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Belly [Blu-ray] (1998)

Tyrin Turner , Hassan Johnson , Hype Williams  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tyrin Turner, Hassan Johnson, Taral Hicks, DMX, Method Man
  • Directors: Hype Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A5ES6G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,360 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Widescreen/Blu Ray of Belly a drama released in 1998 featuring Method Man, Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks. Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Hassan Johnson, Power, Louie Rankin, Tyrin Turner, Stanley Drayton, Kurt Loder, The Rev. Benjamin F. Muhammed. Director: Hype Williams. Synopsis: On the run from the feds and dodging bullets from their rivals, two longtime friends begin to question each other's loyalty. Rating: R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug use. Length: 95 Minutes

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Artisan's new "Belly" DVD isn't so SPECIAL!!!! January 26, 2004
Format:DVD
When I first heard that Artisan would be releasing a brand new special edition of "Belly", I was intrigued. I already owned the original DVD release which was alright but a little light in the special features category. On it, director Hype Williams spoke on a number of scenes that were omitted from the final release. He talked about wanting to put together a "director's cut". With this edition, I was hoping that we would finally get to see the footage he talked about.
Much to my dismay, this entire "Special Edition" is one of the weakest and most half-baked attempts to re-sell the same DVD twice that I've ever come across. Not only is there no added material from the actual movie but the special features included have me more confused than most viewers were with the original version of this film. The so-called "Deleted Scene" is actually just one solid shot of a bunch of people standing in front of some strippers at a night club. When they turn around, their bare breasts are blurred out like some TV reality show or something. I find it very hard to believe that this was ever even intended to be in the movie as the inclusion of it would make no sense once so ever. In fact, I think it's safe to say that it's probably just some daily from one of the filiming days at the strip bar. As for the "Spoken Word Featurette", it is actually just a bunch of people performing live poetry based on some of the characters in the movie. What The?!?! The only added feature that has anything to do with the movie is the music video for the song, "Grand Finale" off the film's soundtrack. Even the advertised bonus CD soundtrack is not the full album but eight songs from it thrown on a disc. The rest of the features are just recycled from the previous DVD release.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for half, not good for all May 23, 2000
By "gaz-l"
Format:VHS Tape
A person can look a Belly two ways. Half of us will see it as a video guide on how to be drug dealin' gangsta, and as a bad influece on americas youth (trust me, I've seen this movie influence some kids). The other half will see it as a way for, to use one of Nas' own terms, "Ghetto Prisoners to Rise." My only beef is why did they show all of this crime and violence for 99% of the movie? It's like they just tacked on the "lets all get togther ednding" just to make you forget about the actual theme of the film. It doesn't make the film any worse, just puzzling. One great thing is how the characters that Nas, X, and Meth play are exactly how you would vision them in real life. X is hard and crazy, Nas is down, yet knowledgable and intellegant and Meth is grimy. If you like these artists, you'll love Belly. If you don't, you'll probably do better of watching somthing else.Belly is a movie with a message to and from the streets, and with an excellent story line, great camera angles, and real life situations. If oyu can get past all the excess "gangsta-ism" you wil see that.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a visually stunning first film for hype williams November 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Hype makes a spectacular transistion from the genre of filming amazing music videos to his own feature length film- belly... fusing hip-hop/r&b culture to this gritty street drama, the influences of music can be seen and add much emotional depth to the film. overall, spectacular...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Story?? Still a solid Movie!! January 23, 2001
Format:DVD
Hype Williams directorial debut was solid yet confusing. Belly gives you the feel of an overextended music video gone awry. The first few minutes are focused on a glossy holdup of NYC's Tunnel Nightclub. The two main characters, Sincere and Tommy, played by rap stars, Nas and DMX have masterminded a scheme to expand their local empire and popularize a new underground drug. In their efforts, they enlist a Jamaican drug lord (played by Louie Rankin who's authentic but small part is noted:)to front them the cash for quick profits. This sounds like a simple plot, but unfortunately a terrible editing job has made this story difficult to understand unless you view it more than five times. After some reasonable success, the operation is depleted and Tommy and Sincere go in opposite directions. Sincere, played horribly by NAS, and his wife, (Tionne Watkins)who is equally as bad, agree that Africa is their safe haven, and they decide to make the move. This, in my estimation is another confusing part of the story. Why Africa? What sensible black couple would just pick up and travel to Africa to start another life? It just doesn't make sense. The story takes another weird twist when Tommy (DMX) becomes entangled with the Federal authorities to conspire an assaniation plot on a Louis Farrakhan character they foolishly call "The Minister". This Minister character is a cameo role for Dr. Benjamin Chavis, who recently embraced the Nation after a heated ordeal as leader of the NAACP. This climax is fitting since the story has us totally bamboozled by now. Your probably wondering why I gave it four stars, but my explanation should be suffice. DMX holds this picture on his back, he literally carries it from start to finish. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dynamic Masterpiece From Hype Williams October 23, 2000
Format:DVD
Hype Williams feature length debut is an artistic masterpiece of visual, musical, and character dynamics. Like musical masterpieces such as The Planets, by Gustav Holst, Hype touches every point of the spectrum. From a cappella to slammin' rap joints, from the absence of color to nothing but a kalediscope, this film is anything but a two hour adaptation of William's music videos. The story, centered around two best friends, explores their growth apart and there eventual redemption when they step back from the life they have lived and gain some knowledge of self. The violence and calousness of the characters is the foundation for the greatest of contrasts. The absence of the value of life to the understanding of the importance of all life. Very good performances from first timers DMX and Nas, as well as amazing cinematography and lighting place this film in a whole different category than Boys in the Hood and Menace II Society. To believe that this is another violent "Hood/Gangsta" movie is only one of the many reasons that Belly is among the most underrated and misinterpreted films of the 90's.
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