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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 49 (June 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tommy Davidson & Michael Rapaport

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5197
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong language and some violence.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 136
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/17/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Spike Lee
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Spike Lee

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a colorful picture that is typically associated with Spike Lee Joints. Shot on video, the picture exhibits images that are at times harsh, with excessive noise. Other scenes are somewhat solid and smooth. Edge enhancement is noticed, as are aliasing problems. Much of what makes this DVD quite mediocre in image quality is related to the source and Spike Lee

The Dolby

  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
After installing, you are brought to the DVD-ROM main menu, which includes links for reading the Script to Screen, and viewing the Original Web site. The Script to Screen section is not the most attractive, but is easy to read. You can print each section of the script (divided by the chapters of the DVD), or the entire thing. From the Original Web site, you can view a write-up on the story, cast and crew biographies, a listing of the songs in the soundtrack, clips from the Minstrel Show, and four video and five audio interviews. The Minstrel Show clips are satirical, ridiculing comedy of the late 1800s in the south. The features available with this title are well done, but by only transferring the Web site onto the disc, the creators are only showing laziness instead of brilliance.