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‘Bless Me, Ultima’ gets Sept. 17 DVD release

Antonio, left, played by Luke Ganalon and Ultima, played by Miriam Colon star in the film adaptation of "Bless Me, Ultima."

Antonio, left, played by Luke Ganalon and Ultima, played by Miriam Colon star in the film adaptation of “Bless Me, Ultima.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Bless Me, Ultima” lovers will be able to take the beloved tale home on DVD beginning Sept. 17.

It will be available at retail outlets, as well as Amazon and for rental at Redbox.

The movie — which is based on the best-selling author Rudolfo Anaya — has a limited release run in late-2012 and early 2013..

The film stars Miriam Colon as Ultima and Luke Ganalon as Antonio Mares.

The DVD cover of "Bless Me, Ultima."

The DVD cover of “Bless Me, Ultima.”

“Bless Me, Ultima” is a turbulent coming of age coming of age story about Antonio Marez, played by Luke Ganalon, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II.

When a mysterious curandera (healer) named Ultima, played by Miriam Colon, comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world.

As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents.

Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events, Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil, and ultimately how to reconcile Ultima’s powers with those of the God of his church.

The DVD is being released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

It was written for the screen and directed by Carl Franklin, who directed “Devil With a Blue Dress.” It was also executive producered by Christy Walton, Kevin Reidy and Rudolfo Anaya, with Mark Johnson, Sarah DiLeo and Jesse B’Franklin serving as producers.

The film runs 106 minutes and is rated PG-13.

The film opened on Oct. 19 in five New Mexico theaters, a day after premiering at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. To date, the film has grossed more than $325,000 in New Mexico and averaged $16,000-plus per screen on its opening weekend, making it the No. 1 film in the region that weekend.

Similarly, the film was successful in its El Paso release on Sept. 19, averaging $10,000-plus per screen on its opening weekend and grossing more than $100,000 since its Sept. 21 debut in that city.


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