Blood In, Blood Out – The Director’s Cut (aka Bound by Honor) (DVD) 1993 The true-life story of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca Color Shown in aspect ratio of 1.66:1 Approx. 190 min. (Region 1 - Playable in North America - The US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) With optional English subtitles. Beautiful print! Director’s cut*!
Starring: Damian Chapa. Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Delroy Lindo, Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo Written by Ross Thomas, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone and Floyd Mutrux. Directed and Produced by Taylor Hackford
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco (Benjamin Bratt) and Cruz (Jesse Borrego) and their bi-racial cousin Miklo (Damian Chapa). It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos" and the story focuses on how violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.
A critically acclaimed modern-day epic. Within the rich and colorful Chicano culture of East Los Angeles
*UK theatrical release was edited to secure an 18 rating and removed shots of a butterfly knife being twirled. For the original video release further 21 sec. were removed. This Director's cut runs approximately 10 min. longer.