a 24-minute Inside Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights featurette, and Yerba Buena

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13213
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
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(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/20/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Guy Ferland
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Essentially the same story as the 1987 Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey vehicle, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights tells the story of (Garai), an American good girl living in Cuba with her parents in 1958. She meets Javier (Luna), a hot (sweaty) dancer, and learns to dance, while any romance between the two is strictly forbidden by her parents and the resort for which he is employed. Patrick Swayze cameos as dance instructor Johnny Castle (but don

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture has a sultry, softly focused picture that is visually complementary to both the 1950s period and the Cuban setting of the film. The color palette is awash with warm hues, and fleshtones can have a slightly orange appearance. Still, the color palette is easy-on-the-eyes with bold hues and deep blacks. Through the hazy appearance, sharpness is satisfactory. There is some pixelization and minor edge enhancement apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

The hot and sexy Cuban-themed music permeates the presentation, and the resulting effect to the Dolby