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The Last Days of Left Eye

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A documentary on Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the troubled, enigmatic rapper from the female R&B group TLC. In the days leading up to her tragic death on April 25, 2002, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was on a spiritual retreat in Honduras. She had gone to her home away from home in order to distance herself from her problems, escape the chaos of the media and to face her inner demons. With the aid of a video camera and the support from those closest to her, she documented what would become her final days in journals and private home movies.

Special Features: Deleted scenes and exclusive new unreleased song: "Let's Just Do It" (DVD-ROM)



"...a fascinating chronicle of Lopes' tumultuous life and career." -- NY Daily News

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As the director of Tupac Resurrection, Lauren Lazin seems particularly well placed to profile R&B star Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. While Lazin assembled her Oscar-nominated Tupac film after the actor/rapper's death, Lopes initiated this VH1 project herself. In an attempt to set the record straight, she traveled to Honduras in 2002 for a 30-day spiritual retreat and filmed the results. As Lopes explains, "Part of the purpose of this documentary is so that people can get to know me." Lazin uses this footage as a framing device before rewinding to Lopes' birth, childhood, and rise to fame. As in Resurrection, the subject provides the narration; in this case, self-recorded material from that fateful trip (Lopes was killed in an automobile accident on the 27th day). After 17 years in Pennsylvania and Florida, Lopes moves to Atlanta, where she joins TLC in 1991. As the trio racks up hits, like "Creep" and "Waterfalls," she struggles with alcohol, the media, and her record company (TLC files for bankruptcy at the height of their success). Then she meets NFL player Andre Rison, with whom she falls in love, despite his possessive nature. After a bad night, she sets fire to his sneakers, resulting in the destruction of his entire mansion, an act for which she may be better remembered than her music. Lazin succeeds in revealing different aspects of Lopes' complex persona, such as her altruistic and introspective sides. Supplemental features include deleted scenes and a previously unreleased version of "Let's Just Do It." --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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Product Details

  • Actors: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
  • Directors: Lauren Lazin
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AUKUNG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mike W. on December 23, 2008
Format: DVD
This is the last film by TLC group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. She filmed most of it in Honduras in late March and throughout April 2002, and the idea behind it was to give her fans an inside look into her life. So they could get to know her better, through her own words and videos, and not just what's reported in the media.

The film starts off with Lisa leaving the U.S. and heading off to her spiritual retreat in Honduras. While Lisa narrates (with voiceovers and audio clips from previous interviews she did), you see rare photos and old film clips of Lisa Lopes when she was a baby and as a teen. She talks about her turbulent childhood and growing up under a very strict father. And she tells the story about how TLC began, talks about her ex-boyfriend Andre Rison and the infamous fire incident at his mansion. She also talks about her interest in numerology and being spiritual.

Unfortunately Lisa did not live to finish this documentary, but after seeing what she did film, in my opinion, I felt I got to know her much better. I definitely saw a different side to her as opposed to what i've seen previously (ex. the interviews, videos, etc). I see she had a sense of humor. She was gifted (could play the piano by ear at the age of four), and she was artistic. But she also had deep emotional pain/problems too (ex. carving the word "hate" on her arm).

The picture quality is good and the sound is in stereo. But for some reason, the song "Let's Just Do It" isn't on this DVD (at least not my copy). I received an email response from the Left Eye Legacy website and they stated that VH1 was provided with the song, but for some reason they didn't put it on the DVD. Hmmmm. And the DVD is also censored (any nudity is digitally concealed).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nathan H. Histed on June 30, 2008
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This documentary follows Lisa around during the last few weeks of her life. Throughout the journey, we learn many inside stories, leading up to the tragic death. Lisa was full of life, and you could see that she had so much she wanted to get done, yet it all got cut short. This documentary shows Lisa at all angels, and she finally speaks the truth about everything leading up to her final day. A must see for everyone!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Blackstock on October 21, 2008
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I've been a fan of TLC since late 1991. The chemistry and talent that T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli share with the world is something only TLC execute. After a decade of hits, singles, videos, albums, movies, ups and downs we lost one of the most creative emcees to every bless Hip-Hop and R-N-B. Years after her passing, the footage of the documentary that she was shooting was put together with tags of her history to create The Last Days of Left Eye. The story of her humble beginnings and rise to fame will warm your heart. The footage she shot on her last days will make you laugh and disturb you a little bit. Even if you aren't a fan of TLC, the story is so unique and interesting that this movie will probably keep the attention and engage anyone who watchs it. It also has a few short left-out scenes in the Special Features. The only downside is that the DVD boasts about having an unreleased TLC song called "Let's Just Do It" that should play as part of a CD-Rom. However, the song does not play. I've spoken to other people who have this DVD and they have the same problem. Reguardless, if u are a TLC and/or Left Eye fan, you will enjoy this DVD. Check it, and remember one of music's modern day legends.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JustAnotherCustomer on November 30, 2008
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This documentary is straight and -apart from some entirely unnecessary censorship- fairly unedited honest compilation of the video footage from Lisa's last days in Honduras. Some information and videos from her childhood and TLC life are inserted where appropriate to provide background information to the stories she tells to her friends and to the camera. This creates a quite informative picture about her career and some of her roots, but more importantly, it makes me feel like I can participate in one small piece of her very private life. It lets me have a very close look at her own, off-stage personality with all the twists, chaos, brilliance and these incredibly good energies inside... It's quite some time now that Lisa has left this planet, but I keep missing her a lot. If there is an afterlife, I guess she happily shakes up heaven now and keeps the good souls of our ancestors dancing in the skies (having a lot of fun in piece rather than just "resting" there).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Weston on January 7, 2013
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This is so captivating to me and Im not sure why. Maybe because it gave me a different perspective on death or something to think about. It is eerie that it seems like she was running from something (death?) and that the camera was recording at the time of her untimely passing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pound Cake on January 2, 2014
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The price on the DVD is ridiculous.The documentary is good but not worth this price.I advice you to look else were for cheaper price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paul grant on June 27, 2011
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i love this documentary it shows left eye before she was with TLC and with TLC. she was a very outspoken person and she keeps it real 110%percent. if you like TLC you will love this documentary it is good from start to finish with a sad ending.

rest in peace:left eye,aaliyah,tupac,biggie,eazy e,michael jackson the list goes on and on
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anyone else have problems with the DVD rom content
i have that same problem too. i dont kno what im doin so i aint even gon worry about it. i do know that you have to download the song to your computer.......somehow?
Oct 18, 2008 by A to da L to da E now bring it back to da X |  See all 4 posts
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