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Kobe Doin' Work: A Spike Lee Joint (2009)

Spike Lee  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ACPEU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kobe Doin' Work: A Spike Lee Joint" on IMDb

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Audio Options -- Broadcast Version (Censored With Commentary); "Game Only Experience" (No Commentary)

Editorial Reviews

Spike Lee calls the shots as he takes you up close and personal with Kobe Bryant the NBA's most valuable player of 2008. Experience unlimited access as 30 cameras follow Kobe's every move in the single most important match up of the 2007-08 season. Mic'ed to hear his every word, Kobe puts his leadership skills to the ultimate test as the Los Angeles Lakers take on the San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference title lead. From locker room prep and strategy talks to the dynamic action of the big game itself, Kobe Doin' Work is the NBA superstar as you've never seen him before, insense, uncensored and totally real!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only True Basketball Fans Will Understand May 17, 2009
"Kobe Doin' Work" is a short documentary with the goal of showing a part of the game that people have never seen before. Spike Lee chose Kobe Bryant because he is not only the greatest player in the game right now but because of the impact he has on his team. If you watch this film, you will understand why they call the Lakers "Kobe's Team." You will also gain a new respect for Kobe who has proven to be the reason for Laker success. Despite the game being a blowout for the Lakers, it is interesting to hear what exactly goes through Kobe's mind. Spike shot Kobe beautifully and succeeded in in getting his vision across. This film is not for everyone. Only the Laker faithfull and true basketball players can appreciate this insightfull documentary.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda boring May 16, 2009
I got a chance to watch this on ESPN and had high hopes that it would be very good. Not exactly what I was expecting. Basically you get Kobe with a hidden mic during a game and as the game (between L.A. and Spurs) goes on Kobe is watching the game and commenting on what he was thinking at that very moment. It's like watching a dvd with commentary option set to on. The game itself was boring as you sit there watching and thinking, " this going to get good?" I think of highlights from Jordan days and his films being like, "wow.....that was amazing...." Kobe has plenty of highlights they could have mixed in or at least on a bonus disc but this was as bland as a popcorn rice cake.

The nice part in the documentary is getting on the inside. Getting in the locker room and seeing what goes on was nice. The whole idea is good but it really just wasn't interesting. Kobe fumbled alot when in the game and the film crew was trying very hard to capture this awesome moment and.......just didn't get it. The only nice parts in the movie where when they showed his family and his daughters at the end. Very touching but in terms of "execution" of the film and basketball? Not entertaining. I rate it three stars just because I'm a Kobe fan. Just was expecting more from Spike on this one. It was okay to watch once....but that's about it. Nothing to go running to your friends to strongly suggest. Nice to see good team play but it looked like a bad game for Kobe overall on the film.

Now if Spike could have only captured the game against Toronto where Kobe dropped 81 points. That would have been great to see. I'd rather watch that game in it's full length than watch this movie again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There's a jokey, fun-loving side to Kobe Bryant's personality, and we've seen flashes of it in interviews and in behind-the-scenes locker room stuff. KOBE DOIN' WORK, in spots, does demonstrate this lightheartedness. But Kobe, who provides the commentary for this documentary, seems focused on informing the audience of his thought processes as he surveys the floor and on delving into the strategies behind the plays which unfold. For pure basketball fans, Kobe's articulate but dry assessments make for a fascinating listen. It's certainly enlightening stuff and you can't help but note his love for the game and the sheer competitive nature of the guy. But if you're a casual hoops person, you might yawn a few times.

The director here is Spike Lee and he sums up this documentary nicely: "This film is about one great player, one day, on the job." He also says, "We just wanted to capture how Kobe sees the game." and that also sums it up nicely. On April 13, 2008, during the 2007-08 NBA season, Spike Lee was granted access and a lot of leeway to the tune of 30 cameras which tracked a miked-up Kobe Bryant as the Los Angeles Lakers played their perennial rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, in one of those statement games, these two teams jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference.

This is all 20/20 hindsight talk but Spike Lee should've picked another game to film. Like maybe the barnburner in which Kobe scored 61 points against the New York Knicks. That same evening, Kobe recorded his commentary for this documentary, and he was certainly busting Spike's chops enough about his record-setting performance over Spike Lee's beloved Knicks. Against the Spurs Kobe didn't have as luminous an accounting, although he certainly had his fingerprints all over that game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
During the 2007-2008 season, the Los Angeles Lakers found its groove as the team had the best record in the West, Kobe Bryant who started out the season with media questioning if he will continue to be a Laker answered all questions on the court as he had a magnificent year and many people feeling the young basketball star deserves to be the MVP.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, that same season, the team came up short in the championship series against the Boston Celtics but rebounded the following year winning the championship in 2008-2009 and many praised the leadership of Bryant.

But director Spike Lee wanted to create a film and give fans a chance to see the real Kobe Bryant before, during and after a game. So, Kobe Bryant, Coach Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers organization let Spike Lee have Bryant mic'd, 30 cameras all over the stadium all focusing on Kobe Bryant and capturing not only the athlete in play but also giving people the chance to hear all the trash talking, the play calling, what goes on in the bench, what goes on during half time and just unlimited access to Kobe Bryant as the Los Angeles Lakers took on the San Antonio Spurs for a pivotal game that would give the Lakers home court advantage.

You literally start off when Kobe arrives to the Staples Center and watch him how he prepares and watch him lead and encourage the team through four quarters. Although the full game is not shown, you do get over an hour of basketball footage and hear how things are on the court uncensored.

While watching the film, you can hear audio commentary by Kobe Bryant as he explains certain scenes from the game and also his conversations with director Spike Lee.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I bought DVD for my son. He loves Kobe. He watches all kinds of videos to study and imitate moves from Kobe. Great DVD...
Published 1 month ago by DrewSweat
5.0 out of 5 stars Kobe is the man!
I love how close they get to the on court action it feels like I'm right there at the Staples Center, and to hear what's going on and how they players react to what's going on... Read more
Published 3 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Kobe doin work
Everything was great. The arrival time, product, and anything else you could imagine. Highly recommendable, and realiable. And besides you can't go wrong with the Black Mamba!
Published 4 months ago by MIke P.
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Video! It is a Documentary Not Action!
This movie is horrible! I love Kobe but he is not a commentator. This is a bogeous Spike Lee Documentary poor quality! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Armyblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Really?
What can I say... (The black Momba) one of the greatest to ever play the game! Like him or hate him, his Game is Rediculous!
Published 7 months ago by Chapellw
4.0 out of 5 stars Kobe Doin Work
I love it!!! The DVD is just amazing to those that love the Lakers!! It really shows the ins and outs of B-ball!
Published 9 months ago by Mathew Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars GRT8
they look nice, have not used them as they were a gift. she likes them and uses them a lot.
Published 9 months ago by Quinton Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Curtain, You See A Master at Work!
A number of people have said that this documentary is boring. If you're hoping to watch a bunch of basketball highlights, this is not the documentary for that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sean Pasek
5.0 out of 5 stars kobe is the best
Spike does a great job telling stories to help us live with the character.

I'd buy again with even if cost was more.
huge laker fan for life
Published 11 months ago by Cassandra Yancy
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
What an incredible insite to basketball. wish there were more like this on other players. Or even on Kobe. so good
Published 15 months ago by Bradden du Jary
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