(November 30, 2005 - Los Angeles, CA) – As a follow up to its recent Hispanic Heritage Month releases, Warner Home Video will distribute a second wave of titles, which will hit the street on February 28, 2006. The Warner Home Video "Colección Latina" features critically acclaimed, award-winning DVDs from Mexico and Spain, all of which have original Spanish language audio and English subtitles. Warner continues to be enthusiastic about the Hispanic home video marketplace considering Hispanics spend 6.5% of their entertainment dollars on movies compared to 4.7% for the general population (Tomás Rivera Policy Institute). Additionally, sales of original Spanish-language DVDs have grown 83% from 2000 to 2005. From México, Warner Home Video brings you "La Última Noche" ("The Last Night") the last installment in the Mexican smash box-office hit trilogy which began with "La Primera Noche" ("The First Night" and followed with "La Segunda Noche" ("The Second Night"), also released by WHV in September 2005. Starring Mexican legend Andrés Garcia and Cecilia Gabriela, star of the hit telenovela "La Madrastra," "La Última Noche" concludes the bittersweet stories of an extended family in present-day Mexico City whose love lives are individual roller coasters of hilarity and deeply-felt emotion. The one constant: Family Love is Forever. "La Última Noche" is directed by Alejandro Gamboa, who also directed the first two installments, and also stars Mariana Avila, a telenovela star and member of the hot Mexican girl-group Mamá No Sabe Nada (Mama Knows Nothing). "Deadly Cargo" ("Cámara Oscura") is an edge-of-your-seat thriller on the high seas that was a box-office sensation in Spain. Directed by Pau Freixas ("Cactus"), "Deadly Cargo" received two Goya Award Nominations – Best New Actress for Silke, who plays Terra in the film and Best Supporting Actor for Unax Ugalde who plays Hector. The film also stars Lluis Homar ("Bad Education") and Adrai Collado ("El Arte de Morir"). Variety writes, “'Deadly Cargo' exploits a decent budget, good performances and self-assured helming with such skill and energy that it transcends the clichés inherent in it’s inevitably déjá vu plotline.” The third film in WHV’s Colección Latina series is "Ants in the Mouth" ("Hormigas en la Boca"), a crime thriller set in 1958 Spain and Cuba which won a Best Actor Award for its leading star Eduard Fernandez ("Fausto 5.0") at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival. "Ants in the Mouth" was also nominated for Best Film at the Málaga Film Festival and was directed by Mariano Barroso ("In the Time of the Butterflies") and also stars Adriana Gil ("Belle Epoque") and Jorge Perugorria ("Fresa y Chocolate"). Variety writes, “ … a brooding, intense and shrewdly-plotted thriller.” CREDIT Warner Home Video’s "Colección Latina" launched on September 6, 2005 with the first wave of high-quality, critically-acclaimed film releases from Spain and Latin America as well as Latin themed catalog titles. The First Wave of releases includes "La Niña Santa" ("The Holy Girl"), "La Segunda Noche" ("The Second Night"), "Días de Fútbol" ("Soccer Days"), "Nos Miran" ("They’re Watching"), "Santos Peregrinos" ("Holy Pilgrims"), and "The Mambo Kings." All titles are available everywhere DVD’s are sold. Warner Home Video brings you the best in high-quality contemporary Latin American cinema as well as the best English-language Latino themed films. With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment. Venevision International has more that 3 years distributing originally produced in Spanish language films, and is recognized by the quality of its catalog and its capacity of promoting its titles in the leading US Hispanic TV channels. The titles included in this release will be supported as part of its efforts to develop this increasingly important market, now hand in hand with Warner Brother Video. Venevision International is an entertainment company part of the Cisneros Group of Companies, with more than 30 years in the market and its projects are inserted in the business development strategy designed by Gustavo Cisneros, Chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies. Venevision International distributes television programs throughout the world and is one of the largest producers of independent television programs in Spanish. The company also distributes films in Spanish for theater, pay-per-view, home video, paid and open television in the United States, where it also does business with its own record Label Vene Music and markets “audio books” through its company “Fonolibro.” The company also produces theater in Spanish in its own theater house in Miami and is a pioneer in the area of “advertainment” (product integration) through Synapsis International.
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