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directed by Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
Puerto Rico/USA 2014


"The critically acclaimed MALA MALA explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico. The film features Ivana, an activist; Soraya, an older sex-change pioneer; Sandy, a prostitute looking to make a change; and Samantha and Paxx, both of whom struggle with the quality of medical resources available to assist in their transition. Hailed as “Sensitive and thoughtful” by the NEW YORK TIMES and winner of the audience award for documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival, MALA MALA affirms that the quest to find oneself can be both difficult and beautiful."


Theatrical Release: 1 July 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:28:51

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English/Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (for Spanish dialogue), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Photo Galleries:
� - 'Theatrical Premiere'
� - 'Tribeca Drag Ball'
� - 'Behind the Scenes'
� 'Sandy's Pets' (16:9; 2:53)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:26)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2015

Chapters 8





Strand's high bitrate DVD features a strong progressive, anamorphic encode of this HD-lensed featurette with video noise inherent in the source when there are underexposed night sequences (although the videography is generally slick). The 2.0 stereo track capably renders the dialogue-heavy documentary and its moments of source music and scoring. The optional English subtitles translate the Spanish dialogue but do transcribe what the translators must have perceived as too-thickly-accented exchanges (although a Closed Captioning track or additional full SDH track might have been nice). Extras are rather insubstantial in the form of three photo galleries and a brief clip segment.

  - Eric Cotenas

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