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  • Actors: Beyonce Knowles, Mekhi Phifer, Mos Def, Casey Lee, Rah Digga
  • Directors: Robert Townsend
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carmen - A Hip Hopera" on IMDb

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  • "The Making of Carmen: An MTV Special"
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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (DVD)

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Recasting Bizet's classic opera as a musical tale in the 'hood, Carmen: A Hip Hopera proves that the plot's not the thing. By retaining the story but jettisoning Bizet's individual musical numbers that propel the tragedy to its inevitable conclusion, this Carmen founders on familiarity: it's just another soap opera about two lovers whose tryst proves fatal. Occasionally, the music quotes Bizet's famous themes, but most of the rapping and singing sound interchangeable. What makes this Carmen worth seeing, however, is the scintillating performance of Beyoncé Knowles (of the trio Destiny's Child) in the lead role. From her first entrance in a dazzling red gown, Knowles shows off a vibrant, magnetic personality; the camera loves her, as her group's many music videos have shown, but they only hint at how impressively she holds the screen. Can she act? The jury's still out, but Carmen: A Hip Hopera--however disappointing this hybrid is in most ways--showcases a compelling movie-star presence. --Kevin Filipski

Customer Reviews

It is okay to watch like if your home on a rainy night.
madeline barnes
I usually have a bad thought about music stars being movie stars, but Beyonce just changed my whole point of view on that.
Sonya
Beyonce is such a talented actress she plays good in every movie!
eboni

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 24, 2003
Format: DVD
I think that this movie is definately worth your money and your time. It is fabulous and it involes alot of r'n'b singing and music. The story is fabulous and of course the actor is fabulous: BEYONCE KNOWLES!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Msz Anna on January 9, 2009
Format: DVD
Carmen is the story of Beyonce - the troublemaker and hottie of the town, and Mekhi Phifer who plays Officer Hill. Hill is engaged to the perfect woman (not Beyonce, another girl)... until one night when he has to drive Carmen to the police station and thats when the drama begins. Carmen will do anything to get out of going to jail. Even seducing him. And thats where everything starts to go wrong..

Its not anything spectacular, but its good to watch once or twice. The songs in it are pretty good.. especially "If looks could kill" which Beyonce & Mos Def sang really well... and the twist definately suprised me. There are some boring bits, but overall i enjoyed it and i think its worth watching.

Oh and the quality of the dvd was good too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eboni on October 7, 2012
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I love this movie! I could watch it all day! I can quote each and every song! The songs are amazing the actors were perfect! Beyonce is such a talented actress she plays good in every movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By soundman on September 16, 2012
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This is a nice fresh modern updated version of the original Classicaly Opera written by the French composer Georges Biet - pronouced Geeeoorge Bee Zay. This musicial - melo/drama - based work will catch any persons attention after they reconize the catchy tunes. Especially if tthe have had any exposure to Classical music in their earlier years in high school. Afterall all hip hop music is not about the bling , women & cars. Example R.Kelly's The Closet. Moore reviews on films like this to come later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Lady on December 20, 2011
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What better way to teach students how a long standing famous/popular opera was used as a Hip Hopera. The story line pretty much followed the original story line (key incidents) with a few exceptions and a few embellishments.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 15, 2006
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I would have to say that I found this movie to be a disapointment, which is unfortunate. This is because the movie had some potential when it came to music and directing but unfortunately, little of that potential was realized.

The movie was directed by Robert Townsend who directed, "Hollywood Shuffle" which proved to be ground breaking for its time. Beyonce Knowles has also acted in a few films and has shown that she has some natural talent. With some instruction, assuming she has not had some already, she may well prove to be a very accomplished actress.

The major problem with the movie is the script. I know next to nothing about the opera Carmen, but the first movie entitled, "Carmen" had a totally different plot. I never understood how Hollywood can remake a classic and re-invent the wheel at the same time. Nine times out of ten it usually proves to be a disaster. This movie being case in point.

In any event, it was not just the script that proved to be a hinderance to this film but the directing of it also. I found the camera techniques used to be tiresome to say the least. I could go into more details concerning this but I do not wish to bore you with this review as it discusses every bad idea that was tried in this film from start to finish.

I will say this however, although I do not listen to hip hop music at all. I found several of the songs to be orginal, at least to my ears, and not too bad. Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, most of the songs that I enjoyed were performed by Beyonce Knowles. As for the rest of the performances, although I have no doubt that it did have rap artists throughout this movie I was not necessarly impressed with their performance as artists or as actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dijiah Minaj on January 13, 2014
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I love this movie, it was awesome and the actual DVD did live up to expectations. I was very pleased overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By toysha on May 3, 2013
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The music is my favorite part of the movie being that it ties in with the movie. Great movie overall!
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